May 8, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla.- Nine Florida State swimmers and divers were named to the 2008 All-ACC Academic team on Thursday, May 8 including two All-American’s, three All-ACC performers and one postgraduate scholarship award winner.
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his/her academic career.
“It’s a good reflection of our student-athletes being able to combine great swimming and diving results and great academic results in the classroom,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “It’s something that our team has emphasized from the senior on down and I’m excited about the results.”
On the women’s side, six student-athletes were members of the team which is second behind Virginia Tech (7) in the ACC. Seniors Abbie King and Kate Skaggs, junior Georgia Holderness, sophomores Aleia Monden and Katie Sirounis and freshman Lowri Tynan all made the cut. King was also awarded an ACC postgraduate scholarship in February for her outstanding performance both academically and athletically, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community. The Weaver-James postgraduate scholarship is a $5,000 award given to student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate-level degree following graduation. Monden was an Honorable Mention All-America performer on the platform where she finished 11th at the 2008 NCAA Championships while Holderness and Tynan both earned All-ACC honors at the 2008 ACC Championships. King has been on the All-ACC Academic team three times and Holderness has been on the team twice.
“I think that the women continue to represent our team well,” Harper said. “They have one of the higher GPA’s on campus and in a sport as tough as swimming and diving that requires so much dedication outside the classroom to put in the hours studying I am proud of them.
“The men’s squad put three student-athletes on the All-ACC Academic team, junior Scott Derner, sophomore Terry Horner and freshman Robby Hayes all made the grade for the Seminoles. Horner earned All-American honors on the one-meter finishing third at the 2008 NCAA Championships as well as Honorable Mention All-American status on the three-meter with a 16th-place finish. This was Horner’s second consecutive year on the list. North Carolina led all ACC teams with eight men selected.