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Alers Named First Team Academic All-America

Nick Alers (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
Nick Alers (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Has Shined On Field, In Classroom For Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior Nick Alers has earned a very prestigious honor for his work both on the field and in the classroom. Alers was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Men's Soccer team.

Alers, an economics and political science major with a 3.98 G.P.A., has started all 42 games in which he has appeared in his three seasons at Yale. In 2012, he earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition after battling through injuries to help anchor the Bulldogs' defense.

A native of San Juan, Costa Rica, he was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Northeast Region third team selection last year. In 2011, he was also named first team All-Ivy and was the recipient of the Walter J. McNerney Award as the team's most valuable player.

In addition, Alers earned Academic All-America® third team recognition in 2011.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 16,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity