RALEIGH, N.C.- Five members of the NC State men’s swimming and diving team and four members of the women’s squad from the 2014-15 season were named Individual Scholar All-Americans, as announced by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
Soren Dahl, Derek Hren, Anton Ipsen, Adam Linker and Hennessey Stuart represented the men’s squad, while the women’s team saw Ashlyn Koletic, Natalie Labonge, Rachel Muller and Alexia Zevnik listed.
In addition, Austin Snyder of the men’s team and Hannah Freyman, Katelyn Linker, Lotta Nevalainen and Nicole Haynes of the women’s team were recognized as honorable-mention selections.
This marks the highest number of Wolfpack swimmers to receive the honor in a given season.
Along with the numerous Individual Scholar All-America awards, both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were recognized with the Team Scholar All-America Award for its academic excellence during the 2014-15 season.
The Team Scholar All-America Award is presented to swimming and diving programs throughout the country, who have achieved a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
The men’s squad earned an eighth-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Championships, while the women’s team finished 17th at the national level. Both teams’ finishes mark back-to-back top-20 finishes at NCAAs- a first in program history.
Among the individual scholar All-Americans, Dahl finished the 2014-15 season earning first team All-America honors in the 400 and 800 freestyle relays, as well as honorable mention All-America honors in the 200 medley relay. Hren finished up his sophomore campaign with first team All-America honors in the 400 medley relay, along with honorable mention All-America honors in the 200 medley relay.
Ipsen wrapped up his first appearance at the 2015 NCAA Championship with a fifth-place finish in the 1,650 freestyle to take first team All-America honors and a 10th-place finish in the 500 freestyle to earn honorable mention All-America honors.
Linker, a distance free specialist, was a NCAA qualifier in the 500 and 1,650 free. Stuart finished seventh in the 200 backstroke to take first team All-America honors as a freshman and swam the backstroke leg of the 200 medley relay that earned honorable mention All-America honors.
Koletic, a rising senior on the women’s squad, earned first team All-America honors in the 200 free relay and honorable mention All-America honors in the 200 medley relay. Labonge, a rising junior, helped the 400 free relay squad earn a fifth-place finish at NCAAs in the 400 free relay to earn first team All-America honors.
Muller made her first appearance at the 2015 NCAA Championships as a sophomore, representing the Pack in the 500 and 1,650 free events. Zevnik, also a sophomore, earned first team All-America honors in the 400 free relay and honorable mention All-America honors in the 200 medley relay.
To be selected to the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, swimmers and divers must have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and have participated in their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Honorable Mention selections have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a “B” time standard or competed at their respective qualifying meets.
Swimming news courtesy of NC State Swimming & Diving.