A pair of West Virginia University student-athletes were named to the 2019-20 Academic All-District II Men’s and Women’s At-Large First Teams, announced on Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Senior Abby Kaufman (gymnastics) was named to the women’s team, while junior David Koenders (rifle) was named to the men’s team. The accolades are their second career district awards.
The duo advances to the CoSIDA Academic All-America National ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honors will be selected in the coming weeks.
A native of York, Pennsylvania, Kaufman becomes the third WVU gymnast to be named to the Academic All-District Team twice. Amanda Halovanic was the last to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons (2002-03). In 2019, Kaufman landed on the CoSIDA Academic All-America Women’s At-Large Third Team.
Most recently, she was honored with the 2020 Order of Augusta award, WVU’s most prestigious student honor, becoming the first gymnast in program history to receive the award. The multi-specialist also was awarded the 2020 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award by the Big 12 Conference, the league’s highest academic honor.
Kaufman has maintained a 3.97 grade point average (GPA) and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and a minor in medical humanities and health sciences. Additionally, she was named the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for gymnastics in 2019.
Kaufman was a three-time recipient of the NACGC/W Scholastic All-America honor and a three-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. She also was a member of the President’s and Dean’s Lists, as well as the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll.
In the gym, Kaufman surpassed the 1,000-career point mark as a junior and ended her career with 22 podium finishes and three event wins. She shows career highs of 9.9 on balance beam, 9.875 on floor exercise, 9.85 on vault and uneven bars and 39.225 in the all-around.
Koenders, a native of Mossautal, Germany, is the ninth different rifle student-athlete to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades since 2009. He has maintained a 4.00 GPA and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in sport and exercise psychology and human services.
ost recently, Koenders was one of 49 students named to the WVU Foundation’s Outstanding Seniors list. He also earned GARC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors for the second year in a row and was recognized as a CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large Third Team member in 2019.
Additionally, Koenders was a three-time CRCA All-Academic Team member and a two-time Academic All-Big 12 At-Large First Team honoree. He also was a member of the President’s and Dean’s Lists, as well as the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll.
Koenders helped WVU qualify for its 13th straight NCAA Rifle Championships in his final season as a Mountaineer, finishing his career as a nine-time All-American and earning seven All-GARC First Team honors.