ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico’s Swimming and Diving program has made back-to-back news as they continue their trend of excellence in the classroom. Three individual student-athletes are further recognized for their academic achievements as they have recently earned the Spring 2014 CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America award.
This award is presented to individual college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester, or cumulative average, and have achieved a “B” time standard but did not compete in their national championship. Divers are eligible after participation in appropriate qualifying meets, zones, or NCAA preliminary rounds.
After only her first year of competing at the collegiate level, Kaela McKee made more than one academic milestone by earning the Spring 2014 CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America Award and held the 2nd highest GPA on UNM’s Swimming and Diving roster at a 3.92. She hails from Mill Creek, Wash. and is planning on majoring in Dental Hygiene.
Senior Jorgi Hobson and junior Caitlin Gardiner count as the second and third selections for the award as they totaled a 3.65 and 3.52 GPA, respectively. Hobson is a native from New Mexico who comes from Las Cruces, she is working to major in Political Science. Gardiner is an international swimmer from Cape Town, Western Cape and is majoring in Business Administration.
All three of the aforementioned swimmers also contributed towards New Mexico’s Swimming and Diving 2014 Spring Academic All-Mountain West Teams and 2014 Spring CSCAA Scholar All-America Teams Award.