Four Swimmers Earn Pacific-10 First and Second Team All-Academic Honors

April 11, 2008

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Washington State swim team had 10 student-athletes recognized for their academic achievements by the Pacific-10 Conference, announced conference commissioner Tom Hansen. Seniors Danielle Berish and Bryn Mooney were named to the 2008 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Swimming & Diving All-Academic First Team and juniors Maya Dill and Jamie MacLeod were named to the second team.

A native of Atlanta, Ga., Berish has a 3.72 grade point average and is a communication major. She was named to the Freshman All-Academic team in 2005, the second team in 2006 and the first team last season. Berish posted five season-best times during the Pac-10 Championships this year and is the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Mooney, from Pullman, Wash., carries a 3.83 grade point average and is majoring in fine arts. She was named to the Freshman All-Academic team in 2005, the first team in 2006 and the second team last season. Mooney had four lifetime bests at the Pac-10 Championships and moved into ninth place on the Cougar all-time top-10 list in the 200 backstroke.

Originally from Longview, Wash., Dill holds a 3.62 grade point average and is majoring in sociology. Dill had lifetime bests in four different freestyle events at the Pac-10 Championships.

MacLeod, a native of Mississauga, Ontario, has a 3.57 grade point average and is a microbiology major. She was named to the second team last season. MacLeod competed in freestyle and butterfly events this season.

Six Cougars earned honorable mention accolades including juniors Brett Bogachus (general biological sciences), Kristin Marceau (food science/human nutrition), Elyse Peterson (general medical sciences) and Afton Pickett (bioengineering) and sophomores Michaela Ahlin (communication) and Keara Sheahan (pre-pharmacy). Peterson and Pickett were honorable mention picks last season.

'This group of women does a great job at training and competing at the highest level,' said WSU Head Coach Erica Quam. 'They are highly committed to both their sport and their majors. It is tremendous for them to be recognized for their accomplishments in the classroom because that is truly what they are here to do.'

To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and be a significant contributor.

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