Virginia’s Thai-Son Kwiatkowski named Scholar-Athlete of the Year
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Virginia’s Thai-Son Kwiatkowski has been recognized as the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season and headlines the All-ACC Academic Team, as announced by the conference office.
The senior was crowned the 2017 NCAA Singles Champion just a week after helping his team to its third-straight NCAA Team Championship. The senior was named to the NCAA Men’s All-Tournament team at No. 2 doubles with partner Alexander Ritschard.
He is only the second student-athlete in ACC history to earn back-to-back Scholar Athlete of the Year honors, in men’s tennis, joining Virginia’s Dominic Inglot in 2008-09. Kwiatkowski is a four-time All-ACC Academic Team member, was named the ITA Atlantic Region Senior Player of the Year and was selected All-ACC First Team this season.
Throughout his time as a Cavalier, the Charlotte, North Carolina, native won three-straight NCAA team championships, including being named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2016 tournament, an ITA National Team Indoors title and three ACC Championships. He finishes his collegiate career with a 136-24 record in singles and a 95-21 mark in doubles.
Duke and Virginia lead all institutions with five selections apiece to the All-ACC Academic Team. North Carolina follows with four, Miami and Wake Forest each have three student-athletes and Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Notre Dame all have two. Boston College and Florida State round out the team with one representative each.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career for undergraduate students. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.