May 17, 2013
Seniors Kelsey Floyd and Brent Sterling were both named to the Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Teams, CoSIDA announced Friday.
Floyd and Sterling both enjoyed standout competitive senior seasons in the pool and diving well in addition to excelling in the classroom.
Floyd, a Recreation and Sport Management major, was a Capital One Academic All-American as a junior and is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. She earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship last month worth $7,500.
In competition, Floyd finished her career with the most career All-America honors in program history with 24, earning six as a senior. She swam a leg on all three of the Lady Vols' NCAA championship relay teams in March, helping Tennessee to finish third in the team standings, the best result in program history.
This year is Sterling's first on the Academic All-District Team. The senior diver led the Vol divers in competition this season while turning in a GPA of 3.98 in biochemistry and molecular biology. He has earned back-to-back Elite 89 Awards at the NCAA Championships, an honor given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the final site.
Sterling reached the final site for the third time in his career as a senior and earned honorable mention All-America honors for the first time with his performance on the 1-meter springboard.
Both Floyd and Sterling are eligible for Academic All-America honors that will be announced later this month.
PETERSEN TAKES EIGHTH AT OPEN WATER NATIONALS
Rising senior Sam Petersen placed eighth in the 10K race at the USA Swimming Open Water Nationals on Friday in Castaic Lake, Calif.
He finished the race in 1 hour, 57 minutes and 36.934 seconds, just three minutes behind the winner.
Bryce BeVier, who will be junior next year, finished 22nd in 2:06:01.220.
"They were both gritty, tough and unphased by the top swimmers in the country," Tennessee associate coach Tyler Fenwick said. "It was a tremendous performance by two rising distance stars."