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Swimming & Diving Earns 14 Academic All-WAC Awards

DENVER, Colo. – The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) has announced that 14 members of the NAU swimming & diving team have received Academic All-WAC honors for the 2011-12 season. Five more Lumberjacks had qualifying grade point averages and may be added to the list following the spring semester, at which time they will have completed one academic year at the university and qualify for the award.

"After the great GPA we had in the fall this is another nice honor for the girls to receive for all their hard work in the classroom," NAU head coach Andy Johns said. "We're proud of their achievements and its part of the goals and expectations of the program to do a great job in the pool and in the classroom."

To be eligible for Academic All-WAC honors, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests.

In posting a program-record 3.44 team GPA during the fall semester, NAU tied for the 14th best grade point average among all Division-I women's swimming & diving teams in the nation according to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All America Team. The team had seven student-athletes - Fi Connell, Andrea Derflinger, Ashani Gottlieb, Alexis Juergens, Emily Lewandowski, Rachel Palmer, and Stirling Smith - record perfect 4.00 GPAs during the fall semester.

With the 14 selections from the swimming & diving program, NAU student-athletes have now totaled 104 All-Academic conference selections during the 2011-12 academic year. Here are the swimming & diving honorees:

Cassie Anderson - Sr.

Kristy Ardavanis - Jr.

Tori Braudaway - So.

Jordan Burnes - So.

Fi Connell - Jr.

Andrea Derflinger - So.

Holly Frost - Sr.

Ashani Gottlieb - So.

Kristin Jones - Sr.

Emma Lowther - So.

Kelsey Loy - Jr.

Krista Maier - Sr.

Rachel Palmer - So.

Stirling Smith - So.