Known for his prowess in the pool, Bahamian Izaac Bastian, a sophomore swimmer for the Florida Southern University (FSU) Seminoles, has earned a spot on the 2020 Academic All-District At-Large teams chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Bastian was one of five FSU Seminoles to be selected. The others are Cam Thatcher, Josh Davidson, Molly Carson and Ayla Bonniwell. The sophomore finished with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.85.
“Izaak is a model student-athlete,” FSU Head Coach Neal Studd told Seminoles Athletics. “He’s one of those kids who you want 10 more of on your team. We emphasize the importance of working hard in the classroom, and that’s reflected in our team GPAs this year. I am so proud of Izaak for what he’s done both in and out of the pool this year.”
The Seminoles are in district four, which includes National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I (DI) institutions from Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Puerto Rico and South Carolina. Honorees selected first-team Academic All-District will advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. Academic All-America honorees will be announced between June 16-19.
CoSIDA recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their performances in the classroom and in their respective disciplines.
Bastian adds this academic honor after earning the nod to the 2020 All-ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Academic Team earlier this month.
In the pool, it has been a good year for him as he qualified for the NCAA DI Swimming Championships back in March. That meet was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was his first time for the individual race and second straight year for the relays.
He qualified for the 100 yards breaststroke, and he along with his teammates qualified in the 200 and 400 yards medley relay races.
Bastian grabbed three medals at the ACC Swimming Championships – one individual and two relay medals. He won the bronze medal in 100 yards breaststroke and helped the 200 and 400 yards medley relay teams to silver medal-winning performances.
In the 100 yards breast, he swam a personal best time of 52.36 seconds. This was enough to give him his first collegiate individual medal at the conference championships.
Bastian also had a strong year regionally and internationally. Last summer, he represented The Bahamas at the FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea and the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary. In April 2019, he put on a show at his final CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Wildey, Barbados, dominating the field and helping The Bahamas win its third straight CARIFTA swimming title, and fifth in six years.
Looking ahead, Bastian said he will keep training as he looks to drop his times even further, looking to qualify for the 2021 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
The Bahamian national record holder in the 200 meters (m) breast event will be entering his junior year at FSU and will look to elevate to new heights in the classroom and in the pool.