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Liberty Swimming & Diving Earns CSCAA Scholar All-America Awards

June 30, 2015  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty Swimming & Diving Earns CSCAA Scholar All-America Awards

CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Awards

CSCAA Individual Scholar All-Americans

Liberty swimming & diving continues to excel in the classroom, being listed among the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team recipients for the spring 2015 semester. Additionally, four Lady Flames have been named CSCAA Individual Scholar All-Americans.

Liberty had four Scholar All-Americans, in seniors Meghan Babcock and Cori Gary, along with junior Kendall Hough and sophomore Victoria Tschoke. All four swimmers received honorable mention.

The Individual Scholar All-America award is given to college swimmers and divers who have earned a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher, and have qualified for and competed at the national championship. Honorable mention is given to college swimmers and divers with a 3.5 GPA or higher who attained a "B" standard but were not invited to the national championship.

An exercise science major from Pfafftown, N.C., Babcock earned her third straight Scholar All-America award, after receiving honorable mention in 2013 and first-team laurels in 2014. Babcock swam an NCAA B cut 22.97 during preliminary heats of the 50 free at the 2015 CCSA Championships. She posted three A Finals finishes at the conference meet, including a fourth-place showing in the 200 free. Babcock also anchored four CCSA runner-up relays in 2015.

Hough, a social sciences major from Woodbridge, Va., receives her second Scholar All-America honor in a row after being named to the first team in 2014. She earned podium finishes in the CCSA 50 free (3rd), 100 free (3rd) and 100 back (2nd). Hough broke the program record with an NCAA B cut time of 53.98 in the 100 back, placing second at the conference meet. She also clocked a B cut 22.93 during conference qualifying for the 50 free.

Gary, hailing from San Antonio, Texas, majors in communications studies: broadcasting. She capped her career by swimming an NCAA B cut in the 50 free for the third time in her career. Gary clocked an NCAA B cut 22.87 during qualifying heats for the 50 free at the CCSA Championships before tying for fifth in the A Final. She added an eighth-place finish in the 100 free at the conference meet, while also swimming on Liberty's runner-up 200 free relay.

Tschoke, an exercise science major from Apex, N.C., earns her first Scholar All-America award. She had a standout sophomore campaign, placing fourth at the CCSA Championships in the 100 back, 200 back and 200 individual medley. She clocked NCAA B cuts in the 100 back (54.89) and 200 back (1:58.39) at the conference meet, joining Hough as the two Lady Flames to post B cuts in multiple events this season.

The CSCAA released its Scholar All-America Team awards, as a record number of programs earned the honor this semester. Over 600 college and university swimming & diving teams spanning NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA, obtained a qualifying GPA of 3.0 or better during the spring of 2015. A total of 83 percent of all NCAA Division I swimming & diving programs received the award this semester.

Liberty earned a cumulative team GPA of 3.30 during the spring of 2015. Liberty is one of seven Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) teams to appear on the most recent Scholar All-America Team list.

The Lady Flames have now earned CSCAA academic honors as a team during each of the past eight semesters, dating back to the fall of 2011.