April 9, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Eight members of the Florida State swimming and diving teams were selected to the 2014 ACC All-Academic Team. The list was announced by the league office on Wednesday.
“Academics are a big part of this team,” FSU head coach Frank Bradley said. “I’m very proud of those that were recognized. They put in just as much work in the classroom as they do in the pool, if not more and they deserve the award.”
The women’s team earned six selections, tying Notre Dame with the second most in the conference behind Virginia, who had 12.
Senior Julia Henkel was named to her fourth career academic team along with three others in the league- Katie Rechsteiner (North Carolina) and Emily Lloyd (Virginia). Henkel is majoring in hospitality management.
Ariel Rittenhouse (media/communications studies) and Tiffany Oliver (environmental studies) closed out their careers by earning their third nods to the list, while sophomores Bianca Spinazzola (interior design) and Madison Jacobi (psychology) made their second. As a freshman, Chelsea Britt (exploratory) made her first.
All six selections participated at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. (March 20-22) and have posted a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during their academic career.
The men’s team had two selections.
Along with competing in a perfect 12-of-12 ACC Championship finals, senior Tom Neubacher was selected to his fourth academic team. Neubacher earned his fourth nod along with four others in the league – Ryan Hawkins and Nick Tremols (Virginia Tech), Jonathan Boffa (NC State) and Taylor Grey (Virginia).
A sport management major, Neubacher was one of 50 athletes that was awarded the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, otherwise known as the ACC postgraduate scholarship.
“I’ve said it many times but Tom is the epitome of a student-athlete,” FSU head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. “Ariel also falls under that same category and I very proud of both of them. I know that once diving is finished for both of them they will move on to have successful careers.”
Freshman Jason McCormick was picked along with Neubacher and he is majoring in business.
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