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Beale Named an At-Large Academic All-American

June 9, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Natalie Beale was named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Women’s At-Large second team.

Natalie Beale was named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Women's At-Large second team.

Official CoSIDA Release

Liberty senior swimmer Natalie Beale has been voted to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Women's At-Large second team, presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Beale is the first Liberty swimmer to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America® honors.

The at-large women's team included athletes from the following sports: beach volleyball, bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, swimming & diving, tennis and water polo. A total of 46 student-athletes earned inclusion on the 2016 Academic All-America® Division I Women's At-Large team. Beale is one of 26 recipients to earn a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Beale is the third Liberty student-athlete all-time to receive Academic All-America At-Large honors, and first since track & field athlete Cathy Williams was named to the third team in 1999.

Earlier this month, Beale received the prestigious George A. Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence from the Big South Conference. She carries a 4.0 GPA as an exercise science: pre-professional major. Additional, she will receive CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention this year. Beale is also a two-time CCSA All-Academic team member.

She had a breakout meet at the 2016 CCSA Championships, setting a program record while placing second in the 200 freestyle with an NCAA B cut time of 1:47.97. Beale additionally earned fourth-place finishes in the 100 butterfly and 200 backstroke at the 2016 conference meet. She also ranks third in program history in both the 200 backstroke (1:59.43) and 100 butterfly (54.73). A transfer from Army West Point, she still holds Army's program records in the 100 and 200 backstroke.