Tad Homchick, Amherst College
Following his graduation in May of 2010, Amherst College's Tad Homchick became just the second male swimmer in NESCAC history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. Homchick is only the 19th Amherst student-athlete named to a CoSIDA Academic All-America Team, an honor that has been awarded annually since 1952.
Homchick played a significant role in leading the Amherst men's swimming and diving team to the three best NCAA Championship finishes in program history. After the Lord Jeffs placed 10th at nationals in 2008, they rounded out the top five in 2009 and 2010. Homchick earned All-America honors in each of those years thanks to a trio of dominant performances in the 400-yard freestyle relay, as well as a solid showing in the 2010 400-yard medley relay.
A three-time NESCAC champion and eight-time All-NESCAC honoree, Homchick helped the Jeffs win the conference title in the 400 free relay in 2008 and 2009, as well as the 200 free relay in 2008. He is part of the group that holds the 400 medley relay NESCAC record, also boasting team records in the 50-yard freestyle, 200 free relay and 400 free relay. Homchick was named to the conference's All-Academic Team as a junior and senior.
In each of the last two years, Homchick and the Lord Jeffs have participated in the Hour of Power swimming relay to help raise money for cancer research.