July 6, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee women's swimming and diving team and six individual Lady Vols were honored by the College Swimming Coaches Association in its annual Scholar All-America awards.
With a 3.26 team GPA, UT was one of 109 women's squads named as a 2009 Academic All-American Team by having GPA of above a 3.0.
Additionally, Alex Barsanti and Gabrielle Trudeau were named individual Academic All-Americans by the CSCAA, while Samara Gelb, Sarah McCall, Staley McCartney and Jill Pierce picked up Honorable Mention Academic All-America honors.
The Lady Vols proved they are getting the job done in both the pool and the classroom as the CSCAA required a swimmer or diver to have participated in the NCAA Championships and have a GPA of 3.5 or better to earn a spot on the Academic All-American team. To earn Honorable Mention accolades, an athlete had to achieve a 3.5 GPA and record an NCAA-qualifying time or mark.
Trudeau capped her freshman season by placing 13th at the 2009 NCAA Championships on the platform, while also competing on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards.
Barsanti qualified for her first national championships during her junior season, competing in the 100y and 200y breast events.
McCall was a standout in the breast and IM events during her final collegiate season, while McCartney was one of UT's top divers during her senior year.
Pierce qualified for the NCAA Cone B Diving Championships during her sophomore season, while Gelb scored points for the Lady Vols in the fly, breast and IM events in her debut season in Orange and White.