June 12, 1998
CLEMSON, S.C.–Sophomores Jennifer Mihalik and Erin Schatz have been named first-team Academic All-America swimmers by the College Swimming Coaches Association. Both athletes were significant reasons Clemson’s women’s swimming team ranked 23rd in the nation in the final poll and posted a 9-4 dual meet record.
Mihalik, a native of Clemson and Daniel High School, had a perfect 4.0 in the Spring semester. In the pool she was an honorable mention All-American with a 15th-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke at the NCAA national meet in March. Mihalik also won the ACC championship in that event. She was the first Clemson All-American in the 200-yard back in the decade of the 1990s.
Schatz, a native of Agoura Hills, CA, also earned honorable mention All-America honors for her 16th-place finish in the 1650 freestyle at the NCAA meet in March. She was the ACC champion in the 100 back and the 200 back in 1997.
All-ACC swimmer Wendy Henson and senior co-captain Christina Greig were honorable mention academic All-Americans for 1997-98. Both were members of the ACC academic honor roll each of the last two seasons.
Clemson’s swimming team was chosen as an Academic All-America team by the association. Coach Bruce Marchionda’s team had 25 student-athletes on the academic honor roll in the spring semester (3.0 or better) and posted a 3.21 team GPA. That was the highest team GPA by a Clemson athletic team in the spring and the 25 academic honor roll students were also a department high.
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