WORCESTER – WPI senior Tim Petri (Eksjö, Sweden) and sophomore Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) were named Academic All-America at-large selections, as voted upon by select members of the College Sports Information Directors Association of America. Petri earned second team honors while Bauer landed on the third.
Petri, a computer science major, became the first WPI student-athlete to earn the coveted Elite 90 award, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships. He received his invite to the NCAAs as part of the 14th-seeded 400-yard medley relay. When the competition began, Petri set records in the relay, as well as the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes. He also owns the Engineers' 50-yard breaststroke standard.
In addition to All-America honors in the 200-yard medley relay and honorable mention AA accolades in the 400-yard medley and 200-yard breaststroke, Petri is a six-time All-NEWMAC second teamer as a four-time 400-yard medley relay and two-time 200-yard medley relay runner up. The Charles O. Thompson Scholar was a Crimson Key tour guide and founding vice president of the Investment Association. He is also a member of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity and Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor society. His IQP involved a transportation smartphone app study in Namibia and is working with Microsoft for his MQP.
Bauer, the 2017 NEWMAC Co-Swimmer of the Year and chemistry & chemical engineering double major, won the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke titles and was a three-time runner up. He made the trip to the NCAAs where he earned All-America honors in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard medley relay to go with an honorable mention AA in the 400-yard medley relay.
As the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year in 2016, Bauer was a member of the NEWMAC Champion 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relays, and runner up 400-yard medley and freestyle relays. The repeat department award winner set four records at the national event and one at the conference championships for a total of five.
Today's announcements bring the department total to six CoSIDA Academic All-Americas, which ties the annual record, with four remaining on the track & field national ballot.
CoSIDA Release (PDF)