Smith becomes first female CoSIDA Academic All-America at-large selection in school history

Smith becomes first female CoSIDA Academic All-America at-large selection in school history

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AUSTIN, Texas - Carson-Newman women's swimmer Nancy Claire Smith (Franklin, Tenn.) has been named to the  2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II At-Large second team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Wednesday at noon.

Smith becomes Carson-Newman's first ever female selection to the at-large team, which includes athletes who participate in swimming, golf, lacrosse, ice hockey, tennis, bowling, field hockey, rifle, gymnastics and water polo. 

She carries a flawless 4.0 GPA.

Men's tennis player Preston Sneed made the men's third team in the at-large program in 2007.  

Smith becomes Carson-Newman's 22nd Academic All-American, and joins softball player Elayna Siebert as athletes honored by the organization this academic year.  

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.


Sport                  Name                            School                                      Yr.     Hometown                           GPA  Major

Swimming          Monica Amaral             West Florida                            Jr.      Rio De Janeiro, Brazil         3.96   Building Construction

Swimming          Vika Arkhipova            Wingate                                    Sr.     Seversk, Russia                   3.90   Marketing

Field Hockey     Kayla Bixler                  Millersville                                Sr.     Holtwood, Pa.                      3.98   Chemistry

Tennis                Rebecca Bruning (2)   Anderson (S.C.)                      Jr.      Athens, Ga.                          4.00   Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Swimming          Thalie Carmigniani     Lynn                                         Sr.     Tours, France                      3.99   Bus. Admin. (U) / Fin. Valuation &

                                                                                                                                                                                      Inv. (G)

Golf                     Marie Coors (2)           Saint Leo                                  Jr.      Gross-Zimmern, Germany 4.00   Economics

Tennis                Diana Cotoros             West Virginia State                  Sr.     Chisinau, Moldova              4.00   Business Management

Swimming          Kelsey Gouge              Florida Southern                     Sr.     Snellville, Ga.                      3.89   Sports Management

Ice Hockey         Nicole Hensley (2) (%)   Lindenwood                        Sr.     Lakewood, Colo.                 4.00   Exercise Science

Gymnastics        Maria Hundley (1) (@) Seattle Pacific                          Sr.     Littleton, Colo.                     3.70   Psychology

Tennis                Patricia Husakova       Northeastern State                  Sr.     Trencin, Slovakia                3.94   Health & Human Performance

Swimming          Hannah Loesch (3)     Wayne State (Mich.)                Sr.     Pensacola, Fla.                    3.89   English (Honors)

Swimming          Hannah Mattar (1)       Ashland                                    Sr.     Lake Orion, Mich.                3.98   Hospitality Management

Swimming          Rebecca Matthews      Lynn                                         Gr.     Montpellier, France             3.92   Applied Psych. (MS) / MBA / Sports


Golf                     Kasey Petty                  Findlay                                     Sr.     Groveport, Ohio                  3.91 Early Childhood Education



Sport                  Name                            School                                      Yr.     Hometown                           GPA  Major

Skiing                 Nichole Bathe              Alaska Fairbanks                     Jr.      Madison, Wis.                     3.76   Elementary Education

Tennis                Jamie Lee Denton       St. Mary's (Texas)                    Sr.     San Angelo, Texas              3.95   English

Tennis                Marija Dimitrovska (3) Texas A&M-Kingsville             Sr.     Skopje, Macedonia             4.00   Industrial Management

Golf                     Caroline Fredensborg    Arkansas Tech                    So.    Roskilde, Denmark             4.00   Broadcast Journalism

Tennis                Franziska Funke          Tusculum                                  So.    Bochum, Germany              4.00   Psychology

Tennis                Saioa Gomez De Segura   Mercyhurst                           So.    Vitoria, Spain                       4.00   Business

Lacrosse            Jacqueline Jahelka     Adelphi                                     Jr.      Garden City, N.Y.                3.84   Education

Golf                     Calley Lawson (3)       Tusculum                                  Sr.     Gaithersburg, Md.               4.00   Elementary Education / Special Edu.

Tennis                Cristina Lopez (3)        St. Mary's (Texas)                    Sr.     San Antonio, Texas            3.88   Accounting

Swimming          Elly Maleski (2) (@)     Wayne State (Mich.)                Sr.     Cedar, Mich.                        3.64   Biomedical Engineering (Honors)

Water Polo         Courtney Miller (3)      UC San Diego                          Sr.     Honolulu, Hawai'i                3.79   Cognitive Science (Neuroscience


Lacrosse            Maggie Monnat           Le Moyne                                 Sr.     Baldwinsville, N.Y.              3.96   Biology                                        

Swimming          Lauren Slayton            Clarion                                     Sr.     White Lake, Mich.                3.88   Athletic Training

Swimming          Nancy Claire Smith     Carson-Newman                     Jr.      Franklin, Tenn.                    4.00   Chemistry

Swimming          Sarah Zerfoss              Clarion                                     Sr.     Shavertown, Pa.                  3.50   Communications / PR



Sport                  Name                            School                                      Yr.     Hometown                           GPA  Major

Field Hockey     Anna Behm                  Kutztown                                   Sr.     Kutztown, Pa.                       3.47   Leisure & Sport Studies

Tennis                Marine Beugre-Guyot  Saint Leo                                  Jr.      Brou Sur Chantereine, France        3.96                     Biology

Crew                   Rosie Boncheva          Barry                                         Sr.     Sofia, Bulgaria                     3.70   Psychology

Swimming          Jaimie Bryan                UC San Diego                          Jr.      Paradise Valley, Ariz.          3.60   Physiology / Neuroscience

Field Hockey     Molly Cuevas               Adelphi                                     Sr.     San Jose, Calif.                   3.71   Sport Management

Golf                     Mikaela Hadaway        Wingate                                    Jr.      Kettering, Ohio                    4.00   Psychology

Lacrosse            Bridget Hufnagel         Millersville                                Sr.     Lancaster, Pa.                      3.80   Social Work

Tennis                Lindsay Nochowicz    Midwestern State                     Sr.     Powder Springs, Ga.          4.00   Economics

Golf                     Becky Koepp               SW Minnesota State                Sr.     Belle Plaine, Minn.              4.00   Exercise Science

Gymnastics        Christine Liautaud       Bridgeport                                Jr.      Cary, Ill.                                3.88   Business Administration

Field Hockey     Sarah Morse                Stonehill                                   Jr.      Westminster, Mass.             3.76   Finance

Field Hockey     Ally Roth                      East Stroudsburg                     Sr.     Scotrun, Pa.                         3.50   Exercise Science

Swimming          Rikki Sargent               Shippensburg                          Sr.     Olney, Md.                           3.98   Psychology (Honors Program)

Swimming          Dari Watkins                UC San Diego                          Sr.     Seal Beach, Calif.                3.39   Psychology

Tennis                Jill Wetmore                 Lewis                                        Sr.     Ottawa, Ill.                            4.00   Air Traffic Ctrl & Transport Mgmt.


Academic All-America® of the Year:  Maria Hundley, Seattle Pacific


(1) - CoSIDA Academic All-America(R) First Team selection in 2015

(2) - CoSIDA Academic All-America(R) Second Team selection in 2015

(3) - CoSIDA Academic All-America(R) Third Team selection in 2015

(@) - CoSIDA Academic All-America(R) Second Team selection in 2014

(%) - COSIDA Academic All-America(R) Third Team selection in 2014