BALTIMORE, MD – Johns Hopkins seniors Mike Buxbaum and Emerson Walsh have been named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large Team for District II. The pair now move on to the national ballot where First, Second and Third Team All-America honorees will be announced on June 6. This is the first time Hopkins has had two men’s tennis players earn CoSIDA honors since 2010.
The District II region includes Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island and West Virginia. The be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 or higher cumulative grade point average and be a starter or significant reserve. The Men's At-Large Team consists of athletes from the following sports: fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
Buxbaum and Walsh have led Hopkins to 74 wins, four Centennial Conference Championships and three straight NCAA Elite Eight appearances in their career. Hopkins (16-2) is hosting an NCAA Regional this weekend and earned a first-round bye.
Buxbaum is a behavioral biology major and boasts a 3.60 cumulative GPA. He earns CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for the second time, making him just the fourth player in program history to do so. He is ranked 13th in the nation in singles and seventh in doubles. Buxbaum is 7-3 in singles and 11-3 in doubles but has missed the last month due to injury. He counts 66 singles wins, 75 doubles wins and 141 total wins in his career. Buxbaum ranks fourth in program history in singles and doubles wins and is third in total wins.
Buxbaum is a four-time All-American in singles and a three-time All-American in doubles. He was named the Centennial Conference, ITA Atlantic South and ITA National Rookie of the Year in 2014. Buxbaum was also named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015. He participated in the NCAA Singles Championships in 2014 and 2015 and was an alternate in 2016. In addition, he played in the NCAA Doubles Championship in 2014 and 2016. Buxbaum and Walsh paired to win four ITA Southeast Doubles Championships while Buxbaum also won the 2015 ITA Southeast Singles Championship.
Walsh earns Academic All-District honors for the first time in his career. He is majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in entrepreneurship and management and boasts a 3.71 cumulative GPA. A four-time All-American, he is ranked seventh in the nation in doubles. Walsh ranks third in school history with 79 career doubles wins and ninth with 107 total wins. He and Buxbaum are the only players in program history to earn All-America honors four times in doubles. He has volunteered as a tennis coach for Special Olympics since 2014 and is also a member of JHU’s SAAC.
Walsh is a two-time recipient of the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering Student Initiatives Fund and is Vice President of JHU’s American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Last summer, he was a Mechanical Engineering Intern for Oceaneering International Advanced Tech, where he worked with a team to develop a DARPA funded project. Walsh is the inventor and team leader of Smart Vibe Tennis, a “smart” vibration dampener for tennis racquets. Two summers ago, he was a research engineer at the University of Berkeley SWARM Lab and Invention Lab. While there, his research efforts focused on a ring-based wearable sensor mote.