You know about the Badger football team’s current 14-game home winning streak. And the men’s cross country team’s record string of nine straight Big Ten titles. And the volleyball squad’s 12 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
But here’s one you don’t know about. A Badger student-athlete has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America’s (CoSIDA) Academic All-America team for 28 straight years. Only two schools in the nation (Nebraska with 34 and Bucknell with 30) have longer streaks than Wisconsin.
Katrina Rundhaug of the Badger women’s track and field team was named to the second team today, while men’s soccer player Victor Diaz was a third-team selection back in the fall.
CoSIDA, which holds its annual convention next week in Tampa, started the Academic All-America program in 1952. Currently sponsored by ESPN and selected by the nation’s sports information professionals, the program honors student-athletes in 12 programs (football, women's volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's track and field/cross country, women's track and field/cross country, men's at-large and women's at-large. A first team, second team and third team are selected in both the University (Division I and I-AA) and College (Division II, III and NAIA) Divisions.