May 27, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
During her career at Florida State University, there wasn’t an area that Emily Breen couldn’t excel in, including the classroom. One of the most honored swimmers in school history for her efforts in the water, Breen was recognized for her academics as a Second-Team selection on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Three Women’s At-Large team.
A finalist for a 2005 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, Breen (Savannah, Ga.) is no stranger to academics honors. She is a four-time member of the Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll and was the 2004 Golden Torch Award winner of the having the highest grade point average on the women’s team.
Breen has been on the President’s List (4.0 GPA) three times with her other five semesters spent on the Dean’s List with a 3.5 GPA or better. With a cumulative GPA of 3.81, she is schedule to graduate in the fall with a degree in elementary education.
“Emily has always been a diligent student and academics have been important to her,” FSU head coach Neil Harper said. “She’s been the typically swimmer here in that swimming and is very important, but she knows that she has to maintain great grades because one day she is going to go out into the world and be a phenomenal teacher. Emily has been a tremendous leader in how to combine academics and swimming and she’s been successful in both. It’s a great honor for the program that she’s being recognized on such a level.”
After finishing second in the 100 butterfly at the conference championships, Breen earned the distinction of being the first women’s swimmer in school history to earn All-ACC honors all four years of her career. Diver Courtney McClow (Jacksonville, Fla.) also equaled the feat at this year’s meet.
The H.V. Jenkins High School product ended her Seminole tenure with five school records, including the 100 backstroke mark, while posting top-ten times in three other events. As a junior she earned All-America honors on four different relays following her first honor as a member of the 200 free relay in 2003. She made her third trip to the national summit this year where she competed on four relays as well as the 100 butterfly and freestyle.
“She was Miss Versatile,” Harper added. “The great thing about her, apart from her breaststroke, was that she was great at every event. In terms of what she brought to our team in the pool, she’s going to be hard to replace. In fact it may take two or three freshmen to attempt to replace her. We’re going to sorely miss her and hopefully the rest of the team has learned from her how to combine athletics and academics because she is a great example to learn from.”
Last summer she took a shot at representing the United States at the US Olympic Trials where she finished 49th in the 100-meter butterfly. Team captain this year, she amassed 12 All-ACC certificates during her tenure and remarkably scored points at the conference meet in every individual event she ever swam.