Alaska Anchorage senior Nordic skier Raphael Wunderle (Bubenbach, Germany) was named to the 2008-09 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America University Division Men’s At-Large First-Team for the second consecutive season. Wunderle was among 14 others that received the honor.
The team, voted on by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America, recognizes the top male student-athletes in terms of both academic and athletic accomplishment from among NCAA Div. II, III and NAIA schools. The at-large category includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
Wunderle, a mechanical engineering major with a perfect 4.00 GPA, skied his way to his third NCAA Championship appearance, garnering two All-American honors. Wunderle was one of three Seawolves that placed in the top-5 of the 10K freestyle, boosting UAA to a program-best fourth-place team finish.
Wunderle received RMISA Nordic First Team All-Conference honors and was named to the 2009 National Ski Coaches Association All-Academic Team.
To be eligible for the Academic All-District Team, a student-athletes must a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his or her current institution.