WILLIAMSBURG - William and Mary men’s tennis junior John Banks was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 3 Men’s At-Large First Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday. The Charlotte, N.C., native carries a near perfect grade point average at William and Mary, majoring in economics, and is an All-CAA performer on the tennis courts. W&M junior swimmer Andrew Strait joined Banks on the All-District first team, making the Tribe one of only two schools in the district, along with Duke, to have two of the 10 first-team selections.
Banks was one of four CAA players named to a Capital One All-District first team and one of 13 men’s tennis players (among the 84 all-district honorees). A Third-Team All-CAA selection this past season, Banks led the Tribe with 21 singles victories and tied for team-high honors with 18 doubles victories. He won his final eight matches of the 2013 season, including clinching the Tribe’s 4-2 CAA Semifinal triumph over James Madison. During the dual-match campaign, Banks topped W&M with a 15-9 ledger, including key wins over No. 27 Notre Dame, Troy, Illinois State and Richmond. He is a two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete and has been named to the W&M Provost Award list during each of his first three years on campus.
The Academic All-District teams include the student-athletes listed on the following pages and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The at-large category for the CoSIDA honors athletes from multiple sports, including fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. To be nominated, a student-athlete must have sophomore standing at their college, a GPA over 3.3 on a four-point scale, and be a starter or important reserve. The first-team selections from each of eight districts advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month. William and Mary's district includes schools from Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee.
2013 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District 3
Andrew Strait, W&M (Jr., Swimming, Mathematics)
John Banks, W&M (Jr., Tennis, Economics)
Sean Bailey, Austin Peay (Sr., Tennis, Corporate Communications & French)
Kosta Blank, UNCW (Sr., Tennis, Management Information Systems)
Ryan Hawkins, VT (Jr., Swimming, Architecture)
Brandon Kingston, NCST (Sr., Swimming, Biological Sciences)
Anthony Lin, Duke (Sr., Fencing, Neuroscience & Computer Science)
Brinson Paolini, Duke (Sr., Golf, Psychology)
Matt Snyder, Virginia (Grad., Wrestling, Kinesiology)
Brent Sterling, Tennessee (Sr., Swimming, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)