April 4, 2012
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Ohio Swimming and Diving collected four spots on the 2012 Academic All-MAC team, the Mid-American Conference office announced on Wednesday. In addition to earning four spots, five additional Ohio student-athletes garnered Honorable Mention recognition.
Kristin Capcik (Milwaukee, Wisc.), Amanda Cecere (Chelmsford, Mass.), Abby Corcoran (Tucscon, Ariz.) and MaryRose Hillstrom (Dimondale, Mich.) were all named to the team for Ohio. These four Bobcats join 26 student-athletes from across the conference in earning the honor. Cecere was recognized for the second consecutive season, as she was named an Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention last season.
Five additional Bobcats earned Honorable Mention recognition as well. Alexa Gordish (North Canton, Ohio), Kristen Witham (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Kristyn Repke (Cary, N.C.), Morgan Sprosty (Irvine, Calif.) and Petra Chomicz (King's Lynn, England) also performed well academically and athletically for the Bobcats during the 2011-12 season.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award. Outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments only for the current season are considered.
See below for detailed information on each of the feats achieved by the nine Bobcats this season as well as the complete list of Academic All-MAC honorees.
Bios Pre-Professional (4.00 GPA)
Set the fourth-highest score in Ohio program history (302.70) from the three-meter board ... Set the seventh-highest score in program history (273.30) from the one-meter board ... Competed at the NCAA Zones from the three-meter board, finishing 32nd with a score of 251.80 ... Competed at the NCAA Zones from the one-meter board, finishing 57th with a score of 189.70 ... Named to the Dean's List for the 2011 Fall Academic Quarter.
Coaching Education (3.66 GPA)
Set the ninth-fastest mark in program history in the 200 Freestyle, swimming a 1:50.64 ... Was on the 400 Medley Relay team which finished third at the 2012 MAC Championships in a time of 3:42.12 ... Swam on the 800 Freestyle Relay team which finished second at the 2012 MAC Championships in a time of 7:21.08 ... Placed 12th at the MAC Championships in the 200 IM ... Placed fifth in the MAC Championships in the 100 Butterfly ... Earned seventh at the MAC Championships in the 200 Butterfly.
Child and Family Studies (3.31 GPA)
Was a member of the 200 Freestyle Relay team which finished second at the 2012 MAC Championships in a time of 1:30.78 ... Was a member of the 400 Freestyle Relay team which finished second at the MAC Championships in a time of 3:20.68 ... Placed sixth at the MAC Championships in the 100 Freestyle, swimming a 50.35 ... Swam four times which rank within Ohio's top ten in program history throughout the season.
Integrated Mathematics (3.89 GPA)
Placed second at the 2012 MAC Championships from the one-meter diving board with a score of 309.40 ... Placed 32nd at the NCAA Zones with a score of 238.65 ... Set the Ohio University program record from the one-meter board with her score of 309.40 ... Named to the Dean's List for the 2011 Fall Academic Quarter.
Journalism - Broadcast News (3.36 GPA)
Scored a season-high 187.12 from the one-meter diving board on Nov. 5 vs. Buffalo ... Scored a season-high 214.88 from the three-meter diving board on Nov. 12 at Ohio State ... Named to the Dean's List for the 2011 Fall Academic Quarter.
Journalism - Public Relations (3.32 GPA)
Placed sixth at the 2012 MAC Championships in the 1650 Freestyle, swimming a 16:47.06 ... Finished 10th at the MAC Championships in the 500 Freestyle, touching in 4:55.03 ... Placed 10th at the MAC Championships in the 400 Individual Medley, swimming a 4:24.48 ... Was a reliable senior leader for the Bobcats, swimming in every competition during the 2011-12 season.
Magazine Journalism (3.43 GPA)
Swam a season-best 58.59 in the 100 Backstroke at the 2012 MAC Championship time trials ... Broke her prior season-best in the 200 Backstroke by nearly eight seconds with a 2:06.66 at the MAC Championship time trials ... Swam a season-best 2:12.43 in the 200 Freestyle at the 2012 MAC Championships time trials.
Education: Early to Pre-Childhood (3.30 GPA)
Swam a season-best 1:00.90 in the 100 Backstroke against Denison on Jan. 7 ... Swam a season-best 59.58 in the 100 Butterfly against West Virginia on Jan. 27 ... Swam a season-best 2:11.28 in the 200 Butterfly against Ball State on Jan. 28 ... Competed in the 200 and 400 Medley Relay events against West Virginia, Ball State, Buffalo, Marshall, Denison and Youngstown State.
Early Childhood Education (3.48 GPA)
Placed eighth at the 2012 MAC Championships in the 400 IM, swimming a 4:22.74 ... Finished ninth at the 2012 MAC Championships in the 200 Breaststroke, swimming a 2:16.55 ... Swam a season best 100 Breaststroke time of 1:06.26 at Miami on Feb. 4 ... Swam a season best time of 2:09.20 in the 200 Individual Medley in the December Zippy Invitational.
2012 Women's Swimming and Diving Academic All-MAC Team
Meghan Bowling, Akron
Kelsea Cross, Akron
Meg Finnerty, Akron
Leeanna Hoover, Akron
Jackie Iglesias, Ball State
Mallory Miles, Ball State
Emily Wisolek, Ball State
Jennifer Beatty, Bowling Green
Alie Schirmers, Buffalo
Wesley Blassneck, Eastern Michigan
Briana Emig, Eastern Michigan
Danielle Hulvey, Eastern Michigan
Nikki Craft, Miami
Maddie Kete, Miami
Kelsey Mallon, Miami
Maegan O'Connor, Miami
Leah Thornton, Miami
Jenny Warmolts, Miami
Lisa Werwinski, Miami
Bekka Westrick, Miami
Kristin Capcik, Ohio
Amanda Cecere, Ohio
Abby Corcoran, Ohio
MaryRose Hillstrom, Ohio
Rachel Johnson, Toledo
Claire Leichty, Toledo
Carly Harter, Toledo
Christina Noens, Toledo
Louise Smyth, Toledo
LesLee Winfield, Toledo