FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Three Northern Arizona swimming & diving student-athletes were named Honorable Mention Scholar All-Americans by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) on Monday. Jordan Burnes, Chelsea Jackson and Alexa Geiger were recognized individually for their academic success, giving NAU a WAC-best three honorees.
The Honorable Mention Scholar All-America Award is presented to 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' standard time 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.
Burnes posted a pair of NCAA 'B' standard time in the breaststroke events at the WAC Championships to cap off an illustrious career. The Berkeley Vale, NSW, Australia native captured her first individual gold medal winning the 200 breast with a 'B' time of 2:13.35. She also earned a silver medal in the 100 breast with a second 'B' time of 1:01.94. Burnes broke both of her own school records in the events and finished her final conference championships with three All-WAC first team honors.
Jackson earned her second CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention Award by competing at the NCAA Zone E Meet following three bronze medal finishes in each of the diving events at the WAC Championships. She collected three All-WAC first team honors in a season that was filled with highlights including setting a new Wall Aquatic Center record on 1-meter versus New Mexico and receiving two WAC Diver of the Week awards. At the Zone E Meet, the Flagstaff, Ariz. native advanced to the finals on the 3-meter springboard and finished 15th overall with a total score of 577.50.
Geiger made an immediate impact for the Lumberjacks in her first season as she placed in the top-eight in all three diving events at the conference meet, propelling her to three All-WAC second team honors. Her best finish was fourth on the 3-meter board with a season-best score of 310.15 while also placing fifth on 1-meter and seventh on platform. The product out of Fullerton, Calif. advanced to the NCAA Zone E Meet where she finished 22nd on 1-meter to put a wraps on her debut season in which she also received a WAC Diver of the Week nod.
The three individual awards come a few days after the Lumberjacks were named a CSCAA Scholar All-American Team, finishing in a tie for seventh best GPA among the country's swimming & diving teams with a 3.58 spring grade point average.
The Western Athletic Conference had a total of eight individual Scholar All-Americans with NAU leading the way with three of the eight. Idaho and Grand Canyon each had two awardees and North Dakota had one.