ESSEX FELLS, New Jersey-- After a successful year in the pool, eight members of the Texas A&M Women's Swimming & Diving team have been honored with a position on the Scholar All-American Team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
To be selected by the CSCAA for a position, the athletes had to achieve a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher in the same semester as the NCAA Championship meet as well as have competed at the championship event. The eight athletes who achieved this award were junior Kelli Benjamin (Gilbert, Ariz.), junior Samantha Bosma (Marietta, Ga.), sophomore Claire Brandt (Dallas, Texas), senior Erica Dittmer (Spring, Texas), junior Sarah Henry (Garner, N.C.), sophomore Colleen Konetzke (San Antonio, Texas), senior Caroline McElhany (Friendswood, Texas), and sophomore Meredith Oliver (Tyler, Texas).
In addition to these first-team honorees, four other Aggies were honorable mention recipients. These qualifiers had to maintain the same academic standards as those named to the Scholar All-American team however, they did not compete at the NCAA Championship meet but had to have an NCAA "B" qualifying time. The recipient of the honorable mention awards were freshman Zoe Alaniz (Corpus Christi, Texas), freshman Sarah Gibson (San Antonio, Texas), freshman Madison Hudkins (Murrieta, Calif.), and junior Emily Neubert (Waco, Texas).
The entire women's team also received the CSCAA Team Scholar All-American award for their academic achievements in the 2014 spring semester. To receive this award, teams must have a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. This aquatically elite team showed their scholastic superiority with a team grade point average of 3.22.