GROVE CITY – Three recently graduated Grove City College student-athletes earned Division III First Team Academic All-District At-Large honors Thursday from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), as voted upon by the region’s sports information directors.
Lacrosse player Henry Brannan earned First Team All-District honors on the Men’s At-Large Team. Swimmers Brittany Byer and Anne Shirley Dassow both earned First Team Women’s At-Large recognition.
All three honorees advance to the respective nationwide Academic All-America ballots. The CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large teams will be announced in June.
Brannan graduated as Grove City’s career leader with 139 goals from his attack position. He scored a program-record 74 goals in 2019 after setting the initial school standard with 50 goals in 2018. This season, Brannan scored 15 goals in four games.
He earned Presidents’ Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2019 after helping lead Grove City to the conference title and a berth in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. A First Team All-PAC selection, Brannan led Grove City with 85 points last year.
In 2018, Grove City’s first season of varsity lacrosse, Brannan earned Ohio River Lacrosse Conference Offensive Player of the Year recognition after scoring 50 goals. He also earned First Team All-ORLC.
Brannan earned a 3.58 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in mechanical engineering. He earned Dean’s List honors as well as placement on the PAC Academic Honor Roll. Brannan also earned ORLC Academic Honor Roll recognition. He is the first Grove City men’s lacrosse player to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District.
Byer earned First Team All-PAC in each of her four seasons at Grove City. She helped lead Grove City to conference titles in 2017, 2018 and 2020. Last February, Byer contributed to conference titles in the 200 free relay, 800 free relay and both medley relays. She also took third individually in both backstroke events and captured fourth place in the 200 individual medley.
As a sophomore, Byer competed at the NCAA Division III Championships in the 200 free relay, the 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay. She finished as conference runner-up in both the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke at the 2018 conference championships. In 2017, Byer won the conference title in the 200 backstroke.
Byer earned a 3.89 GPA while majoring in accounting. She has been named to the Dean’s List and the PAC Academic Honor Roll.
A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America, Dassow recently earned the College’s Sportswoman of the Year award for the 2019-20 academic year.
Dassow concluded her career as a seven-time NCAA Division III All-American. She won the Division III national title in the 200 butterfly as a sophomore at the 2018 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis. Dassow also earned national runner-up in the 100 butterfly as a sophomore.
She qualified for the NCAA Championships in both the 100 and 200 butterfly in each of her four seasons. The NCAA canceled this year’s Championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) recognized all Division III event qualifiers as All-Americans in their respective events.
In February, Dassow earned Presidents’ Athletic Conference Most Valuable Performer honors for the fourth consecutive season. She earned First Team All-PAC in each of her four years and helped lead the Wolverines to conference titles in 2017, 2018 and 2020. Dassow owns Grove City records in the 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly and 100 backstroke.
She earned a 3.98 GPA while majoring in biology and Spanish. She earned Dean’s List honors as well as placement on the PAC Academic Honor Roll.
The 2019-20 academic year marks the ninth year that CoSIDA has based its Academic All-America program on individual divisions within college athletics. Currently, CoSIDA honors student-athletes in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, along with a “College” division that includes NAIA institutions and junior colleges.
Grove City is part of District IV for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program. District IV includes all of the NCAA Division III programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. To be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 or higher cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or significant reserve.
The at-large program includes athletes from the following: fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo and wrestling.
Westminster College senior women’s diver Kaitlyn Fast was named on the Academic All-District Women’s At-Large NCAA Division III District Four First Team. Her accomplishments this season:
• PAC Women’s Diver of the Year for second time in career.
• All-PAC First Team for fourth-straight season.
• Won the PAC championship in the 3 meter dive with an 11-dive score of 422.30.
• Finished second in the 1 meter dive at the PAC Championships with an 11-dive score of 399.80.
• Placed 20th in 3 meter dive at the NCAA District 4 Diving Regionals with a score of 374.35.
• Placed 24th in the 1 meter dive at the NCAA District 4 Diving Regionals with a score of 339.65.