Courtesy CoSIDA/Amherst/Trinity Sports Information
TOWSON, Md. - Seniors Gautam Samarth (Pune, India) of Trinity and Kai Robinson (Vashon, Wash.) of Amherst were selected as Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday, June 9. The two individuals were members of the College Division Men's At-Large Teams, with Samarth earning First Team honors and Robinson garnering Second Team recognition.
The Men’s At-Large program for the Academic All-America includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis and water polo.
An economics major with a 4.09 G.P.A., Samarth helped the Bantams' men's tennis team earn a spot in the 2009 NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship this past May. As a senior, he compiled a record of 12-4 at number two singles and posted an 18-3 doubles mark. Samarth was an All-NESCAC First Team in doubles as a junior and a Second Team member as a senior. He was named named to the NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team twice and was also selected to the All-Sportsmanship squad. Samarth was named as Trinity's top Senior Athlete in 2009 and the top scholar athlete in 2008.
Robinson is only the 17th Amherst College student-athlete to earn a spot on an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Team, an honor that has been bestowed since 1952. He is the ninth Amherst athlete to be named to either a First or Second Team and only the second Lord Jeff swimmer or diver to be recognized since Michael Pohorylo ’04 was named to the Third Team in 2004.
Robinson, an economics and math double-major with a 3.79 GPA, claimed two national titles in 2008, when he was the obvious choice for NCAA Diver of the Year after winning both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. A NESCAC All-Academic honoree, Robinson was also named the NESCAC Diver of the Year as a junior for sweeping the diving events at the conference championships, a feat that he repeated this past winter as a senior.
Although he came up short of defending his national titles, Robinson earned All-America honors on both boards for placing third in the 3-meter dive and fourth in the 1-meter dive at the 2009 NCAA Championships. The Amherst standout holds the school and Pratt Pool records on both the 1- and 3-meter boards (six dives).
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA 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.