June 10, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving team placed nine student athletes on the 2009 All-ACC Academic team as announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Wednesday, June 10.
“These nine are any head coach’s dream,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “To meet this criteria, these student-athletes have to be successful in everything that they are doing. For these nine to be leaders and show the way by having great success in the pool and balance that by having great success in the classroom is a tremendous accomplishment.”
The Seminole women led the way with six swimmers and divers on the squad. Senior Georgia Holderness, junior Melanie Cabassol, sophomore Katherine Adham and freshmen Elysse Rowland, Jessica Sabotin and Stephanie Sarandos all made the list.
This is the third consecutive season that Holderness, an elementary education major has made the All-ACC Academic team. She finished fourth in the 100 breast at the ACC Championships and was part of the school record breaking 800 free relay.
Cabassol, a childhood development and psychology major placed seventh on the platform and Adham, a hospitality major finished fourth on the platform at the conference meet to earn their honors. Rowland was sixth on the three-meter board and is planning on majoring in education. Sabotin broke the school record en route to a fourth-place finish in the 400 individual medley at the ACC Championships and is majoring in early childhood education. Sarandos was an All-ACC performer in her freshman year finishing third in the 200 back, breaking the school record and qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the process. She is mojoring in exercise science. Florida State was second only to ACC Champion Virginia (8) for most student-athletes on the team.
On the men’s side fifth-year senior Ed Denton, senior Scott Derner and junior Andy Hodgson all earned the honor. This is the second time on the list for Denton who will graduate with a degree in business management. He earned Honorable Mention All-American status as part of the 400 free relay team that placed 12th at the NCAA Championships. Denton also placed 11th in the 100 free and 13th in the 50 free at the ACC Championships. Derner, who graduated with a degree in biological sciences, has made the All-Academic squad three times. He placed sixth on the three-meter and seventh on the platform at the ACC Championships. In his first season on the team, Hodgson is a three-time Honorable Mention All-American and ACC Champion and conference record holder in the 200 back. He also placed fourth in the 100 back and 200 free at the conference meet. He is currently enrolled in undergraduate studies.
To make the ACC All-Academic team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and a 3.0 GPA in the fall of 2008. In addition, the women must have finished in the top seven in at least one event at the ACC Championships while the men had to finish in the top 13.