May 2, 2011
SOMERS, Wisc. -
Ohio senior Rachel Heim (San Diego, Calif.) was named a Women's First Team Mid-Major All-American by collegeswimming.com in a release Monday afternoon. The 19 women and seven men earned the honor based on their qualification for the 2011 NCAA Division I Championships. It was the second-fewest number of honorees in the seven years of the program.
Heim received the honor after being awarded both the Ed Wright and Scott Hammond Awards at the team's annual Awards Banquet last week in recognition of her outstanding performance, leadership, spirit, and citizenship throughout the season.
An additional 161 female swimmers were awarded Honorable Mention status, including Ohio's own Amanda Cecere (Chelmsford, Mass.), Petra Chomicz (King's Lynn, Norfolk, England), Annie Donovan (Findlay, Ohio), Lauren Funk (Springfield, Ohio), Stacey Huber (Gainesville, Fla.), Sarah Owen (Portsmouth, Hampshire, England), Rachel Stearns (Minnetonka, Minn.), Amanda Traylor (Los Alamitos, Calif.), and Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.). Honorable mention selections are swimmers who were entered with NCAA `B' standards, but not selected for the 2011 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
The following conferences have been designated as Mid-Majors: America East, Atlantic 10, Colonial Athletic Association, Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association, Horizon, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mountain Pacific, Missouri Valley, Patriot, Sun Belt, Summit, and Western Athletic. Institutions are also eligible by awarding fewer than half of the maximum-allowable scholarships (seven for women, five for men).