CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) have named their 2016-17 Academic All-Americans, and a pair of swimmers finished at the top of the heap.
NCAA swimmers Anton McKee and Sarah Gibson, both seniors, were selected as CoSIDA Academic All-American Team Members of the Year, as part of the At-large group. The At-large category consists of 16 different sports, including gymnastics, ice hockey, tennis, golf and of course swimming & diving.
In total there were 45 men and 46 women in the At-large group named Academic All-Americans, including 24 total swimmers.
McKee, who earns his third Academic All-American selection, compiled a perfect 4.0 GPA as a management information systems major at Alabama. This is his second consecutive year earning Men’s At-Large Team Member of the Year. He’s the fifth to ever accomplish the feat, and the first since 2012.
While competing for the Crimson Tide, the Icelandic native earned All-American honors 11 times and won three SEC titles. He placed in the top-five at NCAAs all four of his seasons in his signature event, the 200 breast, including a runner-up finish this past season.
Gibson, who competes for Texas A&M, earns her second consecutive first team All-American selection. Like McKee, she held a 4.0 GPA as a biomedical engineering major. She was a 9-time All-American with the Aggies and won 7 SEC titles. This past season she earned SEC Swimmer of the Meet honors as the Texas A&M women rolled to their second straight title. They went onto place 3rd at the NCAA Championships, the best finish in program history.
Among the 24 swimmers who earned All-American honors, 15 were men and nine of them were on the first team.
Along with McKee, PJ Ransford of Michigan, Pavel Romanov of Alabama and Anton Ipsen of NC State maintained a 4.0 GPA to earn first team honors. Three-time Olympic champion Ryan Murphy of Cal, Connor Oslin and Luke Kaliszak of Alabama, PJ Dunne of Texas and Ryan Bailey of the U.S. Naval Academy also earned first team honors.
Six female swimmers were named to the first team, led by Gibson, Georgia’s Chantal van Landeghem and Kentucky’s Danielle Galyer who all maintained 4.0 GPAs. Olympic gold medalist Simone Manuel of Stanford, Madisyn Cox of Texas and Anika Apostalon of USC also earned first team honors.
Read the full press release from CoSIDA here.
Check out the full list of swimmers who earned CoSIDA All-American honors below:
|Anton Ipsen||NC State||1st|
|Ryan Bailey||U.S. Naval Academy||1st|
|Weston Christensen||South Dakota State||2nd|
|Robert Borowicz||Georgia Tech||3rd|
|Jonathan Boland||South Carolina||3rd|
|Sarah Gibson||Texas A&M||1st|
|Chantal van Landeghem||Georgia||1st|
|Brittany Aoyama||Boise State||2nd|
|Amelie Currat||West Virginia||3rd|