TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State swimming and diving teams were represented by 15 individuals on the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America teams, which were announced on Wednesday.
The CSCAA recognized a record-breaking 1,069 student-athletes across all NCAA divisions, NJCAA and NAIA for its 2017-18 Scholar All-America team. The award recognizes student-athletes that have achieved a GPA of 3.50 or higher and competed at their respective national championship meet.
Six FSU student-athletes earned the nod to the first-team. Senior Tayla Lovemore, sophomores Molly Carlson and Ayla Bonniwell along with freshman Emma Terebo were named to the women’s list while freshman Joshua Davidson and sophomore Nate Samson earned a spot on the men’s.
Nine FSU student-athletes were among the 1,137 tabbed as honorable mention, meeting the GPA requirement of 3.50 while achieving an NCAA ‘B’ standard or competing at an NCAA qualifier.
Senior Ariel Barber and Caroline Gerhardt along with juniors Shelly Drozda, Natalie Purnell and Daniella Van den Berg were selected from the women’s team while seniors Jonathan Ratliff and Tyler Roberge along with sophomore Cameron Thatcher and freshman Paxton Rhoades represented the men’s team.
“These student-athletes have continued to strive for excellence both in the pool and in the classroom,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “I am proud of the work they put in while representing FSU in such a prestigious manner. I am especially happy for our seniors that finished their careers on a high note.”
Last week, both teams were recognized as CSCAA Scholar All-Americans as the women turned in an GPA of 3.39 and also earned a spot on the 2017 Fall Semester list, while the men earned their first honor of the season behind a 3.05 GPA in the Spring.
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