June 15, 2004
CLEMSON, SC – Tiger swimmer Tommy Rappold was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Men’s At-Large Second Team for the 2003-04 season. The Academic All-America team was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Tuesday. The Roanoke, VA native boasts a 4.0 cumulative grade point average as a Computer Information Systems major at Clemson. Rappold, a junior, qualified to be on the ballot for the 2004 Academic All-America team after being a member of the Academic All-District III First Team earlier this season.
Rappold holds the second-fastest time in Clemson history in the 100 back (49.38) and the fourth-fastest time in Tiger record books in the 100 fly (48.58). He is a member of the 200 medley relay team that recorded the fastest time in Clemson history (1:29.19) in the event during the 2003-04 season. Rappold took fourth place in the 100 back and finished sixth in the 100 fly at the 2004 ACC Championships. He was a member of the Tiger squad that posted a record 13 dual victories for the 2003-04 season, which is the most wins ever recorded by a Clemson men’s swimming and diving team, dating back to the program’s inception in 1953. Rappold was named to the 2003 Men’s At-Large Academic All-District III Second Team last season.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, a 2,000-member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Division I, Division II, Division III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.
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