Selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the award recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve on his team with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at their current institution. Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot, with first-, second- and third-team Academic All-America® honorees to be announced in June.
Hintermeister and Watanabe are two of 12 student-athletes named to the team for Division III District 1, which includes Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
A recent graduate of Tufts with a degree in Classical Studies, Hintermeister was also an English minor. A team co-captain and multi-event athlete who competed in 15 separate events during his Tufts career, he was the recipient of the 2019 Boston Greek Prize from Tufts' Department of Classics. He is also a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Academic Team honoree.
Hintermeister qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the javelin for the third straight year this month. He qualified with a school-record 202'11" (61.85m) distance from the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championship meet. He was also the runner up at the NESCAC and New England DIII Championships in the javelin this spring.
Also a multi-time NESCAC All-Academic recipient, Watanabe recently graduated with a degree in biology. He was one of 12 seniors on the campus selected for a 2019 Tufts Senior Award recognizing academics, campus and community activities and leadership. He also received the Alex Elias Prize honoring high standards in community activities, athletics and academics.
This spring Watanabe scored in the 800 and with 4x800 relay as Tufts placed second at 2019 NESCAC Championship. He also started for the Jumbos at the 2018 NCAA Cross Country Championship. A two-time All-American in the 800 meters at the NCAA Track Championships, he won New England D3 indoor 800 titles in 2017 and 2018 and had 12 individual and relay career vicotries.