June 4, 2014

Maciel and Fronk repeat as Academic All-Americans

Denison swimmers Carlos Maciel and Spencer Fronk have repeated as members of the Capital One Academic All-America team.  For Maciel, this marks the third Academic All-America honor of his career. This is the second Academic All-America certificate for Fronk. 

Fronk and Maciel were two of 15 individuals to received Division III Academic All-America first-team accolades.  This also marks the 70th and 71st Academic All-America selection from Denison University since its first honoree in 1967.

Carlos Maciel is a native of Recife, Brazil and is a four-year member of the Denison men's swimming and diving team.  Maciel is a three-time Capital One Academic All-America selection, a two-time national champion, a 17-time All-American, and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholar.

At this year's NCAA Division III Championship, Maciel was the national runner-up in three events, placing second in the 200 freestyle, the 800 freestyle relay, and the 400 freestyle relay.  At the conference championship in February, Maciel won three titles and was a part of Denison's sixth-consecutive NCAC title team.

Over the course of his career he has won five conference titles.  In 2012 he qualified for the Brazilian Olympic Trials but was unable to compete since it conflicted with final exams.  Maciel was recently selected as one of seven recipients of the prestigious Denison Presidential Medal, the highest award bestowed upon a graduating senior at Denison University.  He graduated in May with a degree in economics and international studies.

Spencer Fronk is a native of Greenwood Village, Colo.  He is a four-year member of the Denison swimming and diving team and is a three-time national champion and a 25-time All-American as a four-time national qualifier.  Fronk is a two-time Capital One Academic All-American, a five-time North Coast Athletic Conference champion, and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholar.

This year at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championship, Fronk posted six, top-11 showings, highlighted by runner-up finishes as a part of the 400 and 800 freestyle relays.  He has been a part of two national championship teams at Denison in 2011, 2012, and a pair of national runner-up squads in 2013 and 2014.  In 2011, Fronk swam the anchor leg of the final event of the NCAA Division III Championship, the 400 Free Relay.  Entering the last event, Denison needed to finish third or better in the race to win the national championship.  When Fronk hit the water Denison was in fourth place.  Down the final 25-yards he would manage to out-touch Emory's swimmer by 32 hundredths of a second to win the program's first national championship. 

In 2012 he would go on to compete at the Canadian Olympic Trials.  His 25 career All-American swims ranks fifth in Denison swimming history. Fronk recently graduated with a degree in economics and English.

Fronk and Maciel are the third and fourth Denison student-athletes to earn Academic All-America honors in 2013-14.  For Maciel, he is the only individual on this year's At-Large team to earn the award in all three years in which he was eligible.

Created in 1952 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the Capital One Academic All-America® Teams Program is a premier, nationwide college scholar-athlete awards program. It recognizes over 800 outstanding student-athletes annually in Division I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports. The At-Large division covers the following NCAA sponsored sports: women's bowling, women's crew, men's and women's fencing, women's field hockey, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's rifle, men's and women's skiing, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's water polo, men's volleyball, and wrestling.