July 15, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Eleven Indiana individual swimmers and divers, as well as the entire women's swimming and diving team, were recently honored by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for their academic excellence.
"I am so very proud to have IU represented by this many individual All-Americans," said head swimming coach Ray Looze. "It is also a great honor to have the women's team achieve this accomplishment. These achievements offer greater meaning to the phrase `student-athlete.'"
Senior diver Christina Loukas, junior diver Brittney Feldman, junior swimmer Kate Zubkova, sophomore swimmer Amanda Smith, and freshman swimmer Margaux Farrell were named women's Scholar All-Americans by the CSCAA. On the men's side, freshman swimmer Eric Ress and senior swimmer Matt Lenton earned recognition. In order to receive first-team recognition, a swimmer or diver must have qualified to compete at the 2009 NCAA Championships, carry the equivalent of 12 or more semester hours and either have a cumulative, semester or school year GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Loukas won the NCAA title on the three-meter springboard and finished second in the one-meter competition, while Feldman took third in the three-meter. Zubkova was eighth in the 100 backstroke and 10th in the 200 back, with Smith earning All-America honors with a 12th-place finish in the 500 free. Farrell earned All-America recognition as a member of the 200 medley and 400 medley relays. On the men's side, Ress finished 11th in the 200 backstroke, while Lenton competed in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.
Sophomore diver Nicole Brehm, graduate student divers Jonathan Dohring and Robert Dohring, and senior swimmer Aaron Opell were honorable mention selections. Honorable mention honoree must have achieved a B time or NCAA Zone standard, carry the equivalent of 12 or more semester hours and either have a cumulative, semester or school year GPA of 3.5 or higher.
The women's swimming and diving team was bestowed Women's Scholar All-America team recognition for Spring 2009. The team posted a cumulative GPA of 3.05 for the semester. The Hoosiers won their fourth Big Ten Championship in 2009, their second in the last three years.