(Source: BG Sports Information)
Bowling Green State University swimming standout Jen Beatty has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Women's At-Large Team, it was announced Thursday (June 6) afternoon. Beatty was named to the second team, earning that honor for the second consecutive year.
Beatty becomes the first student-athlete in the history of the BGSU women's swimming program to earn the Academic All-America® honor on multiple occasions.
The fifth-year senior, a native of Indiana, Pa. (Indiana Senior H.S.), recorded several BGSU top-ten times at the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championships, swimming a career-best 1:51.35 in the 200 freestyle prelims. Beatty also swam a career-best time of 2:03.91 in the 200 backstroke in the prelims at the conference meet. She swam the third leg of the Falcons' 800 freestyle relay, which set a season-best time of 7:23.87 to finish third at the MAC event. In her career, Beatty is ranked among the top-ten in school history in no fewer than six events.
Beatty was named to the Academic All-MAC team last month, earning that honor for the third consecutive season. She became the first BGSU swimmer in program history to be named to the Academic All-MAC first team three times.
Beatty also earned Capital One Academic All-District® First-Team honors last month, making her eligible for Academic All-America® consideration.
In the classroom, Beatty maintains a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade-point average as an physical education teacher education major.
Beatty's 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Women's At-Large Team honor marks the fourth such accolade in program history. Only Jen Jarjosa (2001) and Jessica Guiness (2005) had earned that honor -- with both earning second-team recognition -- prior to Beatty's back-to-back second-team awards in 2012 and '13.
The Capital One Academic All-Academic® Men's and Women's At-Large Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One became the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All-America teams programs in 2011.
This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and doubles the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
The at-large team for the Capital One Academic All-America® program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 18,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.