July 19, 2013
The men's and women's swimming and diving programs were both honored nationally for their individual and team academic efforts by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America on Thursday.
Both the Vols and Lady Vols earned the Team Scholar All-America Award, a recognition given to squads with a cumulative grade point average at 3.0 or higher.
Seven Lady Vols and four Vols were named to the Swimming and Diving Scholar All-American first team. The individual honor is given to competitors who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above and qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Lady Vols who made the list include: Amanda Carner, Kelsey Floyd, Lindsay Gendron, Madison Hahn, Faith Johnson, Tori Lamp and Jodie McGroarty. The four Vols honored were Sam Rairden, Tristan Slater, Brent Sterling and Ed Walsh.
The Lady Vols enjoyed one of their best seasons in program history in 2013, placing third at the NCAA Championships for the first time. Floyd, Gendron and Johnson were all part of at least one of the Lady Vols' first three NCAA relay championships. Floyd swam on all three teams.
Floyd, who earned a bronze medal at the World University Games in the 400-meter medley relay earlier this week, was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American last month and was a recipient of an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Floyd concluded her Lady Vol career with 24 All-America honors, the most in Lady Vol history.
All three of UT's divers who qualified for NCAAs earned All-American and were Swimming and Diving Scholar All-Americans. Lamp was named the CSCAA Women's Diver of the Year after reaching the finals of all three diving events at NCAAs. McGroarty took bronze at NCAAs in the 1-meter springboard. On the men's side, Sterling earned All-America honors for the first time in addition to winning the Elite 89 Award, given to the competitor at the NCAA meet with the highest GPA.