Courtesy of Tufts and Williams Sports Information
2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large Team
AUSTIN, Texas - Tufts' Mason Pulde and Williams' Jake Tamposi have been named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America Men’s At-Large Second Team.
From Lexington, Mass., Pulde is an economics major who recently finished his junior year at Tufts. A goalie for the Jumbos, he led Division III with a .947 save percentage this season. He was also 15th in nation with a 1.91 goals against average. Pulde had 36 saves in eighth-seed Tufts' 2-1 win at No. 1 Williams College in the NESCAC Quarterfinals. A two-time NESCAC Player of the Week, he posted a .914 save percentage as sophomore in 2014-15. On campus, Pulde is an investment committee member for the Tufts Finance Group. He worked as an analyst for the Watermill Group (private equity) during spring semester through summer 2015.
Tamposi (Hernando, Fla.) became the first Eph athlete to earn three Academic All-American honors in a career, which is the maximum. The two previous years Tamposi was a Third Team Academic At-Large All-American, and this year he moved up to Second Team status.
A senior economics major, Tamposi earned All-America honors in 2016 with the winning Eph 200-medley relay and a second-place finish as part of the 400-yard medley relay at the NCAA Division III Championships, while finishing 10th as an individual in the 100-yard breaststroke and he was also 22nd in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Tamposi, a four-time All-American and four-time All-NESCAC selection, helped lead the Ephs to a sixth-place team finish at the 2016 NCAA Championships. At the 2016 NESCAC Championships, he won 50 and 100 breaststrokes. Tamposi owns the NESCAC 50 breaststroke record, going 24.88 in 2016. He earned the NESCAC's Four-Year High Point Swimmer Award this season, and won the NCAA Elite 89 Award in men's swimming in 2014, possessing the highest GPA of all men's competitors at the NCAA Championships.
The Academic All-America At-Large team was created to honor those outstanding student-athletes who do not compete in the sports that have their own Academic All-American teams: baseball, softball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's soccer, women's soccer, football, women's volleyball, men's and women's track & field/cross country.
The Division III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2015-16 Division III Academic All-America® teams program.
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.