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Finnigan Earns Google Cloud Academic All-America Honor

June 14, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Alicia Finnigan was named to the Google Cloud Academic  All-America® Women's At-Large second team.

Alicia Finnigan was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Women's At-Large second team.

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Liberty junior swimmer Alicia Finnigan has been named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Women's At-Large second team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) today. Finnigan is the fifth Liberty female student-athlete to earn Academic All-America® at-large honors, and the first since field hockey player Serena Barr in 2017.

The Google Cloud Academic All-America® Women's At-Large program honors student-athletes in the following sports: beach volleyball, bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming & diving, tennis and water polo. A total of 45 student-athletes earned inclusion on the 2018 Academic All-America® Women's At-Large Team.

Finnigan is one of 35 members of the team to earn a 4.0 GPA or higher. In total, 10 swimming & diving student-athletes made the squad, headlined by five-time Olympic Gold Medalist Katie Ledecky of Stanford, who was named the Division I Women's At-Large Academic All-American of the Year.

Finnigan is the second Liberty swimmer to receive this award, and first since Natalie Beale was named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Women's At-Large second team.

A native of Sugar Land, Texas, Finnigan has received several major awards this season. She was named the 2018 Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) Women's Swimmer of the Year. She also received the NCAA's most prestigious academic award, the ELITE 90 Award, given to the one student-athlete at the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championship with the highest GPA. She carries a 4.0 GPA as an interdisciplinary studies major. Later this summer, she will be named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America team for the third time in her career.

A seven-time CCSA medalist, Finnigan made her second NCAA appearance in a row this season, competing in the 100 and 200 fly at the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. She swam 1:55.58 in the 200 fly at the NCAA meet, good for 20th place. Her lifetime-best 53.37 in the 100 fly placed 42nd overall at the NCAA Championships. For the second year in a row, Finnigan made three podium appearances at the CCSA Championships. She won the 200 fly in both 2017 and 2018. She punched her ticket to NCAA nationals with a program-record 1:55.33 in the 200 fly at the Liberty Last Chance Meet.