GCU's Nechunaev Earns Academic All-American Honor
Courtesy: Grand Canyon
"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."