Ben Wildman-Tobriner Named Academic All-American
July 14, 2006
Waltham, Ma - Not only did Ben Wildman-Tobriner enjoy tremendous success in swimming for Stanford University in 2006, the Cardinal junior also enjoyed exceptional success in the classroom.
At the conclusion of the 2006 season, Wildman-Tobriner was honored by the Pacific-10 Conference by being named to the Conference All-Academic team for a second straight season.
Wildman-Tobriner has now added more to his impressive resume by being named to the Academic All-American Men's At-Large first team by the College Sports information Directors of America.
The CoSIDA Academic All-American teams program honors male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA (the College Sports Information Directors of America), a 2,000 member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities from the United States and Canada.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at their current institution.
Wildman-Tobriner, a junior majoring in Biomechanical Engineering, carries a 3.68 gpa.
During the 2005-06 season, Wildman-Tobriner helped lead Stanford to its 25th straight Pacific-10 Championship, and a third place finish at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship. At the conference championship, Wildman-Tobriner captured top honors in the 50 and 100 free, and swam the second leg on the winning 200 free relay team. Wildman-Tobriner also finished second in the 100 fly, and swam on the second place 400 free relay and 400 medley relay teams. Wildman-Tobriner also helped the Cardinal to a third place finish on the 200 medley relay team.
Then at the NCAA's, Wildman-Tobriner finished second in the 50 and 100 free, third as part of the 400 medley relay team, fifth as a member of the 400 free relay, and sixth as part of the 200 free relay team. In all, Wildman-Tobriner gained six All-American honors.
During the course of the season, Wildman-Tobriner set a school record in the 100 free (42.17), and swam the seventh-fastest time in school history in the 100 fly (46.56).
Wildman-Tobriner was also honored by the Stanford Athletic Department by being named the winning of the Block 'S' Outstanding Male Junior Award, symbolic of the department's top junior student-athlete.