GRANVILLE, Ohio (June 14, 2022) – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its 2022 Academic All-America® Men’s At-Large Teams, and Denison University’s Liam Picozzi of the Big Red men’s swimming & diving team was named a First-Team Academic All-American®.
A 23-time All-American, Picozzi was a member of Denison’s national team in 2019, 2020 and 2022. At the 2022 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, Picozzi earned five top-8 finishes in the relays and had seven total All-American swims to help the Big Red finish in third place as a team.
Picozzi is also a 10-time North Coast Athletic Conference Champion who has earned 17 all-conference honors in his career. At the 2022 NCAC Championship, Picozzi claimed five titles (100 back, 200 free relay, 400 free relay 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay) and earned seven-all-conference honors while swimming anchor in the final event of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay, and out-touching Kenyon to help Denison win its 13th conference championship in the last 14 seasons. In the end, Denison finished with 1,978.5 points to win the championship by only five points over Kenyon (1,973.5).
Throughout his time in Granville, Picozzi was named an All-American in the 100 back, 200 back and 200 free relay during all four years, won three NCAC Championships in the 400 free relay, and was all-conference in the 50 free, 100 back, 200 free relay and 400 free relay three times. His top finish at nationals was a third-place finish in the 400 free relay (2:56.97) this year while his best individual finish was a fifth-place effort in the 200 back (1:46.93) in 2019.
“We are very proud of Liam,” spoke Denison Head Swimming Coach Gregg Parini. “His strong record in both the pool and the classroom reflects his sincere dedication to excellence that we embrace in our program.”
As a team, Denson won the NCAA Division III National Championship during PIcozzi’s freshman campaign in 2019 before finishing third at nationals this year, and won the NCAC Championship in both 2019 and 2022 while finishing second in 2020.
Personal career highlights for Picozzi at Denison include returning from getting mononucleosis in the fall of 2020 to having career swims in every event at NCAC conference championships, anchoring the 400 freestyle relay at 2022 NCAC conference championships and touching-out Kenyon to win the meet by five points, and inspiring his teammates day-in and day-out to bring out the best in themselves and to reach their highest potential both in the pool and in the classroom.
Picozzi is a Health, exercise, and sport studies (HESS) major with a 3.82 cumulative GPA. He was named to the NCAC Academic Honor Roll and was a Denison Top-50 Scholar-Athlete during each of the past three years. He was inducted into Denison’s inaugural Chi Alpha Sigma Class in 2020-21, is a three-time CSCAA Scholar All-American, and at Denison’s 2021-22 James T. Glerum ’82 Top-50 Scholar-Athlete Honors Celebration, Picozzi was honored as a recipient of the NCAC Scholar-Athlete Award.
Picozzi’s involvement on campus also reaches beyond the swimming & diving team. In addition to working in the athletic training room and helping to recruit athletes from Denison’s men’s swimming & diving team to participate in Special Olympics events, Picozzi is a HESS Fellow whose research study is “Focus of Attention in Elite Level Breaststrokers”.
This is the second CoSIDA Academic All-American® award for Picozzi after being named to the Second-Team in 2021. He is Denison’s 107th total Academic All-American® and 50th First-Team Academic All-American® in school history. Additionally, he is one of 16 repeat selections on the Academic All-America® Division III men’s at-large team.
Created in 1952 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the Academic All-America® program is a premier, nationwide college scholar-athlete awards program. It recognizes over 1,400 outstanding student-athletes annually in Division I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.
CoSIDA Men’s Academic All-America® Release
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