PURCHASE, N.Y. – Senior Anton Racklin (Gothenburg, Sweden/Fairbanks Ice Dogs (NAHL)) of the Manhattanville College men’s hockey team was recognized as one of the top student-athletes in the country this year with a spot on the 2015 Capital One Academic All-America Div. III Men’s At-Large Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Racklin is one of only 15 student-athletes to earn a spot on the Men’s At-Large second team and is just the second student-athlete in Manhattanville history to earn the honor in the ultra-competitive at-large category, joining two-time honoree Michael Capozzi ’12. Unlike most other categories that are sport-specific, to earn the honor in the at-large grouping Racklin beat out athletes from the following men’s sports: fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
His honor makes him the sixth Capital One Academic All-American in Manhattanville history and marks the fourth time in the last five years that a Valiant has earned the prestigious national honor after previously earning only two such honors in 1978 and 1984.
Only one of four two-time Capital One Academic All-District selections in department history, Racklin entered his final semester of college with a 3.96 cumulative GPA as a finance major with dual minors in mathematics and marketing. He was named Manhattanville’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a junior and is a two-time ECAC West Conference All-Academic Team selection in addition to a six-time Dean’s List student at the College.
Racklin is also the first Valiant student-athlete to complete the All-American and Academic All-American double, having earned AHCA Div. II-III All-America third-team recognition in 2014. As a senior, he scored three goals with six assists for nine points, tying for the team lead in scoring among defensemen. In three years with the team, Racklin recorded 15 goals with 40 assists for 55 career points, finishing third in program history in blueliner scoring.