Two of Towson University's outstanding student-athletes, golfer Nyasha Mauchaza (Haverford, Pa./St. George's College) and swimmer Brooke Golden (New Windsor, Md.) have been named to the Capital One District II All-Academic At-Large first teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Both graduating seniors are exceptional students and coming off banner year athletic performances.
Mauchaza, who was honored this past Monday night as the Tigers' Senior Male Athlete of the Year/Career Achievement Award recipient, is a finance major with a 3.757 grade point average. He is a two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association golfer who has finished among the top four in the league's championship tournament each of the last two years, earning All-Tournament honors.
During his career he was named CAA Golfer of the Week five times. He was the Tigers' top finisher in 17 of his career 46 tournaments. Overall he finished in the top six 10 times during his career including three medalist finishes. He was runner up in the 24th Annual PGA of America Minority Collegiate Golf Championship, shooting a 4-under 212, his career low for 54 holes.
Mauchaza is a two-time first team Arthur Ashe All-American scholar, and a national finalist in 2011. He was Towson's Male Athlete of the Year for 2009-10.
A nursing major with a 3.78 grade point average, Golden competed in the NCAA Championship in three events. She earned 19th place in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:09.74 while earning 34th place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:44.81. In addition, she had a 31st place finish in the 200-yard butterfly, completing the event in 1 minute, 58.42 seconds.
An All-CAA performer in five events as a senior, Golden helped the Tigers become the second team in CAA history to win four straight women’s swimming and diving championships. The fifth-leading scorer at the CAA Championship Meet, she was the runner up in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:44.11 and also earned second place in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:14.41. In addition, she earned second place in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:58.44.
Golden, who was honored as the CAA Scholar-Athlete for women’s swimming and diving, also helped the Tigers set a CAA record in the 400-yard medley relay with a first place time of 3:41.24. In addition, the Tigers finished first in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 7:14.59 as Golden swam the lead leg.
A three-time selection to the CAA Commissioner’s List, Golden was a nominee for the NCAA Elite 88 award. She was also honored as the Tiger Club Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Monday at the Towson University Athletics Awards Banquet.
First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot where first, second and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Senior gymnast Megan Wooden (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall H.S.) was named to the District II Second Team. An exercise science major with a 3.67 grade point average, Wooden ended her career at Towson as the 11th leading scorer in program history. She was honored as the ECAC Scholar-Athlete for gymnastics.