Aggie Swimmers Earn Academic Accolades

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Texas A&M swimmers Kristen Heiss (Casper, Wyo.) and Julia Wilkinson (Stratford, Ont.) were each voted to Academic All-District Teams in the at-large category, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced this week.

Wilkinson, the reigning Big 12 Swimmer of the Year, was elected to the University Division at-large first team along with 11 other athletes in three different sports (golf, swimming, and tennis). Wilkinson, a junior, carried a 3.77 grade-point average in communication at the time of nomination.

Heiss was one of 12 athletes named to the Academic All-District Second Team. Heiss earned a pair of third-place finishes at the NCAA Championships and won the Big 12 title in the 200-yard backstroke for the second year in a row. At the time of submission, Heiss, a junior, carried a 3.64 GPA in finance.

Wilkinson and Heiss were voted to the teams by members of CoSIDA in District 6, which is made up of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. Each school is allowed to submit a maximum of three athletes per gender for nomination in the at-large category. To be nominated, an athlete must have had a 3.20 cumulative GPA and be at least a sophomore in eligibility.

Each of the 12 first team members, including Wilkinson, now advance to the national ballot which will declare 12 Academic All-Americans from a field of 96 athletes in golf, tennis, and swimming. The last Texas A&M women’s swimmer to be named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American team was Jennifer Guillory in 1996.

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