(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - Carnegie Mellon University senior swimmer Kim Hochstedler (Mishawaka, Ind. / Penn) repeated as a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree days after learning of her selection for the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. The senior was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Google Cloud Academic All-District Women's At-Large Team for her academic and athletic prowess throughout her career and received CoSIDA Academic All-America honors last year.
In order to be nominated, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.300 and be a significant contributor to the team. Carnegie Mellon is part of District 4 which is comprised of all Division III schools in the state of Pennsylvania. Hochstedler will now move on to the national ballot for Academic All-America recognition which will be released on June 12. She was joined on the District 4 list by others competing in field hockey, swimming, tennis, lacrosse, ice hockey, and golf.
Hochstedler's swimming career came to a close at the 2018 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships where she earned All-America honors in the 200-yard breaststroke after finishing fifth overall in a school record time of 2:16.97. At the championship meet, Hochstedler also finished in the top 16 of the 100-yard breaststroke and 400-yard medley relay. It was her third trip to the NCAA meet where she accumulated four top 16 performances for her career.
The senior will graduate with four school records while leading the program to its best NCAA finish – 15th at this year's championships. She also was a University Athletic Association (UAA) Champion in the 200-yard breaststroke this season, the first since 2012 for the women's swimming and diving team.
Away from the water, Hochstedler is a 4.0 student who will graduate with a degree in psychology and statistics. She's received numerous awards this year including the Dr. William Brown Academic Athletic Achievement Award given to the male and female student-athletes who are four-year participants and earned the highest grade-point average while participating in intercollegiate athletics.
The recipient of the Carnegie Mellon Women's Association Dietrich College Scholarship Award and the 2018 Gretchen Goldsmith Lankford Prize, Hochstedler will be continuing her academic pursuits as a Biostatistics PhD candidate at the University of Michigan.
In the fall, Hochstedler was selected as an Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar and is a Phi Beta Kappa inductee this spring.
Last year, Hochstedler was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American. In addition to her academic dedication, the Indiana native has committed numerous hours to community involvement. As a member of SAAC for three years, she held the role of community service chair, volunteered to run the aquatics venue for Special Olympics twice, and has been an outreach coordinator and counselor at Camp Kesem.
She's been a three-year student researcher in the gender, relationships, and health lab, a data analysis intern for CMU's Software Engineering Institute, and interned with the National Institutes of Health in the epidemiology branch. You could often find Hochstedler in the aquatics area lifeguarding or teaching swim lessons. Her senior year, she served as a teaching assistant for Social Psychology and Biological Foundations of Behavior.