Thursday July 18, 2013Fourteen Gators Named College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-Americans
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America presented the 2013 Florida Women’s Swimming and Diving team with the Team Scholar All-American award and named 14 Gators Scholar All-Americans. The women’s program accumulated a team grade point average of 3.23 during the Spring semester in addition to finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships.
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America is the oldest professional organization of college coaches in America. The Team Scholar All American award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
The Scholar All American award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers, who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher, for the semester or cumulative average, and have qualified for and competed at their respective national championship.
The Honorable Mention Scholar All American award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers, who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, for the semester or cumulative average, and have achieved a “B” time standard, but have not qualified to compete in their respective national championship. Divers qualify by competing at their respective championship qualifying meets.
Ten women were named individual Scholar All-Americans. Junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) and Hilda Luthersdottir (Hafnarfjordor, Iceland), who will be competing at the 2013 World Championships beginning on July 28, highlighted the group. Senior Jamie Bohunicky (Gainesville, Fla.), junior Kaitlin Frehling (St. Petersburg, Fla.), freshman Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas), senior Sarra Lajnef (Tunis, Tunisia), sophomore Lauren Neidigh (Orange Park, Fla.), sophomore Rebecca Rainer (Richmond, Va.), sophomore Jordan Smith (Longwood, Fla.) were all named to the first team, and were joined by Honorable Mention Scholar All-American Delaney Dye (Tallahassee, Fla.).
On the men’s side, junior Bradley deBorde (Longwood, Fla.), senior Cameron Martin (Clearwater, Fla.), junior Connor Signorin (East Windsor, N.J.) and Pawel Werner (Wroclaw, Poland) were named to the first team.
Seven Gators are currently competing in Orlando at the Southern Zone South Sectional Championship for a chance to qualify for the US Open Championships at the end of July. In addition to Beisel and Luthersdottir, current Gators Dan Wallace (North Berwick, Scotland) and Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario) and former Gators Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, Melani Costa-Schmid and Jemma Lowe are currently in Barcelona for the start of the World Aquatics Championships. The Swimming portion of the event will begin July 28.
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