LA JOLLA, Calif. – UC San Diego’s Andie Nishimi, Sandy Hon, Luke Calkins, Drew Dickinson, Max Jiganti and Chase Cockerill were named Thursday to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District® At-Large First Team for the NCAA Division II District 8, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
All six Tritons advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® ballot, joining 11 other selections from their region at the district level. UCSD’s District 8 includes programs from the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), Great Northwest Athletic Conference and Pacific West Conference.
Nishimi, a junior attacker of the women’s water polo squad, maintains a 3.93 grade-point average in cognitive science. The Moraga native scored 12 goals and dished out nine assists in 2014, appearing in 80 quarters and set career highs in goals, assists and steals. It marks the first such award for Nishimi.
Hon, a senior swimmer, maintains a 3.60 grade-point average with a psychology major and a minor in music. The El Monte native led off the 200 medley relay that placed fifth at NCAA Championships in a school-record time of 1:42.23, earning All-America status. She is a two-time CSCAA All-American and has qualified for the NCAA Championships in all four years. It marks the first such award for Hon.
Calkins, a senior diver, maintains a 3.94 grade-point average in mechanical engineering. He took eighth place in three-meter diving at the NCAA Championships, and 11th in one-meter. The Kansas City native was the PCSC conference champion in both diving events. Calkins was awarded the 2014 NCAA Elite 89 award at the NCAA Championships, is a 2014 CSCAA All-American (8th in 3M diving) and was the PCSC Championships Male Diver of the Meet. In his career, he is a four-time All-America honorable mention and was part of four conference team titles and traveled to NCAA meet all four seasons, qualifying for main draw in last three. It marks the third such award for Calkins.
Dickinson, a sophomore on the fencing team, maintains a 3.79 grade-point average in biochemistry. The El Dorado Hills native helped lead UCSD to its 10th straight IFCSC title in 2014. He ended the season with a fifth place individual finish in sabre at the NCAA West Regional. Dickinson also won bronze in sabre at North American Cup and helped the Tritons to a 23-4 record in sabre at South/South Duals. It marks the first such award for Dickinson.
Jiganti, a senior on the men’s tennis team, maintains a 3.66 grade-point average in management science. He played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles exclusively for UCSD this season. Jiganti is ranked 38th nationally in singles and held a 13-10 record in doubles play and 10-14 in singles. The Gig Harbor native won the NCAA Championship first round match against Midwestern State’s 11th-ranked doubles team and won singles and doubles matches against NCAA Division I UC Riverside. It marks the first such award for Jiganti.
Cockerill, sophomore utility on the men’s water polo team, maintains a 3.50 grade-point average in political science/public law. The Agoura native scored 30 goals, dished out 45 assists and recorded 52 steals in 2014. His 45 assists was a team-high and tied the UCSD single-season top-10 mark at No. 10. He set career highs in goals, assists, steals, penalties drawn, field blocks and ejections drawn for the WWPA Champion Triton squad .It marks the first such award for Cockerill.
Student-athletes must be in at least their second season, hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 and be a starter or important reserve to be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America® programs.