Two Bobcats earn CoSIDA all-district academic honors

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A pair of Montana State skiers have been named to the 2021-22 All-District 6 At-Large Academic Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Junior Riley Seger and second Kristiane Bekkestad were selected for their combined performance in athletic competition and in the classroom.

Seger, a corporate finance student from Vancouver, British Columbia, received the 2022 NCAA Elite 90 Award at the NCAA Ski Championships for his best academic and athletic achievements. He earned first-team All-America honors after placing third in the giant slalom at the NCAA meet in March. During this year’s Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association season, Seger posted four top-10 finishes, including winning GS titles at the Utah Invitational and RMISA Qualifier. In 2021, Seger earned second-team All-America accolades in giant slalom at the NCAA Ski Championships.

Bekkestad, a product of Aal, Norway, was a first-team All-America performer in 2022 after a third-place finish in slalom at the NCAA Ski Championships in Park City, Utah. She recorded six podium finishes during the RMISA season, including winning slalom titles at the RMISA Invitational and RMISA Alpine Qualifier races. Bekkestad was the RMISA MVP in slalom this winter. As a rookie, she served as a second-team All-America performer after placing ninth in slalom at the NCAA Championships. In two years at MSU, Bekkestad recorded 14 top-ten finishes in slalom and giant slalom.

Seger and Bekkestad were selected to CoSIDA District 6, which includes schools in Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Dakota South, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Overall recipients are chosen from the following sports: Women’s Beach Volleyball, Women’s Bowling, Women’s Crew/Rowing, Fencing, Women’s Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Rifle, Skiing, Swimming, Tennis, Men’s Volleyball , water polo and men’s wrestling.

The CoSIDA Academic All-America program separately recognizes winners in four divisions – NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and NAIA. All-district first-team academic selections proceed to the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot with winners named in mid-June.

Anton Albers, golf, UALR, Lachlan Barker, golf, Iowa State, Florian Broska, tennis, Mississippi State, Clay Carlson, wrestling, South Dakota State, Ford Clegg, golf, Mississippi State. , Jared Franek, wrestling, North Dakota State, Dryden McKay, hockey, Minnesota State, Ben Meyers, hockey, Minnesota, and Jacob Wright, wrestling, Wyoming.

The women’s academy team also included Habiba Aly, tennis, South Dakota, Emmanouela Antonaki, tennis, Mississippi State, Laura Cooke, gymnastics, Iowa State, Lindsay Eliasen, rowing, Minnesota, Taylor Heise, hockey, Minnesota, Laerke Jensen, golf, South Dakota, Ona Loper, gymnastics, Minnesota, Emma Polusny, hockey, St. Cloud State, Lexy Ramler, gymnastics, Minnesota, and Chiara Tamburlini, golf, Ole Miss.

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