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Five Ohio Swimmers Garner Academic Recognition

July 22, 2009

BALTIMORE, Md. - Five members of the Ohio University swimming & diving team were recently honored as Collegiate Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-Americans. Rising senior Chelsey Bower received first-team recognition, while rising junior Rachel Heim, departing senior Ashley Marion, rising junior Amanda Traylor and departing senior Carine Vieira de Souza earned honorable mention status.

In its women's swimming history, Ohio has now produced 18 student-athletes who have combined to earn CSCAA Scholar All-America honors on 23 occasions.

The Bobcats were also honored for compiling a grade-point average of 3.00 or higher, posting a mark of 3.26 that ranked 65th among Division I programs from across the nation.

Bower (Bethel Park, Pa.) and Heim (San Diego, Calif.), marketing and biochemistry majors, respectively, competed at the ConocoPhillips U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis this summer, while Marion (London, Ontario), a business administration major, was named Ohio's Female Senior Student-Athlete of the Year after wrapping up her career in 2009 with 10 MAC titles. Traylor (Los Alamitos, Calif.), a pre-exercise physiology major, finished fourth in the 500 free and seventh in the 1,650 free at the 2009 MAC Championships, while Vieira de Souza (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), a dietetics major, took eighth in the 100 back.

CSCAA Scholar All-Americans are selected on the basis of their performance in both the pool and the classroom. To be selected to the All-America squad, swimmers must qualify for the NCAA Championship meet and achieve a GPA of 3.50 or higher. Honorable mention selections must attain an NCAA consideration time (B standard) and own a GPA of 3.50 of higher.