DURHAM, N.C. – Seventeen members of the Duke swimming and diving program received Scholar All-America honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, the organization announced Wednesday.
Both Blue Devil squads were named Scholar All-America teams by the CSCAA earlier this month for achieving a grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the spring semester. The Duke men led all ACC institutions with a combined grade point average of 3.36 for the semester while the women compiled a 3.52 team grade point average to rank fourth among conference teams.
Recent graduates Verity Abel, Lizzie Devitt, Leah Goldman and Isabella Paez, as well as rising seniors Hunter Aitchison and Maddie Hess, were all selected for CSCAA Scholar All-America first team recognition after concluding the 2017-18 campaign at the NCAA Championships. Goldman finished 15th in the 100-yard butterfly for honorable mention All-America accolades, while as a group, the women’s squad tied for 42nd in the final team standings, marking the highest NCAA finish for the women’s program since 2011.
Aitchison and Goldman were named to the Scholar All-America first team for the second consecutive season while Abel and Devitt were honorable mention honorees in 2017.
Rising junior Nathaniel Hernandez represented the Duke men on the Scholar All-America first team following an outstanding performance in the postseason. He took home honorable mention All-America honors with a 12th-place showing in platform diving. Hernandez’s efforts helped the Blue Devils tie for 33rd in the final team standings with nine points.
Ten other student-athletes earned Scholar All-America honorable mention accolades from the CSCAA for the 2017-18 campaign, including Sheldon Boboff, Connie Dean, Nathaniel Hartley, Mickayla Hinkle, Judd Howard, Yusuke Legard, Josh Owsiany, Max St. George, Teddy Zeng and Adam Zimmer.
Goldman, Hernandez, Howard and Zeng also garnered All-ACC Academic laurels for the 2017-18 season.
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 achieved a ‘B’ time standard or competed at the NCAA Championships or Zone Diving qualifier.
2018 CSCAA Scholar All-America Team – Duke Selections
Name, Year, (First Team/Honorable Mention)
Verity Abel, Senior (First Team)
Hunter Aitchison, Junior (First Team)
Sheldon Boboff, Sophomore (HM)
Connie Dean, Freshman (HM)
Lizzie Devitt, Senior (First Team)
Leah Goldman, Senior (First Team)
Nathaniel Hartley, Freshman (HM)
Nathaniel Hernandez, Sophomore (First Team)
Maddie Hess, Junior (First Team)
Mickayla Hinkle, Junior (HM)
Judd Howard, Junior (HM)
Yusuke Legard, Junior (HM)
Josh Owsiany, Junior (HM)
Isabella Paez, Senior (First Team)
Max St. George, Junior (HM)
Teddy Zeng, Freshman (HM)
Adam Zimmer, Freshman (HM)