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Published on May 16th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Benedict’s Zibusiso Ndimande Named To Academic All-District At-Large Team

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Benedict College senior tennis player Zibusiso Ndimande has been named to the 2016 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Men’s At-Large Team for District V.

The At-Large Team recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. The District V At-Large team consists of student-athletes who compete in the sports of tennis, golf, lacrosse, ice hockey, skiing, swimming, rowing, wrestling, gymnastics, rifle, water polo, fencing and men’s volleyball. District V consists of colleges and universities in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Gulf South Conference and Sunshine State Conference.

Ndimande is the only member of the District V team from the SIAC. The other 10 members represent the Sunshine State Conference. In fact. Ndimande is the only HBCU representative from the entire 305 honorees from NCAA Divisions I, II, III as well as NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

Ndimande graduated Summca Cum Laude last week with a degree in electrical engineering. He has a 3.92 GPA.

On the tennis court, Ndimande holds the Benedict College school record for total singles victories, and helped lead the Tigers to back-to-back SIAC championships. He was named to the 2016 SIAC All-Tournament team as well as the 2016 All-SIAC first team in singles. He was undefeated (8-0) in singles action against conference opponents and was 11-6 overall.

In 2015, Ndimande was named the South Region Most Improved (Senior) Player of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and was named to the All-SIAC second team in singles.

Ndimande will now advance to the national ballot for Academic All-American honors. Last year, men’s tennis player Shane Latchman earned Academic All-American honors, becoming the first male student-athlete from Benedict to receive that honor.

The Academic All-District teams include the student-athletes divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the fifth year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

The Division II and III Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2015-16 DII and DIII Academic All-America teams program.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

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 current institution and be nominated by his 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. For more information about the Academic All-America Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.

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