Arizona's Schluntz Named At-Large Academic All-America of the Year and Six Additional Pac-10 Athletes Named At-Large Academic All-Americans
June 11, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- ARIZONA senior swimmer Justine Schluntz was voted Women’s At-Large Academic All-America of the Year, while six other Pac-10 student-athletes were named ESPN the Magazine Academic All-Americans. Arizona led the way with three athletes on the first team, Schluntz and senior swimmers Ana Agy and Annie Chandler. Two Stanford senior swimmers, Julia Smit and Elaine Breeden, also earned first team honors. Representing the Pac-10 on the third team was Arizona State sophomore golfer Carlota Ciganda and Sun Devil sophomore diver Elina Eggers.
The At-Large category for Academic All-America includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, tennis and water polo. The teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Schluntz, a six-time NCAA champion in swimming, was named Women’s At-Large Academic All-America and earned first team honors, carrying a 4.00 GPA while studying fluid dynamics at the graduate level. A native of Albuquerque, N.M., Schluntz is a Rhodes Scholar and a current finalist for the Walter Byers Scholarship. She was a member of the Wildcats‘ record-setting 200-yard free and 400-yard medley relay teams who hold NCAA and American records. The Wildcats set the 200-yard free relay record in 2009 with a time of 1:26.20 while the 400-yard medley relay team owns the record with a time of 3:28.31. As a sophomore, she was a member of the Wildcats’ first-ever NCAA championship team. A three-time Pac-10 All-Academic team member, she will study fluid dynamics next year at Oxford.
Joining Schluntz on the first team are Wildcats teammates, seniors Ana Agy and Annie Chandler. Agy, a first team Pac-10 All-Academic selection, holds a 3.79 GPA as a business and economics major. She is a 15-time All-American and has been a member of four NCA champion relay teams for the Cats. The Park City, Utah, native owns school records in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard backstroke. Chandler was named to the first team with a 3.50 GPA in journalism. The 2010 NCAA champion in the 100-yard breaststroke, she broke the NCAA record with a time of 58.06 seconds. The San Antonio, Tex., native won the Ruby Award as Arizona’s top female senior athlete this season.
Also named to the first team was a pair of Stanford senior swimmers, Julia Smit and Elaine Breeden. Smit, the Pac-10 Women’s Swimmer of the Year and the Honda Award winner in swimming, holds a 3.51 GPA in anthropology. She is a 26-time All-American at Stanford and has set five school records. She is the first woman to break the four-minute barrier in the 400-yard I.M. and owns the NCAA and American records in both the 200-yard I.M. and the 400-yard I.M. A native of Mt. Sinai, N.Y., she was named the Swimmer of the Meet at the 2010 NCAA Championships and led the Cardinal to a runner-up finish. Teammate Elaine Breeden earned her second-straight first team All-American honor and holds a 3.66 GPA as a classics major. A 24-time All-American, she won her third-straight NCAA title in the 200-yard butterfly and her first championship in the 100-yard butterfly this season. The Lexington, Ky., native is the school record-holder in the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly and owns the American and NCAA records in the 200-yard fly.
Arizona State sophomore golfer Carlota Ciganda was named a third-team All-American, holding a 3.92 GPA in interdisciplinary studies. The Pamplona, Spain, native became the first player to win back-to-back Pac-10 individual titles and helped to lead her team to a fourth place finish overall at the 2010 NCAA
Women’s Golf Championships.
Sun Devil diver Elina Eggers was named to the third team with a 4.00 GPA in Business. The Stockholm, Sweden, native, was named the Pac-10 Women’s Diving Newcomer of the Year, after winning the platform diving title at the Pac-10 Championships.