By: Kelly Shipp & Ryan Powell
AUSTIN, Texas – Two Summit League soccer student-athletes were selected by CoSIDA to be members of the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America teams. Denver's Andre Shinyashiki was named to the first team while North Dakota's Olivia Swenson was selected to the third team.
Shinyashiki, a senior forward for the Pioneers, becomes the 19th Summit League men's soccer student-athlete to be honored as a CoSIDA Academic All-American and the 12th to earn first-team honors.
Academically, the marketing major entered his senior year with a 3.63 grade point average. The Senior CLASS Award Finalist has helped lead the Pioneers to the top-grade point average in the country for three consecutive seasons. Shinyashiki is a three-time member of the Summit League Honor Roll and an honoree of the Summit League Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence. Shinyashiki's on-field performance is equally as impressive as he broke numerous Summit League single-season records including goals (28), goals per game (1.33), game-winning goals (11), total points (60) and points per game (2.86). His career numbers are eye-opening as well as he ends his collegiate career tied for the most career goals (51) and most points (117) in Summit League history.
Swenson, a senior goalkeeper for the Fighting Hawks, becomes the 10th Summit League women's soccer player to earn Academic All-America honors and first since 2015 when Oral Roberts' Kaily Cox and South Dakota's Elena Tsakakis were named to the second team.
Swenson, a member of the 2018 Summit League Academic All-League team and a two-time Academic All-Big Sky honoree, is majoring in accountancy with a cumulative GPA of 4.0. She finished the 2018 campaign with seven shutouts and led The Summit League in goals-against average (0.58) and save percentage (.892).
A complete list of the 2018 Men's and Women's Google Cloud Academic All-America teams can be found HERE.