Academic All-District Teams Liberty senior swimmer Alicia Finnigan has been named to the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District III Women's At-Large Team®, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) today. This is Finnigan's second straight year receiving this honor.
As a result of her inclusion on the academic all-district team, Finnigan will now appear on the ballot for the 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-America Team®. The first-, second- and third-team Academic All-America honorees will be announced on June 21.
The Google Cloud Academic All-District 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.
Finnigan is one of two Liberty swimmers to receive this award all-time and the first multiple-time recipient. Natalie Beale was named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Women's At-Large second team, an award that Finnigan claimed in 2018.
A native of Sugar Land, Texas, Finnigan is a highly-decorated student-athlete. She was recently voted the winner of Liberty's Rock Royer/Mac Rivera Award. Finnigan 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 graduated with her Bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies last Saturday with a 4.0 GPA. Later this summer, she will be named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America team for the fourth time in her career.
Finnigan set a program record with 10 career CCSA podium appearances, including three straight victories at the conference championships in the 200 fly. A two-time NCAA participant, Finnigan concluded her career as the program's record holder in the 200 fly (1:55.58). She also scored three times at USA Swimming national meets, including a program-best fifth-place finish in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2018 USA Swimming Winter National Championships. A 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant, she has already qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials.
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