Jayhawks Miller and Swank Honored by Big 12

April 12, 2013

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas freshman Chelsie Miller and senior captain Rebecca Swank took home All-Big 12 Honors for the first time in program history, when they were announced Friday afternoon by the Conference office.

Miller, a Houston, Texas native, was honored as the Conference’s Newcomer of the Year and Swank, a member of the Academic All-Big 12 First Team, was named the league’s inaugural Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Miller and Swank are the first Jayhawks in program history to pick up All-Big 12 honors.

“These are two well deserved honors,” Kansas head coach Clark Campbell said. “Rebecca (Swank) works so hard in the classroom in a demanding major and in the pool as a distance swimmer. She earned every bit of the honor. Chelsie was one of our top athletes all year and is developing into one of the team leaders. We can’t wait to see her improvement over the next three years.”

Miller closed out the season by making her debut at the Big 12 Championships, where she picked up three top-five finishes and set season-best times in the 400-yard IM (4:15.01, second), the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:26.33, fourth) and the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.66, fourth). Miller was named Newcomer of the Meet at the conclusion of the meet.

Swank earned the league’s first Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, sharing the honor with West Virginia’s Liam McLaughlin. Nominees must be a junior or senior in athletic and academic standings, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2, participation in at least 60 percent of the team’s scheduled contests, and a minimum of one year in residence at the institution in order to qualify. Swank, a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree, holds a 3.8 GPA and is a double major in accounting and marketing.

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