Three HCAC Student-Athletes Named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Team

Three HCAC Student-Athletes Named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Team

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- Three Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference fall student-athletes have been selected to the Google Cloud Academic All-America teams. The 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. The Google Cloud Academic All-America program separately recognizes men's soccer, women's soccer, volleyball and football in four divisions - NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. 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. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

Maddie Fleet, Franklin, Women's Soccer

Franklin College senior forward Maddie Fleet made history on Tuesday (Dec. 4), becoming the first Franklin student-athlete to become a three-time Academic All-America selection.

The Indianapolis, Ind.-native was named Google Cloud Second Team Academic All-America® by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the second time in her playing career. Fleet earned a spot on the second team back in 2016, one year before picking up First Team Academic All-America accolades in 2017.

The program's all-time leader in goals (96), assists (34) and points (226), Fleet is coming off a 2018 campaign that saw her pot 22 goals and add four assists for 48 points. That performance was enough for Fleet to earn HCAC Offensive Player of the Year, becoming the first student-athlete in league history to become a four-time player of the year.

An accounting major that carries a 3.91 grade point average, Fleet eclipsed the 20-goal mark all four years on the pitch for the Grizzlies. In 2017, she led the Grizzlies to their first HCAC Tournament championship, earning tournament MVP honors with two goals and an assist in wins over Anderson and Mount St. Joseph.

Bailey MacInnis, Rose-Hulman, Volleyball

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Bailey MacInnis became the first player to earn multiple Google Cloud Academic All-American awards in volleyball in school history, in results released Wednesday (Dec. 12) by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

MacInnis earned a spot on the third-team Google Cloud Academic All-America Team, marking her second straight year with a selection to the 21-player team.  She was a first-team Academic All-American following the 2017 playing season.

MacInnis also becomes just the third female student-athlete in Rose-Hulman history to earn multiple Google Cloud Academic All-American awards.  2013 graduate Elizabeth Evans was a three-time honoree in track and field, and 2018 graduate Gabi Razma was a two-sport selection in volleyball and track.

The selection marks the 134th Academic All-American award in Rose-Hulman history and the fifth for the volleyball program. 

On the court, MacInnis earned her third career first-team all-conference award this season.  She led the team and ranked third in the HCAC with 334 kills this season.  MacInnis also completed her career ranked No. 4 in Rose-Hulman history with 1,200 career kills.  She completes her career with 184 blocks and 462 digs, and surpassed the 20-kill mark in a match twice this season.

In the classroom, the biomedical engineering major carries a 3.96 grade point average.  She has been named a Heminway Scholar and a Paul N. Bogart Scholar.  Off the court, she serves as a supervisor for the campus "Ask Rose" Homework Hotline, is a Make-It-Happen team member, competed for the Rose-Hulman HCAC Special Olympics Unified Bowling Team, and is a member of the Alpha Chi Sigma honorary fraternity.

Garrett Wight, Rose-Hulman, Football

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology junior running back Garrett Wight earned his second career Google Cloud Academic All-American award, in results released Wednesday (Dec. 12) by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Wight earned first-team Google Cloud Academic All-American honors for the 2018 season, after claiming second-team accolades in 2017.  He was just one of two first-team Academic All-American running back selections from over 300 institutions that play NCAA Division III football nationwide. 

Rose-Hulman student-athletes have now combined for 135 Academic All-American awards, including 33 consecutive years with at least one Academic All-American. The 33-year streak ranks sixth among all NCAA institutions and first in NCAA Division III. The football program alone has earned 28 total Academic All-American accolades since 2002, including 17 Academic All-American awards in the last eight years under current head coach Jeff Sokol.

Rose-Hulman's combined Academic All-America total ranks No. 10 nationally among NCAA Division III institutions and in the top 30 among all United States colleges.  

Wight was named second-team all-HCAC after leading Rose-Hulman with 738 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.  The two-time Academic All-American earned second-team Google Cloud Academic All-American honors in 2017 after earning the HCAC rushing championship with 1,036 yards.

Wight has rushed for 1,788 yards and 19 touchdowns in his career, while also recording 56 receptions for 623 yards and seven touchdowns as a receiver.  In the classroom, Wight has a 3.94 grade point average as a mechanical engineering major and is a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

For more information about CoSIDA's Google Cloud Academic All-District® and Academic All-America® Teams program, visit AcademicAllAmerica.com or the Academic All-America® home page on CoSIDA.com.