Casey Hess, Stephanie Swain receive CSC Academic All-District recognition

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GREENWOOD, Ind. — The College Sports Communicators (CSC) organization, formerly known as the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), announced its list of Academic All-District men’s and women’s tennis student-athletes on May 9.

Among the NCAA Division III honorees were Penn State Altoona men’s tennis student-athlete Casey Hess of Annville and women’s tennis student-athlete Stephanie Swain of Yadkin County, North Carolina.

Hess earned second-team All-AMCC honors in No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles this season. In singles matches, he went 13-2 overall to set a new Penn State Altoona single-season record for singles victories and also became the program’s all-time wins leader, finishing the season with 25 career singles wins. In doubles matches, Hess was 9-8 overall, playing all but one of his matches in the No. 1 spot. Hess is an electro-mechanical engineering technology major.

Swain was a second-team All-AMCC selection this past season in the No. 3 doubles position. She tied for the team lead in doubles wins with nine, posting a 9-5 overall doubles record that included going 7-2 in No. 3 doubles matches. In singles play, Swain was 5-9 overall, including a 3-2 mark in the AMCC, while playing the bulk of her matches in the No. 4 spot. Swain majored in accounting at Penn State Altoona.

To be included on the CSC Academic All-District teams, men's and women's tennis student-athletes were required to meet certain qualification criteria. All nominees must have completed at least one calendar year at their current institution while having cumulative grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher at the time of nomination, being key starters or reserves on their team, and having strong athletic accomplishments, statistics and accolades.

All-District student-athletes were nominated by athletics communication professionals who are members of CSC. Nominators could submit up to four deserving student-athletes per team.

The Penn State Altoona men’s tennis team finished its season with a 13-5 overall record, setting a new program single-season wins record. The Lions went 6-2 in the AMCC and ended as the conference runners-up, after falling in the conference championship match.

Penn State Altoona women’s tennis was 5-9 overall, including going 3-2 in the AMCC. The Lions qualified for the AMCC postseason tournament and reached the semifinal round.

Academic All-District honorees advance to the CSC Academic All-America ballot. First-, second- and third-team Academic All-America honorees will be announced June 1.

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