CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT senior Jeff Zhou has been named to the Academic All-American At-Large First Team by CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine for the 2009-10 academic year. One of only 17 college-division men selected for top honors, the seven-time All-America performer became just the third male MIT swimmer to receive the prestigious national award.
At the 2010 NCAA Championship, Zhou achieved four All-America performances, helping the Engineers reach an eighth-place finish overall. He was a part of Tech's third-place 200 medley relay, fourth-place 200 freestyle relay and sixth-place 400 freestyle relay. In addition, he received Honorable Mention All-America plaudits for his 13th-place swim in the 100 butterfly.
Earlier in his career, Zhou was also a member of a pair of All-America relay teams during his freshman year and last year's eighth-place 200 freestyle relay. He also leaves a mark on the MIT program, having set the Institute standard for a 50-yard backstroke split-time (23.10), which he set at the 2010 NCAA Championship.
Zhou excelled in the classroom as well, achieving a 4.8/5.0 GPA while graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering. A three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection, he is an active member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
The At-Large category includes athletes among all NCAA-sponsored sports, except those that have their own awards program (football, basketball, baseball, and track & field/cross-country). Among the 17 First-Team athletes, there were six swimmers, four tennis players, four wrestlers, two lacrosse players, and one golfer.
To be eligible for the national ballot, nominees must be named to the First Team within their respective district. Zhou collected First Team All-District 1 honors in both 2009 and 2010.