DURHAM, N.C. – After receiving 2019 Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large recognition last month, Blue Devil swimmer Hunter Aitchison was named to the Academic All-America Women’s At-Large third team Friday.
With the honor, Aitchison became the third Academic All-American in women’s program history, joining former Blue Devils Katie Ness (ESPN - 2006) and Jessica Lyden (CoSIDA - 2012).
The at-large teams for the Google Cloud Academic All-America program include the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming & diving, tennis and water polo for both men and women, as well as beach volleyball, bowling, field hockey and rowing for women, and volleyball and wrestling for men.
Aitchison graduated from Duke in May with a degree in neuroscience and minors in chemistry and biology. She was selected to the All-ACC Academic Team for the second time in her career this spring and is a two-time College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America first team honoree pending this year’s release. The Clearwater, Fla., native was also named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll each season and earned CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention recognition in 2016.
In addition to garnering a host of academic honors as a senior, Aitchison also wrapped up her collegiate career in the pool on a high note. She made her third career appearance at the NCAA Championships, earning honorable mention All-America laurels as a member of the Blue Devils’ 200 and 400-yard freestyle and 200 medley relays while helping break school records in all three events. Aitchison contributed to a 23rd-place finish for Duke in the final team standings in Austin, marking the second-highest finish in women’s program history and the highest since 2011. As a senior, she also turned in three top-five finishes as a member of Blue Devil relays at the ACC Championships, helping lead the squad to a fifth-place showing at the championship meet.
Also representing Duke on the 2019 Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-America Women’s At-Large third team was Virginia Elena Carta of the women’s golf program.