seasoThe University of Minnesota men's and women's swimming and diving teams both earned Academic All-America honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for the 2004-05 season. The men's team owned a 3.13 overall GPA, the highest among all Big Ten teams, while the women's squad boasted a 3.33 GPA. A total of 14 men's and women's student-athletes were named Academic All-Americans as well.
To earn team Academic All-America accolades, a squad must maintain at least a 2.80 cumulative grade point average. Overall, the Big Ten was well represented on the Academic All-America list, posting six men's teams and nine women's teams.
On the men's side, sophomores Igor Cerensek and Dan Berve and junior Travis Beckerle earned Academic All-America honors. It is the second honor for Beckerle and the first for Cerensek and Berve. To be eligible, the student-athlete must hold at least a 3.5 GPA and qualify individually for the NCAA Championships. Junior diver John Schmidt and sophomore Shaun Kennedy were named to the Academic All-America honorable mention list. To receive that honor, the student-athlete must hold a 3.5 GPA and post NCAA B-cut standard times or scores.
Earlier this summer, senior Justin Mortimer was named an ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American.
On the women's side, sophomore Julia Quinn was named an Academic All-American. The Evanston, Ill. native was Minnesota's lone individual NCAA qualifier this past season, competing in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Earning Academic All-America honorable mention honors were senior Katy Coombe, juniors Kate Hardt, Sara Vine and Katie Wind, sophomores Jenny Hasling and Holly Jakits and freshmen Jessica Livingston and Erin O'Neil.