Nicolette Martin Named to CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team

    June 8, 2017
    

    LOS ANGELES -- USC beach volleyball senior Nicolette Martin (Anaheim, Calif.), the 2017 Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a Pac-12 All-Academic first-team selection, has been named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I At-Large Third Team, as selected and announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday, June 8.

    Martin, who holds a 3.70 in fine arts, graduated this May with a degree from the USC Roski School of Fine Arts. She was one of three Trojans to receive CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. Women's swimming senior Anika Apostalon, the 2017 Pac-12 Women's Swimming Scholar Athlete of the Year, was named to the first team; and men's water polo junior Mihajlo Milicevic earned third-team honors. Martin is one of just 45 NCAA Division I at-large student-athletes across the country to receive All-America distinction.

    The at-large teams for the Academic All-America® program include the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming & diving, tennis, and water polo for both men and women, as well as beach volleyball, bowling, crew, and field hockey for women, and volleyball and wrestling for men. Schools can nominate up to four student-athletes for both women and men in the at-large category.

    Martin is a three-time national champion and a two-time Pac-12 champion. She served as captain of the Women of Troy in 2017 and helped lead the Trojans to back-to-back NCAA titles as she and her partner Terese Cannon secured the clinching point in the championship dual. Over her four years as a starter for the Trojans, Martin compiled over 130 individual victories and will go out with a senior class that went 123-6 from 2014-17. She is a two-time Pac-12 Pair of the Week selection with two different partners. Martin was chosen as the Pac-12's Scholar-Athlete of the Year as the holder of the team's second highest grade-point average: a 3.70 in fine arts.

    Apostalon (Albuquerque, N.M.) is USC's 35th Academic All-American first-team selection and the first since NCAA diving champion Haley Ishimatsu took home the honor in 2015. Apostalon is the Trojans' seventh woman to earn first-team honors (indoor volleyball's Katie Haller won it twice). Apostalon, who graduated in May, was a four-time All-American as a senior and a two-time Pac-12 finalist. She is a career nine-time All-American and eight-time NCAA individual scorer and was part of USC's 2016 NCAA and Pac-12 400-yard freestyle relay titles as well as the Trojans' first Pac-12 team title in 2016. She was a 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials semifinalist and is part of all five of USC's school record relays. Apostalon, a 2017 USC co-captain, also earned 2016 College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar-All-American first team status.

    This is Milicevic's second consecutive CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I At-Large honor. He claimed second-team notice in 2016. Milicevic (Belgrade, Serbia), a two-time with a 3.72 GPA as a business administration major, also won back-to-back NCAA Elite 90 Awards (2015-16) with the highest GPA at the NCAA men's water polo national championships. Milicevic, who has come back from dual hip surgeries, is a two-time All-American (2014-15) who earned 2015 NCAA All-Tournament first-team honors and second-team honors in 2014. He is a three-time ACWPC All-Academic honoree (2014-16) and two-time MPSF Scholar-Athlete (2015-16) with 61 career goals.

    The top-ranked beach volleyball team went 38-1 in 2017 to capture the program's third consecutive national title and back-to-back NCAA crowns. USC also won its second of back-to-back Pac-12 team titles. Sixth-year head coach Anna Collier improved her all-time record to 146-18 as she guided the Trojans to an undefeated season on home sand (8-0) at Merle Norman Stadium.

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