Amherst Swimmers and Golfers Earn Academic All-America Honors

AMHERST, MA – With final academic markings completed for the 2008-09 academic year, a number of Amherst College student-athletes have received national recognition for their achievements in the classroom. The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) and the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) each named their 2008-09 Scholar All-Americans last week, with over a dozen Lord Jeffs grabbing honors.

Leading the pack are six members of the Amherst women's swimming and diving team, each earning CSCAA Individual Scholar All America honors. Kendra Stern (Albuquerque, NM), Meaghan Stern (Albuquerque, NM), Alex Lee (Piedmont, CA), Erin Morrison (Old Greenwich, CT), Kendall Dacey (W. Roxbury, MA), and Brooke Bennett (Arcadia, CA) each met the criteria for the highest academic honor. To qualify, student-athletes must not only have a 3.5 grade-point-average, but also qualify for the NCAA Championships.

The Amherst men's swimming and diving team was just as impressive in the classroom this year, with four individuals earning Academic All-American honors. Tad Homchick (Mercer Island, WA), Reid Fitzgerald (New York, NY), Kai Robinson (Vashon, WA) and Christian Witzke (Jacksonville, FL) earned the top honor this season.

Additionally, teammates Ryan Colby (Birdsboro, PA) and Andrea Jensen (Burnsville, MN) were named Academic All American Honorable Mention 

Academic success was not limited to Pratt Pool this year, as a pair of Amherst women's golfers were recently tabbed for the NGCA All-American Scholar Team. To qualify for golf's top academic honor, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50, or above, and have competed in at least 66% of a college's regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year. Amherst's Laura Monty (N. Granby, CT) and Nina Yoo (Duluth, GA) each met the qualifications this year after their rookie seasons for Amherst.