Bolonyai, Lendrum Named Capital One Academic All-Americans 1st Team
June 6, 2013
Junior women's water polo goalie Flora Bolonyai and senior men's swimmer Alex Lendrum were both named 2013 Capital One Academic All-America first team selections in the multi-sport "at-large" category on Thursday (June 6), marking USC's first first-team selections since 2006 and giving Troy two in the same year for the first time since the Trojans had three in 1996.
Additionally, men's water polo player Matthew Burton was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America second team.
The at-large team for the Capital One Academic All-America® program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men. The teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Bolonyai and Lendrum, who landed top honors for their strengths in the pool and in the classroom, bring USC's all-time total of Academic All-America first teamers to 31 since the award began in 1952.
Bolonyai and Lendrum join an elite group of Trojans to earn the distinction of Academic All-American first team. USC athletic director Pat Haden is a two-time honoree (1973-74), as is the first USC woman to have earned the recognition, volleyball's Katie Haller (1992-93). Bolonyai is the third consecutive USC woman to garner this honor, following volleyball's Emily Adams in 2004 and tennis player Anca Anastasiu in 2006. Lendrum is the second swimmer to earn the award, joining Ray Looze in 1990.
The last time USC featured at least two in one year was in 1995-96, when football players Jeremy Hogue and Matt Keneley joined men's tennis player Lukas Hovorka. Keneley went on to win again in the fall of 1996.
Bolonyai is the first Trojan water polo player to earn Capital One Academic All-American first team honors and the fourth USC women's athlete to win. A 2013 NCAA champion with the Women of Troy and a 2012 Olympian for Hungary, Bolonyai's power in the water is matched by her strength in the classroom. Holding a 3.39 cumulative GPA as an economics/mathematics major, Bolonyai has been dominant in all realms since coming to USC as a freshman from Hungary in 2010. Since then, she's become a two-time AWPCA Academic All-American and a three-time MPSF Scholar-Athlete in addition to her CoSIDA All-District and national honor. In the pool, she was most recently named the 2012 NCAA Tournament MVP after hauling in a career-high 17 saves to anchor the USC women to the 2013 national championship in triple sudden-death. Already a two-time All-American entering this past season, Bolonyai was an All-MPSF first team pick this year as she averaged 8.4 saves per game while allowing just 5.1 goals per game. With 222 saves in 2013, she has run her career count up to 643 as she chases USC's all-time career record of 714 -- set by another USC Olympian, Tumua Anae. This past season, Bolonyai averaged over 10 saves per game during USC's run to the 2013 MPSF Tournament Championship and NCAA Championship.
Lendrum, a two-time USC swimming captain, was a 2012 and 2013 All-American who earned 2012 CoSIDA Academic All-American second team honors last year. Lendrum, boasting a 3.76 GPA in bio-chemistry, has earned a host of academic honors in 2013. He won a prestigious 2013 NCAA postgraduate scholarship, was named the 2013 Pac-12 Swimming Scholar Athlete of the Year and collected his third straight Pac-12 All-Academic first team selection. Lendrum helped lead USC to fourth place at the 2013 NCAA Championships, the Trojans' best finish since 2001, and was part of Troy's 800y free relay that finished third at the NCAAs in a school-record 6:15.94. He was also an NCAA finalist in the 200y back as a junior in 2012. At the 2013 Pac-12s, Lendrum was part of USC's winning 800y free relay and also finished a career-best third in the 200y back, marking the fourth straight year he reached the final of the event.
A two-time AWPCA All-American, Burton was a captain and a key contributor during USC's fifth consecutive national championship season in 2012, tying for fifth on the team with 29 goals during USC's perfect 29-0 season. A true freshman on USC's undefeated 2008 national championship team, Burton finishes his USC career with five NCAA championship rings. Academically, Burton was a three-time All-Academic MPSF Scholar-Athlete and earned a place on the CoSIDA Academic All-DIstrict Second Team in 2009 -- the same season he earned the NCAA's Elite 88 Award for holding the highest GPA among teams competing in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Burton is the first USC men's water polo player to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors thanks to his strong 3.69 GPA as he rounds out his master's degree in communication management.
USC's First Team Academic All-Americans
1952 -- Dick Nunis, football (DB) 1959 -- Mike McKeever, football (G) 1960 -- Mike McKeever, football (G) 1960 -- Marlin McKeever, football (E) 1965 -- Chuck Arrobio, football (T) 1967 -- Steve Sogge, football (QB) 1968 -- Steve Sogge, football (QB) 1969 -- Fred Khasigian, football (OG) 1973 -- Pat Haden, football (QB) 1974 -- Dan Anderson, basketball 1974 -- Pat Haden, football (QB) 1978 -- Rich Dimler, football (NG) 1979 -- Paul McDonald, football (QB) 1979 -- Keith Van Horne, football (OT) 1979 -- Brad Budde, football (OG) 1984 -- Duane Bickett, football (OLB) 1985 -- Matt Koart, football (DT) 1986 -- Jeff Bregel, football (OG) 1988 -- John Jackson, football (FL) 1989 -- John Jackson, football (SE) 1990 -- Ray Looze, swimming 1992 -- Katie Haller, volleyball 1993 -- Katie Haller, volleyball 1995 -- Jeremy Hogue, football (C) 1995 -- Matt Keneley, football (DT) 1996 -- Lukas Hovorka, tennis 1996 -- Matt Kenely, football (DT) 2004 -- Emily Adams, volleyball 2006 -- Anca Anastasiu, tennis 2013 -- Flora Bolonyai, water polo 2013 -- Alex Lendrum, swimming