COLLEGE STATION -- Both the 2006-07 Texas A&M women¹s swimming & diving team and several of its new freshmen have been named to all-academic squads during the summer months.
The A&M team was named a national all-academic honoree by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) after compiling a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.070.
The Aggies were one of an amazing 111 Division I women¹s swim teams to post a team GPA over 2.8 with 104 of them coming in over a 3.0. The South Carolina women led the way with a team GPA of 3.606. The University of Missouri had the top team GPA in the Big 12 at 3.220.
From an individual standpoint, five Aggies were named to the CSCAA
all-academic first team while two were named to the second team. To be eligible for the first team honor, a swimmer must have earned a GPA of 3.5 or better and qualified for the NCAA Championships. Those not qualifying for the NCAA Championships but recording NCAA consideration standards earned second team status.
Those named to the first team were Big 12 Swimmer of the Year Kristen Heiss (Casper, Wyo.), Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Alia Atkinson (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and Big 12 champions Triin Aljand (Tallinn, Estonia) and Julia Wilkinson (Stratford, Ont.) as well as U.S. national team member Emily Neal (Plano). Senior Megan Rains (Puyallup, Wash.) and sophomores Kasia Dulian (Raciborz, Poland) and Sarah Woods (Birmingham, Ala.) were named to the second team.
Four of A&M¹s new additions to the roster were named to the high school national all-academic team for 2006-07 by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association. Those named to the list were freshmen Casey Hurrell-Zitelman (San Antonio), Hannah Kinder (Cape Girardeau, Mo.), Caroline Maxvill (Richardson) and Maria Sommer (Brenham).