July 22, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming swimming and diving team continues to receive postseason awards, as the Cowboy team earned a College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America honor and six individual swimmers received Scholar All-America awards. The Cowboy team earned the honor with a grade-point average of 3.11. Amanda Fay earned Scholar All-American First Team honors, while Jayce Calhoon, Ethan Griffel, Ryan Nelson, Jordan Turner and Morgan Hartigan earned Honorable Mention Scholar All-America honors.
For a team to be named a CSCAA Scholar All-America, it must achieve a team GPA of 3.0 or better. For an individual to receive the Scholar All-America Award the student-athlete must have a 3.5 GPA and have qualified for and competed at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. To be an Honorable Mention Scholar All-America the student-athlete must have a 3.5 GPA and have achieved a "B" time standard, but have not qualified to compete in their respective national championship. Divers qualify by competing at their respective championship qualifying meets. The award is determined by the GPA in the semester/quarter of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
"I'm very proud of the men's team and the commitment to being as good in the classroom as they are in the pool," said head coach Tom Johnson. "Their GPA is consistently on the rise and they will work hard to see if we can get it to climb higher.
"For Amanda, Morgan, Ethan, Ryan, Jayce and Jordan's success in the pool and the classroom this honor is well deserved. It is a very challenging award to receive as you must have a 3.5 GPA and a NCAA "B" qualifying time. I'm pleased with their commitment to their academics and the success they all have had in the pool."
Fay, who is from Jackson Hole, Wyo., earns her first CSCAA Scholar All-America honor. She carries a 3.75 GPA in secondary education-math and earned MW All-Academic and Scholar-Athlete honors this past season. During the 2012-13 school year, she was an All-Mountain Conference selection after finishing seventh and eighth in the platform and 3-meter springboard at the MW Championships. She also earned her first bid to the NCAA Zone "E" Championships.
Hartigan, a Cheyenne, Wyo. product, earned her second Honorable Mention Scholar All-America honor with a 3.73 GPA in elementary education. She is the 2013 Mountain West Champion in the 100-yard freestyle and earned All-MW honors in the 50 and 100 free and 100 breaststroke.
Calhoon, hailing from Sweet Home, Ore., was selected Honorable Mention Scholar All-America for the second time in his career. He currently carries a 3.46 GPA in Animal and Veterinary Science. Calhoon also earned Academic All-MPSF honors. He took home Second Team All-MPSF awards in the 100 and 200 backstroke.
Griffel, a senior to be from Idaho Falls, Idaho, receives his first CSCAA Scholar All-America award. He currently has a 3.51 GPA in kinesiology and health promotion. This past season, he earned First Team All-MPSF honors in the 200 and 500 freestyle.
Nelson earns his first Scholar All-America award after carrying a 3.58 GPA in physiology. A native of Huntington Beach, he recently won the 400 individual medley at the LA Invite and also competed in the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championship Trials. He also took home two First Team All-MPSF accolades.
Turner, from Marietta, Ga., was selected Honorable Mention All-America for the first time in his career. He has a 3.17 overall GPA in astronomy. Turner had a solid sophomore campaign bringing home Second Team All-MPSF honors in the 200 IM, 400 IM and the 200 breaststroke.