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CSCAA Recognizes Crimson’s Work in the Classroom; Six Athletes Honored

CSCAA Division I Team Scholar All-American Spring 2009
CSCAA Division I 2009 Individual Scholar All-Americans
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Division I 2009 Honorable Mention Scholar All-Americans

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Led by Scholar All-American selections Alexandra Clarke and Kate Mills and four honorable mention selections, the Harvard women's swimming and diving team has been named as a Scholar All-American team, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America has announced.

Christine Kaufmann, Laura Murray, Katherine Pickard and Catherine Zagroba all garnered Scholar All-American honorable mention. The Crimson, which won the Ivy League and ECAC championships and finished the season ranked 25th in the nation, earned selection as a team with its 3.35 combined grade-point average, well above the qualifying mark of 3.00.

The CSCAA chooses Scholar All-Americans on the basis of their performances in the pool and classroom. To be selected to the All-American team, swimmers must qualify for the NCAA Championship meet and achieve a GPA of 3.50 or higher. Honorable mention selections, meanwhile, must achieve an NCAA provisional qualifying time and a 3.50 or higher GPA.

Clarke, a junior in 2008-09, and Mills, a sophomore, swam for Harvard at the NCAA Championships. Mills led the way by placing 23rd in the 200-yard butterfly, 37th in the 200 freestyle and 47th in the 500 free. Clarke finished 28th in the 1,650 free and 46th in the 500 free.

Mills and Clarke each set three individual school records in 2008-09. Mills contributed to two relay records, while Clarke had a hand in one. In the classroom, Clarke excelled as a history & literature concentrator while Mills stood out while concentrating in history of art and architecture.

Harvard's four honorable mention selections combined for seven All-Ivy League honors. Pickard, a sophomore psychology concentrator, contributed to Ivy titles in the 200 and 800 free relays and earned second-team All-Ivy status in the 400 individual medley and 400 free relay.

Kaufmann, a sophomore concentrating in history & science, placed second in the 1,000 free at the Ivy League Championships. Murray and Zagroba each helped Harvard to Ivy relay wins, Murray in the 200 free and Zagroba in the 800 free. Murray was a sophomore concentrating in psychology. As a freshman, Zagroba had not yet declared a concentration.

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