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Thursday June 7, 2012Beisel Named To 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Women's At-Large First Team

TOWSON, Md.

2012 SEC Female Swimmer of the Year and NCAA Champion in the 200 back, Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.), was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America ® Women’s At-Large First Team, announced Wednesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Beisel becomes just the 11th Gator in Women’s Swimming and Diving history to be named a Capital One Academic All-American, and the first since Tracy Caulkins in 1984, to be selected to the first team.

The only sophomore on the Capital One Academic All-America ® Division I Women’s At-Large first team, Beisel becomes the fifth Academic All-America from the women’s squad produced by Gators head coach Gregg Troy, and the very first female first-team selection for Troy.

The announcement marks the fourth consecutive year that a member of the Florida women’s swimming and diving team has been named an Academic All-American as Teresa Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa.) was named to the district team in 2011 and third team in 2010, and Gemma Spofforth (West Sussex, England) was named to the district team in 2009.

It is the first Academic All-America honor of Beisel’s career, after the telecommunications major with a 3.61 GPA, led the Florida swimming and diving team to a 10th-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The Rhode Island native finished her sophomore campaign after she clinched the first NCAA Championship of her collegiate career with a 1:50.58 swim. A member of the U.S. National Team, and 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, Beisel claimed three SEC Championships in the 200 back, 200 IM and 400 IM, and set a new SEC 400 IM record in the process, 3:58.35, with the first sub four-minute performance of  her career.

Nine different sports are represented on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women’s At-Large first team. There are four swimmers, two gymnasts, two fencers and two skiers. Crew, lacrosse, golf and tennis each has one representative. There are 11 seniors, two juniors, a graduate student and a sophomore on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women’s At-Large first team. Three of the 15 scholar-athletes on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women’s At-Large first team have perfect 4.0 G.P.A.’s. The average G.P.A. is a 3.85.

 

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. For more information about the Academic All-America Teams program, visit www.cosida.com.

 

2012 Capital One Academic All-America ® Women’s At-Large First Team NCAA Division I

NAME

SCHOOL

YR

HOMETOWN

GPA

MAJOR

SPORT

Amy Anderson (2)

North Dakota State

JR

Oxbow, N.D.

3.96

Accounting

Golf

Melanie Baskind

Harvard

SR

Framinghan, Mass.

3.74

Neurobiology

Lacrosse

Elizabeth Beisel

Florida

SO

North Kingstown, R.I.

3.61

Telecommunications

Swimming

Sarah Borchelt

Virginia

SR

Sterling, Mass.

3.92

Nursing

Crew

Kat Ding

Georgia

SR

Sparks, Nev.

3.58

Advertising

Gymnastics

Elina Eggers (1) (#)

Arizona State

SR

Stockholm, Sweden

3.96

Economics

Swimming

Amy Glen (1)

Vermont

SR

Anchorage, Alaska

3.96

Biology

Skiing

Katie Goddard

Brown

SR

Kings Park, N.Y.

4.00

Public Policy

Gymnastics

Evgeniya Kirpicheva

St. John’s (N.Y.)

JR

Ufa, Russia

3.75

Public Relations

Fencing

Jessica Lyden

Duke

SR

Lexington, Ky.

3.95

Psychology

Swimming

Courtney McLane (2)

Alabama

GR

Lawrenceville, Ga.

4.00

Marketing

Tennis

Brooke Pancake (1)

Alabama

SR

Chattanooga, Tenn.

4.00

Marketing

Golf

Caitlin Patterson (2)

Vermont

SR

Anchorage, Alaska

3.92

Civil Engineering

Skiing

Wendy Trott (1)

Georgia

SR

Capetown, S. Africa

3.97

International Affairs

Swimming

Becca Ward

Duke

SR

Portland, ore.

3.47

Public Policy

Fencing

 

(1) Capital One Academic All-America® 1st team selection in 2011

(2) Capital One Academic All-America® 2nd team selection in 2011

(3) Capital One Academic All-America® 3rd team selection in 2011

(#) Capital One Academic All-America® 3rd team selection in 2010

 

UF Women’s Swimming Academic All Americans

YEAR

NAME

TEAM

2012

Elizabeth Beisel

First

2011

Teresa Crippen

Third

2010

Teresa Crippen

District

2009

Gemma Spofforth

District

2005

Vipa Bernhardt

District

2003

Sara McLarty

District

1999

Jennifer Hommert

Second

1998

Heather Lawrence

Third

1998

Allison Wagner

District

1997

Dawn Heckman

District

1996

Allison Wagner

Second

1986

Megan Neyer

Second

1984

Tracy Caulkins

First

1983

Tracy Caulkins

First

1983

Megan Neyer

First

 

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