Published: June 20, 2019

Lyons & Novinski Named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans

The following article was published on June 16, 2019, via Nebraska Wesleyan Athletics ( It was reprinted with permission from Alex Linden, Sports Information Director for Nebraska Wesleyan. The article highlights Gamma Phi/Nebraska Wesleyan brothers Carter Lyons (2019) and Dan Novinski (2019).

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Wesleyan University senior men's swimmers Carter Lyons and Dan Novinski were both named to the 2018-19 Google Cloud/CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III Men's At-Large team that was announced on Wednesday (June 19) by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). 

Lyons, a repeat CoSIDA Academic All-American® selection, was named to the 1st-Team in NCAA Division III Men's At-Large team while Novinski was chosen to the 2nd-Team. Last season Lyons became the first NWU men's swimming CoSIDA Academic All-American® and he is now the first two-time selection.

As an institution, Nebraska Wesleyan has produced 176 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans® to rank 7th in the entire nation, regardless of division.

Lyons (Sr., Lincoln, Neb.) had a 4.0 GPA as a physics and mathematics double major. He was a 3rd-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American® in 2017-18. As a senior, Lyons was named the MVP of the Liberal Arts Conference Championships leading the Prairie Wolves to their first team title.

He won three individual events and four relay events at the 2019 Liberal Arts Championships. During the year he was named the American Rivers Conference swimmer of the Week three different times.

Novinski (Sr., Grand Island, Neb.) had a 4.0 GPA as a biology major. He was named to the Liberal Arts Conference All-LAC team in four different events as a senior. Novinski was part of the championship 800 Free relay team and was the individual runner-up in the 200 Free.

During his career, Novninski was a 16-time All-Championship team selection and was an individual runner-up in three events. He ends his career holding three school records.

Of the 45 men on the Division III Academic All-America® At-Large team, nine have a perfect 4.0 GPA including Lyons and Novinski.

Lyons and Novinski are the only two male student athletes from the American Rivers Conference to be selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-American team in the at-large division.

The at-large program for the CoSIDA 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.

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