Ress, Snodgrass Earn Academic Honors
May 15, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University swimmers senior Eric Ress and sophomore Brooklynn Snodgrass were recently honored by the Big Ten and College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for their academic efforts.
Ress, who recently earned his master's degree in physiology, was named a recipient of the Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship. Two student-athletes from each of the 12 Big Ten institutions who plan to continue their education at a graduate degree program were awarded a $7,500 scholarship, based on primarily academic achievements. Each Big Ten institution developed its own on-campus selection process when awarding the scholarship.
Student-athletes must have maintained at least a 3.2 grade-point-average, demonstrated leadership qualities, served as an excellent role model and intended to continue their academic work beyond their baccalaureate degree at a graduate degree program.
The scholarship will be used to pay expenses of the student's postgraduate education to include such related activities as research and teaching, as well as other expenses such as tuition, fees, room and board, required course-related supplies and books. In order to retain the scholarship, the recipient must be accepted into a full-time graduate degree program within three years from the fall semester after selection.
Ress, who holds dual U.S./French citizenship, is continuing to train with his focus on the 2016 Olympics. After earning a bachelor's degree in biology from IU and his master's degree this year, Ress' future plans include applying to dental school.
In the pool Ress was the 2014 Big Ten Champion in the 200 backstroke and also finished second in the event at the NCAA Championships, his second career NCAA runner-up finish in the event. Ress leaves IU as the school record holder in the 200 back with his time of 1:38.69. He owns the five fastest times in IU history in the event.
Ress was crowned the French National Champion in the 200 backstroke in April and will represent the country at the 2014 European Championships in August.
On Thursday Ress and Snodgrass were named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District first team, making them eligible for Academic All-America honors.
Snodgrass carries a 3.9 grade-point average and in 2014 became just the second female swimmer from Indiana to earn an NCAA Championship. Snodgrass won the 200 backstroke at the NCAA meet in March with a school and Big Ten record time of 1:50.52.
A four-time Big Ten Champion in the backstroke events, Snodgrass has won the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke in each of her Big Ten Championships appearances and is the Big Ten record holder in both events.
In order for student-athletes to be eligible for Capital One/CoSIDA Academic honors, they must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 while also participating in at least half of their sport's competitions. Members of CoSIDA vote upon district honors, with the first-team honorees moving on to the national ballot.
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