(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - Carnegie Mellon University senior swimmer Kim Hochstedler (Mishawaka, Ind. / Penn) earned the second CoSIDA Academic All-America honor of her career on Tuesday when the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced the Google Cloud Academic All-America Women's At-Large Team. Hochstedler earned first-team honors this year after being a third-team selection as a junior.
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 graduated 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 carried a 4.0 and graduated with a dual 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. She was also awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship to aid in her graduate pursuits.
In the fall, Hochstedler was selected as an Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar and was a Phi Beta Kappa inductee this spring.
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.