Curtis Ramsey, member of the 2013 Kenyon College national champion swimming and diving team, and Charter School of Wilmington graduate, was honored Tuesday for his combination of superior talents in the pool and in the classroom.
Ramsey was named to the first team among the Capital One Academic All-America Men’s At-Large selections. Additionally, he was the top vote-getter in the bunch and was honored as the Academic All-America Team Member of the Year.
Two weeks ago, Ramsey was named to the first-team on the Capital One Academic All-District VII Men’s At-Large first team. That qualified him for the national ballot and gave members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) an opportunity to vote him to first team Academic All-America honors in the At-Large category, which includes all Division III student-athletes who participated in the sports of golf, hockey, lacrosse, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, water polo, and/or wrestling. In order to be considered for nomination, a student-athlete had to be at least of sophomore standing and had to possess at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average.
The 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Men’s At-Large Team consisted of just 45 student-athletes. Ramsey was 1 of only 15 selected to the first team. Also, he was the lone two-time, first-team winner among all the selections.
Being the top vote-getter, Ramsey became the sixth Kenyon student-athlete to earn Academic All-America Team Member of the Year accolades. The last to do so was Josh Mitchell, who earned his award at the conclusion of the 2007-08 academic year.
Ramsey carried a 3.91 grade point average, majored in economics, and minored in physics. He graduated in May, earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, and was presented with Kenyon’s Falkenstine Award, given to scholar-athletes who best display the distinguished characteristics of both leadership and integrity.
In the water, Ramsey collected a career total of five NCAA Championship event titles and delivered 15 career All-America swims. This past season alone, he swam a leg on the Lords’ NCAA title-winning 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay teams. He also had a runner-up finish with the 800-yard freestyle relay team. In individual events at the 2013 NCAA Championship, Ramsey placed third in the 50-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle.
Prior to competing in the national spotlight, Ramsey won five events at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship and was crowned the 2013 NCAC Swimmer of the Year. He claimed conference crowns in the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard freestyle, and swam a leg on the winning 200-yard freestyle, 400-yard freestyle, and 400-yard medley relays.
Ramsey’s efforts this season helped lift the Lords to their record-setting 32nd NCAA team title.