July 3, 2009
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America announced Wednesday the 2009 Scholar All-America Awards. The University of Tennessee was honored as one of the nation's premier institutions for student-athletes. Additionally, seven student-athletes were honored for their excellence in the pool and the classroom.
UT was one of 57 NCAA Division I schools named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America honor roll. With an overall team GPA of 3.02, the Vol squad made the cut and was one of five SEC schools on the list.
In addition to being applauded for the team's academic accomplishment, the CSCAA named three Vols individual Scholar All-Americans and four more Vols Honorable Mention Scholar All-Americans.
Freshman-sensation diver Ryan Helms, rising co-captain Geoff Sanders and Knoxville-native Brent Sterling were each awarded an individual Scholar All-America award. All three student-athletes maintained a GPA of 3.5 or better for the 2008-09 academic year while also competing in the 2009 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
Four additional athletes earned an Honorable Mention All-America award for also maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or better during the 2008-09 academic year and meeting an NCAA B-cut qualifying standard. Sophomore Mattias Kahlin, seniors Jimmy Dabney and Stephen Fortney, and junior Jordan Walters all met these qualifications.
Tennessee was one of only two SEC schools to earn the team award and place student-athletes on both lists.