It’s been a big week in college athletics for recent-grad Wildcats! We saw three alumni named All-Americans: Springfield College’s Jake Ross ’16, Ryan Richmond ’15, and David Fitch ’17.
“For any school to have one of its graduates go on to be an All American on the NCAA level is exceptional,” said Mark Conroy, director of athletics. “To have three former students accomplish this feat within a week is astounding! We are so proud of these three former student athletes who continue to represent Williston with distinction.”
Springfield College basketball phenom Jake Ross was recognized by being named to the D3hoops.com All-America Team after an outstanding year with the Pride. This is the second consecutive year that Ross was named an All American. The Northampton native will enter his senior campaign as the active Division III career leader in points scored and ranks second in all of college basketball in career scoring average among active players with 23.8 points per game.
Six-foot-one guard Ryan Richmond of Bentley College was named to the 2019 Coaches’ Division II All-America team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He was also selected for the Reese’s Division II College All-Star Game. Richmond, of Toronto, one of two international students on the 16-player All-America team, averaged a Northeast-10-leading 23.0 points per game, along with 4.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and one steal. He had a solid shooting season, connecting 47 percent overall while making 40 percent of his three-pointers and 89 percent of his free throws. Additionally, he was named an Academic All American last week thanks to his 3.41 GPA as a finance major at one of the nation’s premier business universities.
In the pool, Conway, Massachusetts-based David Fitch broke an NCAA record during the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship for the Kenyon College Lords. He won the 100-yard butterfly in NCAA record time and the 100-yard backstroke, breaking a Kenyon record. He also named the NCAA Division III Men’s Swimmer of the Year.