SCSU Wrestler Brett Velasquez recognized
St. Cloud State University placed three student-athletes on the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division II Men’s and Women’s At-Large teams. The SCSU student-athletes to win this elite award include First Team award winners senior swimmer Andrea Bryson (Appleton, Wis./North H.S.) and junior wrestler Brett Velasquez (Bennington, Neb./H.S.) and Third Team award winner senior tennis player Alexie Portz (St. Cloud, Minn./Tech H.S.)
The 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division II Men’s and Women’s At-Large teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 Division II Academic All-America teams program.
The at-large program for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men. To be eligible for this award, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or above. Student-athletes are nominated for the award by their school’s sports information director.
Thirty-five (23 women, 12 men) student-athletes on the Google Cloud Academic All-America Division II At-Large Teams have a 4.00 GPA. The Google Cloud Academic All-America Division II Women’s At-Large First Team had an overall 3.98 GPA, while the Google Cloud Academic All-America Division II Men’s At-Large First Team had an overall 3.95 GPA. Nine men and nine women are repeat performers on this year’s at-large teams. Of note, this marked the second consecutive season that Velasquez was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America At-Large team.
Bryson served as a team captain for the SCSU swim team in 2017-18. An All-NSIC Academic award winner during her collegiate career, Bryson is a multiple All-America award recipient and was named the NSIC Swimmer of the Year in 2017-18. Bryson was named a team MVP, the SCSU Excellence in Leadership award in 2017-18 and was selected as an NSIC Honor Student-Athlete Award winner in 2018. Bryson was a chemistry major at SCSU.
Velasquez is a three-time All-American for the Huskies at 125-pounds. He earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2016-17 and is a two-time All-NSIC Academic award winner. The NCAA DII national champion at 125-pounds in 2016, Velasquez also gained All-America status for the Huskies with a third-place finish in 2017 and a fourth-place finish in 2018 at 125-pounds. A team captain, Velasquez was recently named an NSIC Butch Raymond Scholarship award recipient in 2018. Velasquez helped SCSU win the NCAA DII national team title in 2018. The Huskies also won their seventh consecutive NSIC championship in 2017-8 along with the 2018 NWCA DII National Duals championship.
Portz completed her senior season with the SCSU tennis team in 2018. She gained All-NSIC honors multiple times during her collegiate career and is a three-time Academic All-NSIC award recipient. In 2018, Portz received the NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award. Portz was a biomedical science major at SCSU.
The Google Cloud Academic All-America awards are widely recognized as the top academic achievement awards presented in college sports each season. Over the years, SCSU student-athletes have earned Academic All-America recognition 68 times.