CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Six members of the Virginia swimming teams were named to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-Academic Team, the organization announced. Additionally, both the Cavalier men’s and women’s squads were honored for their work in the classroom.
Four members of the women’s team, including Mei Christensen (Sr., Reston, Va.), Katherine McDonnell (Sr., Culpeper, Va.), Kristen Moores (Jr., Gaithersburg, Md.) and Christine Olson (Fr., Gilbert, Ariz.), were named to the All-Academic Team. Daniel Johnson (Sr., Concord, N.C.) and Taylor Smith (Jr., Saratoga, Calif.) earned the honor from the men’s team.
Christensen, the two-time ACC Swimmer of the Year, earned All-America honors in five events at the NCAA Championships, including the 100 and 200 back events, and contributed to three of Virginia’s All-America relay squads. She defended her conference titles in the 100 and 200 back at the ACC Championships and was also a part of three championship relays.
McDonnell was an All-American with the 400 medley relay team and qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 100 and 200 breast events. At the conference meet, she swam as a member of the championship 200 and 400 medley relay teams and was an all-ACC selection in the 100 breast.
Moores, who was honored by the CSCAA for the second consecutive year, swam with Virginia’s All-America 400 free relay and honorable mention All-American 800 free relay team. She competed in the 200 free at the NCAA Championships and also had a pair of top-10 finishes in the 100 and 200 free at the ACC Championships. At the conference meet, Moores was a member of UVa’s championship 400 free relay team.
Olson qualified for the NCAA Championships as a freshman and also claimed her first ACC individual title, tying for the title in the 200 breast and setting a school and conference record.
Johnson co-captained the men’s squad and collected all-ACC honors in the 200 back at the conference meet. He also placed fourth in the 100 back at the ACC Championships.
Smith was an all-ACC performer in the 500 free at the conference meet and recorded a pair of fifth-place finishes in the 200 free and 1650 free. He was also a member of Virginia’s ACC championship and All-America 800 free relay team.