ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Four UNM student-athletes, skiers Armin Triendl and Mats Resaland, men’s tennis player Mads Hegelund and women’s tennis player Michaela Bezdickova, were all named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII At-Large team. The four will advance to the national ballot and vie for Academic All-American honors.
The four honorees brings New Mexico’s total for the year to 13, the second-most in school history behind the 16 that UNM garnered last year. The 29 over a two-year period is easily the most fertile two-year span in the school’s history.
The teams were made up of eligible athletes (3.3 or higher, sophomore and no first year students/transfers) from the following sports: Swimming and Diving, Ice Hockey, Water Polo, Golf, Crew, Women’s Field Hockey, Gymnastics, Men's Volleyball, Lacrosse, Bowling, Rifle, Men’s Wrestling and Fencing. District VII made up all Division I schools in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.
New Mexico’s four All-District honorees tied with Notre Dame for the fourth-most by any school in the at-large category, behind Alabama (8), Georgia (6) and Stanford (5).
Michaela Bezdickova, a senior from Olomouc, Czech Republic, has a 4.03 GPA and is majoring in finance. She is a seven-time All-Mountain West selection, having earned the honor in singles in all four seasons, and in doubles three times. She led UNM to its highest conference finish this season and a spot in the MW championship match.
Mads Hegelund, a senior from Copenhagen, Denmark, has a 3.93 GPA and is majoring in psychology. He went 16-9 in singles, including 12-5 in dual meets, and 15-7 in doubles as UNM advanced to the MW title game and won 20 amtches for the first time since the 2009 season.
Armin Triendl, senior from Oberperfuss, Austria, has a 4.10 GPA and is majoring in finance. He was a 2012 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America, but he missed the entire 2013 season with a knee injury. He bounced back from that to finish second in the NCAAs in the slalom, earning First Team All-America honors.
Mats Resaland, a senior from Kongsberg, Norway, has a 4.04 GPA and is majoring in business Administration. He finished third at the NCAAs in the Nordic Freestyle, earning his third All-America honor of his career.