June 5, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's swimmer Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) was named a Capital One Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday (June 5), earning a spot on the women's at-Large third team.
Beidler is just the third U-M women's swimmer to earn this prestigious honor, and the first since 2008. Previous recipients include Valeria Silva (second team, 2008) and Alecia Humphrey (second team, 1995).
The at-large team for the Capital One Academic All-America program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; and bowling, rowing and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men. Only 45 student-athletes from across the nation were selected to be Academic All-Americans.
Beidler capped her four years at Michigan with her most successful season as a senior. She won the Big Ten title in the 400-yard individual medley while setting a new school record (4:07.42) at the conference meet. She added two more top-10 finishes in the Big Ten with a third-place finish in the 200-yard IM and a ninth-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly. For her efforts, Beidler was named to the All-Big Ten first team. She also qualified for the NCAA meet for the second consecutive season.
The recent graduate served as a team captain in her senior season. While she specialized in the individual medley, she demonstrated her versatility by racing in seven different events throughout Michigan's season. Beidler also won at least one race in seven different dual meets.
Away from the pool, Beidler finished her degree in communication studies and was voted to the Academic All-District Five At-Large team. She has also been named Academic All-Big Ten three times (2012-14) and was named a CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention in 2012. Beidler was heavily involved with Girls On the Run as a volunteer, an organization that empowers girls through exercise and camaraderie.
Selected by CoSIDA members, the Academic All-America distinction is given to student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 (on a scale of 4.00), have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Capital One Academic All-America At-Large
Lara Albright, Gymnastics -- Oklahoma, Marketing
Elizabeth Beisel, Swimming -- Florida, Telecommunications - News
Ali Binnington, Ice Hockey -- Rochester Inst. of Tech, Finance
Lauren Blazing, Field Hockey -- Duke, Cultural Anthropology/Political Science
Megan Buja, Bowling -- Maryland Eastern Shore, Human Ecology/Dietetics
Taylor D'Amore, Lacrosse -- Johns Hopkins, Biology
Mary Anne Daines, Tennis -- Alabama, Human Perf. Exercise Science
Maya DiRado, Swimming -- Stanford, Management Science and Engineering
Vanessa Gagnon, Ice Hockey -- Clarkson, MBA
Anja Gruber, Skiing -- Vermont, Business Administration
Kim Jacob, Gymnastics -- Alabama, Exercise Science
Stephanie Meadow, Golf -- Alabama, Accounting
Petra Niedermayerova, Tennis -- Kansas State, Economics
Emma Reaney, Swimming -- Notre Dame, Design
Laura Ryan, Swimming -- Georgia, Psychology
Emily Wong, Gymnastics -- Nebraska, Nutrition Science
Darcie Anderson, Swimming -- San Jose State, Kinesiology
Ashley Armstrong, Golf -- Notre Dame, Mechanical Engineering
Alicia Asturias, Gymnastics -- California, Psychology
Lauren Beers, Gymnastics -- Alabama, Exercise Science
Flora Bolonyai, Water Polo -- USC, Economics/Mathematics
Kimberly Dinh, Golf -- Wisconsin, Chemical Engineering/ Chemistry
Lindsay Gendron, Swimming -- Tennessee, Marketing
Lauren Herring, Tennis --Georgia, Sociology/Psychology
Haley Ishimatsu, Swimming -- USC, Sociology
Elise Löfgren, Swimming -- Saint Francis (Pa.), Chemistry
Erin Meyer, Crew -- MIT, Mechanical Engineering
Loren Shealy, Field Hockey -- North Carolina, Business Administration
Brooklynn Snodgrass, Swimming -- Indiana, Exploratory
Shannon Vreeland, Swimming -- Georgia, International Affairs/ Economics
Rachael Acker, Swimming -- California, French
Shelby Amsley-Benzie, Ice Hockey -- North Dakota, Chemical Engineering
Kristen Barta, Swimming -- U.S. Military Academy, Life Science
Courtney Beidler, Swimming -- Michigan, Communication Studies
Ellen Bradford, Swimming -- U.S. Naval Academy, Honors Systems Engineering
Nikki Chiricosta, Tennis -- Bowling Green State, Communication
Caroline Federighi, Lacrosse -- Oregon, Human Physiology
Shae Fournier, Water Polo -- Indiana, Psychology
Hailee Hansen, Gymnastics -- Utah, Mass Communication
Delaney Howson, Golf -- Murray State, Finance
Brittney Kuras, Swimming -- Buffalo, Psychology
Shona Morgan, Gymnastics -- Stanford, Human Biology
Veronica Popovici, Tennis -- Wyoming, Family & Consumer Science/ Dietetics
Gabrielle Shishkoff, Swimming -- Penn State, Psychology
Michelle Shnayder, Gymnastics -- Brown, Neuroscience
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