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Utah swimming and diving team has 26 on Pac-12 All-Academic teams, up from 15

First Published      Last Updated Apr 16 2014 03:40 pm

The U.'s swimming and diving team made large strides (strokes?) not only in the pool but also in the classroom in 2014.

The Utes had 26 athletes named to the Pac-12 Swimming and Diving All-Academic teams on Wednesday, up from 15 in 2013.

Last year's team had just two first-teamers. This year the top squad includes three Ute men ­— sophomores Jacob Crayne (3.78 GPA in communications), David Fraser (3.73 business) and Josiah Purss (3.77 business) — and two Ute women in sophomore Ashlyn Karosas (3.78 exercise sport science) and junior Kersten Merry (3.68 communications, and a repeat achiever).

To be eligible, athletes must be at least a sophomore and make a significant contribution in the pool.

Second team • Men: Caleb Herrick (3.4 health education), Bence Kiraly (3.5 business), Kyle Owens (3.66 undeclared). Women: Paolina Carnevale (3.4 business), Katie Morgan (3.5 exercise sport science), Petra Soininen (3.6 biology), Traycie Swartz (3.5 parks, recreation and tourism), Sami Zuch (3.4 parks, recreation and tourism).

Honorable mention • Men: Alex Brown, Graham Charlton, Alex Fernandes, Jonas Holmstrom, Kristian Kron and Brandon Young. Women: Sydney Bull, Nicole Ligeza, Maryssa McArthur, Maudee Miner, Melissa Paahk and Treasa Ring.

— Matthew Piper


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