TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State senior divers Ayla Bonniwell and Molly Carlson were named to the 2019-2020 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Women’s At-Large third team on Friday.
Bonniwell and Carlson were chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America after winning All-District honors in May.
Since 1983, Bonniwell and Carlson are the only two representatives from the FSU women’s swimming and diving team to earn the honor.
“Just when we thought they were done with awards for these two amazing women, here we go again,” FSU head diving coach John Proctor said. “They win a big-time honor. I keep thinking with each award I’ve said the last thing I’ll say about them, but they just keep going. I’d like to say, ‘Way to go ladies, we’re all very proud of you.’”
After earning the nod to the third team in 2019, Bonniwell repeated the feat after capturing All-America honors on 3-meter after she qualified for her fourth NCAA Championships. At the 2020 ACC Championships, Bonniwell won the silver medal on 3-meter (321.05) after winning two ACC Diver of the Week honors.
In the classroom, Bonniwell graduated with a degree in finance in May of 2020, after being selected to her third All-ACC academic team.
The Ithaca, N.Y., native is one of 20 Noles from any sport to earn multiple Academic All-America honors since 1970.
In addition to Asia Seidt, a Kentucky swimmer that was named the 2020 Academic All-America Team Member of the Year, Bonniwell was one of four student-athletes in the nation to repeat as At-Large Academic Team honorees.
Carlson earns her first Academic All-America nod after being named the ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year while capturing her fourth ACC All-Academic team honor.
On the boards, the Thunder Bay, Ontario, native won her second ACC Women’s Diver of the Year honor after she became the first Seminole in history to win a medal in all three diving events at a single ACC Championships, winning silver on 1-meter (300.85) and gold on 3-meter (340.00) and platform (297.25). She also won her third ACC Diving meet MVP honor.
Carlson earned All-America nods in all three diving events after she qualified for her fourth NCAA Championships in March. She graduated with her degree in psychology in May of 2020.
The at-large sports for the All-America® program include fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming & diving, tennis and water polo, as well as beach volleyball, bowling, field hockey and rowing.
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