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Senior swimmers (from left) Kevin Wylder, Austin Takeda, Alex Rodman, Haley Murphy and Haley Hamza have all earned postseason academic honors.

Triton Swimmers and Divers Recognized at National and Conference Level for Academic Performance


LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego men's and women's swimming and diving programs have earned numerous academic honors at the national and conference level over the past few weeks.

On June 19, the UC San Diego women's squad gained College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team recognition for the 2018 winter term. Eleven Triton swimmers, six women and five men, displayed the proper credentials to garner individual accolades from the CSCAA on June 27.

For the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team award, an average grade-point average of 3.00 or higher was required for the quarter or semester coinciding with a program's 2018 national championships. The 33 UC San Diego women posted a 3.08 GPA in winter, picking up a 10th honor out of the last 11 as a team from the CSCAA. They had previously achieved the necessary standard for the 2013 winter, 2013 fall, 2014 winter, 2015 winter, 2015 fall, 2016 winter, 2016 fall, 2017 winter and 2017 fall terms. A total of 73 women's squads in Division II were recognized.

Academically for individuals, a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the 2018 winter term, or cumulative through the 2018 winter quarter, was enough to gain consideration. Athletically, student-athletes who competed at the 2018 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships in Greensboro, N.C., in March, made the CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team, while those who posted consideration qualifying marks but were not selected to participate at nationals, received honorable mentions.

Junior diver Delainey Carlin (Carlsbad/Carlsbad HS), freshman sprinter Ciara Franke (San Diego/La Jolla HS), captain Haley Murphy, and fellow senior Alex Rodman (Coronado/Coronado HS), were put on the CSCAA NCAA Division II Women's Scholar All-America First Team. Honorable mentions went to sophomore Amanda Rios and freshman Charlotte Meier. Murphy and Rodman are both three-time CSCAA academic honorees, while the other four Tritons are first-timers.

Senior Kevin Wylder made the CSCAA NCAA Division II Men's Scholar All-America First Team for the first time, joined by freshman Zack Reuter. Sophomore Sawyer Farmer, senior diver Trevor Jackson (Ramona/Ramona HS) and junior Alejandro Ortiz got honorable mentions, the latter two for the second year in a row.

Overall, there were a record 1069 first-teamers to go along with 1137 honorable mentions. For Division II, 250 women in all were honored, and 129 men.

Founded in 1922, the CSCAA is the oldest organization of college coaches in America. It is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sports of swimming and diving at the collegiate level.

Additionally, 23 UC San Diego student-athletes, 16 women and seven men, garnered Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference (PCSC) All-Academic status for 2017-18 under the league's guidelines. Farmer, Jackson, Murphy and Rodman were first-teamers with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and above through the winter quarter. Carlin, Ortiz, Rios, junior diver Brooke Abrantes (San Diego/Santana HS), sophomores Ian Brower and Alayna Gocke, seniors Morgan King and Samuel Lee, junior captain Lily Maxfield, sophomore Brooke Miles, senior Julia Toronczak (San Diego/West Hills HS), and junior Garrett Tse, are all on the second team with averages ranging from 3.2-3.49. Honorable mentions, for 3.0-3.19, went to men's co-captain Austin Takeda, fellow seniors Holly Fosmire and Haley Hamza, juniors Emily Lambert and Lindsey Miller, and sophomores Kaitlyn Ritchey and Elee Wong.

Of that group, Abrantes, Carlin, Hamza, Jackson, King, Lambert, Lee, Maxfield, Miller, Murphy, Ortiz, Rodman, Takeda, Toronczak and Tse are second-time honorees. In order to qualify, individuals must be classified as a sophomore, junior or senior.

Jackson, Fosmire, King and Rodman each boasted a perfect 4.0 GPA during the winter quarter.


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