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Swimming and Diving's Connell Named Mid-Major All-America

SOMERS, Wis. – Northern Arizona swimmer Fi Connell has been named to the 2010 Division I Mid-Major All-America team, CollegeSwimming.com announced on Tuesday.  Connell earned honorable mention honors after reaching NCAA ‘B’ time standards in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke. 

Connell won two individual goal medals in the 100 and 200 backstrokes at the 2010 WAC Championships in February and became the first multiple winner for NAU in a championship meet since Emily Simon in 2004.  Connell also won a silver medal in the 400 medley relay.

She earned two All-WAC first-team selections and two All-WAC second team honors during her freshman season.  She led the Lumberjacks with two Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Swimmer of the Week awards. 

Connell also set Wall Aquatic Center pool records in the 100-meter and 200-meter backstrokes.  For the year, the freshman from Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia had 11 individual first-place finishes and four first-place finishes on relays in dual meets.

Mid-Major institutions are designated as colleges or universities that are not affiliated with a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conference as well as those institutions awarding less than half of the maximum-allowable scholarships.

DID YOU KNOW…Overall, 44 student-athletes earned a 4.0 GPA for the fall semester, representing 14 of the 15 squads. The soccer team led the department with eight student-athletes with a 4.0 GPA for the semester.

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