May 17, 2013
University of Minnesota sophomore swimmer Jessica Plant has been voted to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 At-Large First Team, as announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A three-time All-American, Plant is a classical civilization major with a 4.0 grade-point average. She was a member of Minnesota's 800 free relay team that placed eighth at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships and also helped the Gophers claim their second-straight Big Ten Team Championship this season where she earned a spot of the All-Big Ten Second Team. As a freshman, Plant helped the Gophers' 800 free relay team place fifth at NCAAs and set a new school record with a time of 7:00.65.
Plant is just the sixth swimmer in program history to earn academic all-district honors and the first to be named to the first team since 2008. She joins Kaylee Jamison (2010), Jenny Shaughnessy (2007, 2008), Jenny Hasling (2007), Dana Baum (2003) and Uta Herrmann (1990, 1992) on the list of academic all-district selections.
First-Team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America Honorees will be selected later this month.
To be considered for the Capital One All-America Team, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale, have reached at least sophomore academic standing at her current school, and be nominated by her sports information director.
The Women's At-Large program for Academic All-America includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, and water polo. In its overall program, CoSIDA has honored more than 14,000 student-athletes as Academic All-Americans since 1952.
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