June 7, 2012
Diver Ryan Helms and swimmer Kelsey Floyd were named to the Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Team, the national sports information directors association announced Thursday.
Helms collected first team honors with a 3.71 GPA in exercise science while Floyd was voted to the second team with a 3.60 GPA in sport management.
As a senior, Helms enjoyed his most productive season in the diving well for the Vols. He won the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard titles at the SEC Championships on his way to being named the SEC Diver of the Year. He also picked up SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year honors.
In addition to winning his first career SEC gold medals, Helms also earned first-team All-America honors at the NCAA Championships.
Helms, a native of Moultrie, Ga., is set to graduate in August.
As a junior, Floyd earned seven All-American honors in the pool at the NCAA Championships, six of them first team. With one season to go, the native of Lexington, Ky., ranks sixth in Lady Vol history in All-America certificates with 18.
Floyd took gold in the 200-yard butterfly and was part of both winning medley relays at the SEC Championships this season. She earned first-team All-SEC honors as the Lady Vols finished second at the conference meet.
Floyd has been named first-team All-SEC three times, while also picking up academic accolades. She was on the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012 and the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll in 2010.
To be eligible for Capital One Academic All-District or All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution.
Helms is the eighth Vol to be voted Academic All-America and is the 13th total selection. Floyd is the ninth Lady Vol to be selected as an Academic All-American and the first since Christine Magnusson in 2008.
OLYMPIC TRIAL COMPETITORS, TOO
Both Helms and Floyd will be competing for a chance to represent the United States in the Olympics this summer. Helms will attempt to qualify in the 3-meter springboard, and event in which he placed fourth at NCAAs. Floyd has secured Olympic Trial cuts in four events.
The U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials runs June 25 through July 2 in Omaha, Neb. The U.S. Olympic Diving Trials is June 17 through 24 in Federal Way, Wash.