SOMERS, Wisc. – NAU junior swimmer Fi Connell and sophomores Jordan Burnes, Emma Lowther, and Rachel Palmer have been named Mid-Major All-Americans by CollegeSwimming.com. The award is the third in as many seasons for Connell while Lowther earned her second All-America honor and Burnes and Palmer received the national accolade for the first time.
"We are extremely proud of Jordan, Fi, Emma, and Rachel for being named mid-major All-American's by CollegeSwimming.com," NAU head coach Andy Johns said. "All four of these girls swam great all year but really performed at their best at our conference championship, where they made their NCAA cuts. All four were instrumental in our relay performances and also an integral part of our team finishing second overall."
Each of the Lumberjack honorees earned their awards after recording NCAA "B" standard times as NAU took second place at the 2012 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Swimming & Diving Championship. Connell recorded "B" times in each of her three individual swims at the conference meet and broke the school record in the 200 backstroke and 200 individual medley to take both titles. Palmer won both the 200 butterfly and 400 IM with school record and NCAA "B" times while Lowther had qualifying times in the 200 and 500 freestyle and Burnes recorded a "B" time in breaking the program record in the 100 breaststroke.
The quartet of swimmers were also part of three "B" times in relays, with the four combining to record a qualifying time and a school record in the 400 medley relay. Connell, Burnes and Palmer were part of the 200 medley relay school record while Lowther and Palmer were part of the 800 free relay team that won the first WAC Championship relay title in program history. In all, NAU's four Mid-Major All-Americans were part of eight school records and won five WAC titles with 11 NCAA "B" standard times to cap a stellar 2011-12 season.
CollegeSwimming.com named 23 first team NCAA Division-I All-America selections for female swimmers who made the 2012 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships and 121 honorable mention honorees for swimmers who were entered with NCAA 'B' standards but not selected for the NCAA Championships. The eight WAC swimming & diving member schools totaled 22 Mid-Major All-America selections, led by six honorees, including one first team member, from conference champion San Jose State. The WAC is one of 14 Division-I conferences nationwide designated as Mid-Majors for women's swimming and diving.