TOWSON, Maryland, June 6. 2013 SEC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and NCAA Champion in the 400 IM, Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.), was named the 2013 Capital One Women's Academic All-America of the Year for the At-Large division as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). She becomes just the 11th Gator in school history and the first UF swimmer to earn the distinction.
Along with being named Academic All-America of the Year, Beisel was also selected to the first-team for the second straight season. She joins Tracy Caulkins as the only two in women's swimming and diving history to be named to the first team in consecutive seasons. Beisel became the first two-time selection under current UF head coach Gregg Troy.
The announcement marks the fifth consecutive season that a member of the Florida women's swimming and diving team has been named an Academic All-American as Beisel was first team in 2012, Teresa Crippen (Conshohocken, Pa.) was named to the district team in 2011 and third team in 2010 and Gemma Spofforth (West Sussex, England) was named to the district team in 2009.
The telecommunications major, who has carried a 3.63 GPA during her career, led the Gators to a sixth place finish at the 2013 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. There she secured her second individual NCAA Championship of her career after touching the wall first with a 4:00.49 swim in the 400 IM. Beisel collected five All-America honors, all first team at the NCAA meet to give her 14 for her career. She finished in the top-five in all three individual events, taking first in the 400 IM, third in the 200 back and fifth in the 200 IM.
Beisel also won two SEC titles this season as she became the three-time defending champion in both the 400 IM and 200 back at the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships. She was awarded the SEC Commissioner's Trophy for high point winner for the second straight year. She joined Gemma Spofforth as the only female Gator to win the trophy twice. Beisel led Florida with 21 individual victories as she gathered wins in eight different events during the 2012-13 season.
The Gators also had to men make the 2013 Capital One Men's At-Large Academic All-America, as senior Cameron Martin (Clearwater, Fla.) was named to the second team and junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) was named to the third team.
The at-large team for the Capital One Academic All-America program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men.
About the Academic All-America Program:
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 18,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
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