Oct. 28, 2008
PHOENIX, AZ – The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) released its list of Academic All-American Teams and Individuals, which included the Clemson women’s swimming and diving team and seven individuals. The Tigers had three selections and four honorable-mention picks to lead all ACC institutions.
Head Coach Christopher Ip said, “I am extremely proud of our team’s accomplishments in the classroom and it is terrific to get national recognition. This award helps illustrate the hard work of our student-athletes, coaches, and Vickery Hall staff as we strive to meet the academic and athletic goals of our program and the university.”
The women’s swimming and diving program ended the 2007-08 school year with a combined 3.280 grade point average, good for third overall in the ACC.
To be considered for the award, the team must have a cumulative GPA over 3.000. For an individual to be named to the team, he or she must have a 3.500 or higher GPA and have competed at NCAAs. For honorable-mention status, the student-athlete must have qualified for the NCAA Championships and hold a 3.500 or higher GPA.
The Individual Academic All-American awards were earned by Rachel Regone, Alex Allen, and Michelle Parkhurst, who competed for Clemson in the 200 free relay at he NCAA Championships. Regone also competed in the 50 free and 100 free, setting a career-best in the 100 free. Parkhurst, the ACC Most Valuable swimmer, earned honorable-mention All-America status in the 200 free. Regone holds a perfect 4.0 GPA in Health Science, while Allen has a 3.85 in nursing, and Parkhurst earned a 3.73 in sociology.
Katrina Obas (4.0, health science), Danielle Kazilionis (3.76, marketing), Elizabeth Savage (3.69, chemical engineering), and Cassy LaRussa (3.57, marketing) were the honorable mention selections for the Tigers. Six of the seven student-athletes are still at Clemson, with Kazilionis having departed following her senior season.
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