CLINTON – Three Ashford University student-athletes were rewarded for their work on the courts and golf course, as well as in the classroom Thursday afternoon.
Men's tennis player Moises Hernandez, women's tennis competitor Andreina Guedez and men's golfer Trent Specht were all named Capital One Academic All-District® First-Team At-Large All-District 5, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The At-Large category includes the varsity sports of women's bowling, men's and women's fencing, women's field hockey, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's rifle, women's rowing, men's and women's skiing, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo and men's wrestling.
Hernandez, a San Salvador, El Salavdor-native, recorded a 7-1 record in singles competition and 14-1 mark in doubles action for the Saints this season. He aided Ashford to a 10-6 record in duel competition this season, the third full year of play for the AU men's tennis program since it was reinstated as a varsity sport.
Hernandez holds a 3.78 grade point average in the field of business administration.
In women's tennis action, Guedez helped the Saints finish one contest away from the NAIA Women's Tennis National Championships and registered a 15-3 record in singles play while going 9-1 in doubles action. Guedez, a Caracas, Venezuela-native, was perfect in her final ten singles matches of the 2012-13 season.
The sophomore has a 3.81 grade point average in the field of health care administration.
On the links, Specht recorded the fourth-best scoring average in school history this past season, 74.85, and was instrumental in Ashford being listed as the #23-ranked program in the nation during the final regular season poll of the 2013 spring season. Specht's best finish of the season was a second place effort at the Graceland University Spring Invite, held Mar. 29-30.
Specht, a graduating senior, finished his career with a 3.81 grade point average in the field of mathematics education.
District 5 of the College Division includes National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) representatives from the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and Wisconsin. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
First‐team Academic All‐District® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All‐America® Team ballot, where first‐, second‐ and third‐team All‐America honorees will be selected later this month.