June 22, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-Twelve members of the Virginia swimming and diving program have been honored by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) as 2016 Scholar All-Americans, the association announced Wednesday (June 22). In addition, the Cavalier women’s team has been recognized as a CSCAA Scholar All-American Team.
Graduated senior Courtney Bartholomew (Holland, Mich.), rising seniors Shannon Rauth (Glenmoore, Pa.) and Laura Simon (Simmern, Germany), rising junior Corey Johnson (Ambler, Pa.) and rising sophomore Vivian Tafuto (Hummelstown, Pa.) were named Scholar All-Americans, while graduated seniors Carl Buergler (Arlington, Va.), Haley Durmer (Decatur, Ga.) and Eric Holden (Orange, Conn.), rising junior Luke Georgiadis (Jacksonville, Fla.) and rising sophomores Alex Albracht (Mission Hills, Kan.), Kirsten Parkinson (Stamford, Conn.) and Rachel Politi (Bexley, Ohio) were honorable mention selections.
To be selected to the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, swimmers and divers must have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and have participated in their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Honorable Mention selections have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a “B” time standard or competed at their respective qualifying meets.
Bartholomew, UVA’s NCAA Woman of the Year nominee, earned first-team All-America honors in five events in 2016, including second-place finishes in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championships. Simon earned three first-team All-America nods, while Rauth earned first-team All-America honors with the 400 medley relay. Buergler and Durmer were honored at the UVA All-Sports Banquet as being the male and female senior student-athletes with the highest scholastic average through four years at Virginia.
The women’s team had a cumulative GPA of 3.34 for the spring semester. The Cavaliers won their ninth-consecutive ACC Championship and finished fifth at the NCAA Championships for the second-straight year.
To be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a grade point average of 3.00 or higher over the Spring semester.