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Swimmers & Divers Collect Scholar All-America Honors
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 07/14/2014
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DURHAM, N.C. – Nine members of the Duke men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs have received Scholar All-America recognition for the 2013-14 season, as announced Monday by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

Both the men’s and women’s teams were also named recipients of the 2014 Spring Scholar All-America Awards for achieving a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the previous semester.

2014 graduate Nick McCrory garnered CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team accolades for the third time in his career after also collecting CSCAA All-America honors in May. The 2012 Olympic bronze medalist concluded his collegiate career by capturing his fourth NCAA title in men’s platform diving, making him the first athlete to win four national championships in that event.

Classmates Lauren Weaver and Christine Wixted and sophomore Jessie Sutherland joined McCrory in earning Scholar All-America first team distinction. Wixted was an honorable mention All-American in 2014 with a 16th-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke and teamed with Sutherland, Weaver and sophomore Maddie Rusch for the 200 medley relay which earned automatic qualification to the NCAA Championship meet. Weaver and Wixted also represented Duke on the 200 freestyle relay at NCAAs, eclipsing the previous school record in the event with a 1:29.90 performance.

In addition to earning the CSCAA Scholar All-America award, McCrory was named the ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2014, while Sutherland and Wixted were also tabbed to the conference’s All-Academic Team.

The Blue Devils placed five other student-athletes on the CSCAA Scholar All-American Honorable Mention teams, including sophomore James Peek on the men’s side and 2014 graduate Emily Barber, junior Kendall McClenney and sophomores Liza Bragg and Kirby Quinn on the women’s side.

The Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester or cumulative average, and have qualified for and competed at their respective national championship.

The Honorable Mention Scholar All-America Award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester, or cumulative average, and have achieved a "B" time standard but did not qualify or compete in their respective national championship. Divers qualify by competing at their respective championship qualifying meets, zones or NCAA preliminary rounds.