The Lewis University women's swimming team has earned the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Team Scholar All-America Honor for the second semester of the 2012-13 year, the organization announced on Wednesday (July 17).
The Flyers posted a 3.59 team grade-point-average for the Spring 2013 semester. The Team Scholar All-American award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher.
"This team is a great example of the Division II motto, 'Life in the Balance'," Lewis head women's swimming coach Roger Karns said. "In the pool, they just completed a very successful season and they proved that collegiate athletes get it done in the classroom as well.
"The great work ethic they have learned from swimming has translated into academic success and, in the future, will translate into career success," Karns continued. "We are very proud of the academic accomplishments of these fine ladies."
Sophomore Katie Hallenbeck (Plano, Ill./Plano) was also recognized by the CSCAA as an individual Honorable Mention Scholar All-American. This award is presented to college and university swimmers, who have achieved a grade-point-average of 3.5 or higher, for the semester or cumulative average, and have achieved a "B" time standard, but have not qualified to compete in their respective national championship.
At the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Association Swimming Championship, Hallenbeck teamed up with freshman Kinsey Coble (Lafayette, Ind./Jefferson), senior Angela Cusack (Willow Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) and sophomore Cindy Jezuit (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton North) in the 400-yard freestyle relay for a NCAA B Cut time of 3:34.92. She also helped the Flyers' 800-yard freestyle relay team of freshman Elizabeth Harris (Albuquerque, N.M./La Cueva), Jezuit and Cusack to post a NCAA B Cut with a time of 7:51.77.
"Katie is a hard-working, dedicated athlete who takes her studies seriously," Karns said. "Her success, both in the pool and in the classroom, sets the standard for Lewis Swimming."
The Flyers kick off the 2013-14 season when they host Hillsdale on Saturday, October 19 at 1 PM at Lewis Pool.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
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