OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss men’s tennis senior Johan Backstrom has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Third Team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday.
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, volleyball and wrestling.
Backstrom is one of six student-athletes from the SEC and the only one from the sport of tennis to be named to one of the three Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Teams for men’s sports.
To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must hold a 3.3 GPA or higher and must be in their second year at the nominating institution. Student-athletes must also have competed in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at the time of nomination.
An Uppsala, Sweden native, Backstrom boasts a 3.92 cumulative GPA in managerial finance and accounting, which includes a perfect 4.0 this past semester. He was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society last fall. Backstrom helped the Rebels to their 21st consecutive NCAA appearance and clinched the team’s first round win over Northwestern.
“Johan has been a complete player, a coach’s dream,” head coach Billy Chadwick said. “He’s very coachable, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that he is a very intelligent young man. This achievement shows that he is one of the top student-athletes not only at our university, but in the entire country. Johan is a great tennis player, and was a great leader for us. We congratulate him on this most deserving honor.”
Backstrom becomes the sixth Capital One national academic honoree in Ole Miss men’s tennis history, joining Rebel alums Joakim Appelqvist (2nd team – 1994), Johan Hede (1st team – 1997), Sebastien DeChaunac (1st team -1998), Matthias Wellermann (3rd team – 2008) and Bram ten Berge (2nd team – 2009).
Appelqvist, Hede, DeChaunac and Wellermann are all enjoying successful careers in business around the world, while ten Berge is pursuing a Ph.D in the Classics at the University of Michigan.
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