GW Men's Tennis' Zelenkov Named Capital One Academic All-District
Sophomore Standout Now Up for Academic All-America Honors
May 15, 2014
WASHINGTON – George Washington men’s tennis sophomore Danil Zelenkov has been named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District At-Large First Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He is joined by 91 NCAA Division I student-athletes from eight districts who are now eligible for Capital One Academic All-America honors in the At-Large category.
The 2014 men's tennis team MVP, Zelenkov helped GW capture its third Atlantic 10 Championship crown in four seasons on April 20 with a three-set win at No. 3 singles en route to a 4-1 triumph over VCU. He capped his second season in Buff and Blue with a team-best singles record of 21-7 and a dual-match mark of 15-3. Zelenkov wrapped the year on a 19-match unbeaten streak dating back to Feb. 23; he won 14 of those tilts while five have gone unfinished. He and doubles partner senior Nikita Fomin produced a team-best record of 16-8, including 13-6 at the No. 2 spot for the Colonials.
The Skopje, Macedonia, native is a two-time A-10 All-Conference First Team selection, was tabbed the 2013 A-10 Rookie Performer of the Year and was recently named to the league’s All-Academic Team. An international affairs major with a concentration in international politics, Zelenkov owns an overall grade-point average of 3.96 and has been named to the GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List and the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll every semester. Zelenkov was also dubbed an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar Athlete following his rookie campaign. He is the lone selection from the Atlantic 10 Conference to be recognized for the distinguished Capital One Academic All-District honor.
The 2014 Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom in the following sports: women's bowling, men's and women's fencing, women's field hockey, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's rifle, women’s rowing, men's and women's skiing, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo and men's wrestling. CoSIDA District II consists of Delaware, Kentucky, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) who has completed at least one full year at their current institution, and must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games.
The Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where a first, second and third team will be selected later this month.