Smith rakes in Academic All-District honor from CoSIDA

Smith rakes in Academic All-District honor from CoSIDA

VIDEO: Nancy Claire Smith from Oxford

AUSTIN, Texas – Carson-Newman swimmer Nancy Claire Smith (Franklin, Tenn.) has been lauded with a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large team, the organization announced Thursday at noon.

"I'm so grateful to for all the opportunities I've had at Carson-Newman, both academically and athletically," Smith said. "I'm so thankful for the opportunity I had to swim at nationals as well as the opportunity to study abroad this summer at Oxford."

Smith was an All-American in the 800 Free Relay and earned honorable mention All-America honors in the 200 Free Relay.

She won Carson-Newman's first-ever Elite 90 Award at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships for having the highest GPA at the championship site. 

Smith reset the school record as a member of the 800 Free Relay with a time of 7:25.29. 

The Franklin, Tenn.-native won three events during her junior season, the 200 Breast against the University of the Cumberlands, as well as the 400 Free and 400 Free Relay against King and Emory & Henry.

In the at-large program, District III includes schools affiliated with the South Atlantic Conference, the Conference Carolinas and the Peach Belt Conference. Smith will advance to the national ballot for the opportunity to make one of the three Academic All-America teams. The at-large team includes athletes who participate in swimming, golf, lacrosse, ice hockey, tennis, bowling, field hockey, rifle, gymnastics and water polo. 


NCAA DIVISION II (Conference Carolinas, Peach Belt, South Atlantic)


Sport                  Name                               School                                             Yr.     Hometown                     GPA    Major

Swimming        Vika Arkhipova               WINGATE                                        Sr.     Seversk, Russia             3.90    Marketing

Tennis                Sarah Baker                   TUSCULUM                                   Jr.      Marietta, Ga.                   3.84    Pre-veterinary medicine

Tennis                Rebecca Bruning           ANDERSON (SC)                          Jr.      Athens, Ga.                     4.00    Biological & biomedical sciences

Tennis                Diana DiMarco               YOUNG HARRIS                            Sr.     Alpharetta, Ga.               3.97    History

Lacrosse           Savannah Elliott            TUSCULUM                                   So.    Oshawa, Ontario            3.93    Psychology

Tennis                Franziska Funke            TUSCULUM                                   So.    Bochum, Germany        4.00    Psychology

Golf                    Meridith Hawkins           CARSON-NEWMAN                     Sr.     Powell, Tenn.                 3.97    Biology

Golf                    Mikaela Hadaway         WINGATE                                        Jr.      Kettering, Ohio               4.00    Psychology

Tennis                Tara Lamers                   NEWBERRY (SC)                          Sr.     Maastricht, Netherlands 3.95    Mathematics

Golf                    Calley Lawson               TUSCULUM                                   Sr.     Gaithersburg, Md.          4.00    Elementary education / special ed.

Tennis                Carlotta Nassi                QUEENS (NC)                               So.    Livorno, Italy                   3.86    Communications & sports mgmt.

Swimming        Nancy Claire Smith       CARSON-NEWMAN                     Jr.      Franklin, Tenn.               4.00    Chemistry

Tennis                Diana Stomlega            ARMSTRONG STATE                   Jr.      Peniscola, Spain           3.90    Nursing

Tennis                Elizabeth Williamson    NEWBERRY (SC)                          Jr.      Canterbury, New Zealand           4.00        Biology