Greenwood, Ind. -- Two University of Lynchburg student-athletes earned spots on the College Sports Information Directors/Google Cloud Division III Academic All-District 5 teams, CoSIDA announced Thursday.
Senior women's tennis player Lilli Altenburg (Lexington, Va.) and junior men's lacrosse player Tyler Gallagher (Palmyra, Pa.) earned the honor.
The at-large division salutes the top student-athletes in women's beach volleyball, women's bowling, men's and women's fencing, women's field hockey, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's rifle, women's rowing, men's and women's skiing, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's swimming, men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo and men's wrestling for their combined performances in the athletic realm and in the classroom.
The honor makes the pair eligible for CoSIDA's Academic All-America teams, which will be announced June 19.
Altenburg, a biomedical science major with a 3.91 cumulative GPA, helped Lynchburg's women's tennis team to its best season in program history in 2019. The Hornets played to an 18-3 record, a new program best in victories, and reached the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship match for the first time in program history.
She was 10-2 on the season in singles play and graduates ranked third all-time in singles wins at Lynchburg with 43. Altenburg also posted a 12-1 mark in doubles play.
She was a finalist for Lynchburg's acclaimed Sommerville Scholarship and was the 2018 Schewel Student-Faculty Endowed Research Fund Grant winner. She plans to attend physician assistant school in the future.
Gallagher, a biomedical science major with a 3.86 GPA, was a first-team All-ODAC defender for the Hornets. He helped Lynchburg to a 14-7 record and the team's eighth-consecutive NCAA tournament berth, in which the Hornets reached the third round.
Gallagher ranked third on the team in caused turnovers (16) and fifth in ground balls (40), also notching a goal and an assist for the Hornets.
He was the athletic department's 2018 Male Academic Athlete of the Year.
Three Lynchburg athletes have won Academic All-America honors in the at-large category: women's lacrosse's Caitlin Sarkisian in 1996, men's lacrosse's A.J. Tinklepaugh in 2006 and field hockey's Shelly Milks in 2013.
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