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GCU's Nechunaev Earns Academic All-American Honor
Courtesy: Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon University swimmer Ivan Nechunaev has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-American Division I At-Large team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The senior was one of four swimmers to be named to the first team of the release and is the first Antelope athlete to garner first team accolades at the Division I level. Nechunaev is a repeat Academic All-American selection, as he received the same recognition a year ago at the Division II level.

"I am absolutely thrilled that Ivan has earned this recognition in Division I after earning it in Division II last year," said head coach Steve Schaffer. "It really is a remarkable achievement, but then, Ivan is an extraordinary young man. His accomplishments both athletically and academically set the standard for what all GCU student-athletes should aspire to."
 
During his four-year career at GCU, Nechunaev was able to accomplish a rare feat, graduating with both a Bachelors of Science in Finance and Economics and a Masters of Science in Accounting. The Russia native finished his undergraduate coursework with a 3.98 GPA and his graduate studies with a 4.0 GPA. In the pool Nechunaev earned first team All-WAC honors in the 100-fly, 200-medley relay and 400-medley relay. During his final campaign with the Lopes, Nechunaev swam to a pair of school records in the 200-fly (1:47.35) and 100-IM (49.77 seconds) and also posted the second-fastest time in the conference in 100-fly (46.89). He was also named the WAC Swimmer of the Week from Dec. 30-Jan. 5.

In addition to his impressive 2014 resume, Nechunaev was crowned as the 2013 Elite 89 Award Winner for NCAA Division II men's swimming, was a 12-time All-American, and was part of the 400-medley team that raced to a national championship in 2013.

"I am very proud of Ivan and I am anxious to see all of the things that he will accomplish in the future," added Schaffer. "I can only hope that I will be fortunate enough to coach many more student-athletes like Ivan in the future."
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