Abby Myers Named Academic All-America
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- University of Kentucky swimmer Abby Myers was named to the Academic All-America Team, the latest in a long list of athletic and academic awards in the senior’s distinguished career.
A two-time All-America honoree in 2015, Myers was named to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women’s At-Large Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The team recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their collective athletic and academic accomplishments.
“Abby is the best representative of what a true student-athlete is,” UK head coach Lars Jorgensen said. She is one the hardest working athletes I’ve ever coached and a valuable leader in and out of the pool. Abby is tremendous in the classroom and in the community and leads team in community service hours. She is a super well-rounded person, and we are so proud of her.”
Myers is majoring in exercise science and has a 3.99 GPA. She was a two-time All-American in 2015 and a three-time All-American in her career. In her senior season, she posted times in five events that rank in the top 10 in team history, including contributing to two school-record relay times.
A Cranberry Township, Pa., native, Myers has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll all four years and the SEC Community Service Team twice. She was named to the Scholar All-America First Team in 2014 and the Honorable Mention team in 2012 by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). Myers was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team in May for the second consecutive season.
Myers is the fourth swimmer or diver to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America® honors in program history and the first since Dave Tweedie was named to the third team in 2001. Myers joins football punter Landon Foster and women’s soccer midfielder Stuart Pope as UK’s Academic All-Americans in 2014-15.
At the 2015 NCAA Championships, Myers competed in four events. She helped UK to a 15th-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay with a school record time of 3:33.94. In the 800 freestyle relay, Myers and UK placed 15th in 7:07.23, just shy of breaking the program record the relay team set earlier in the season. Myers also finished 17th in the 200 butterfly and 21st in the 100 butterfly.
Myers and the Wildcats placed 16th as a team, their best NCAA finish since 2007. At the SEC Championships, Myers notched four top-10 finishes, two coming on relay teams, both with school record times.
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