๐Ÿ“š Twenty Jayhawks Earn Academic All-Big 12 Honors

LAWRENCE, Kan. –ย The Big 12 conference announced the 2020 Academic All-Big 12 Swimming and Diving Team on Tuesday, and 20 Jayhawks were selected as first and second-team honorees.

First-team honorees include senior Haley Downey and sophomores Kate Steward, Greta Olsen and Kaitlyn Witt who were four of the 10 women’s student-athletes who registered a 4.0 grade point average (GPA).

A total of 129 student-athletes were recognized for their academic achievements, with 87 of them coming from the five women’s programs.

Academic All-Big 12 First Team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA. To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their teamโ€™s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

"Our team works very hard in the classroom and it shows with our All-Big 12 Academic Team selections. We look forward to starting the Big 12 Championships in the pool."

Head Coach Clark Campbell

Academic All-Big 12 First Team

Elizabeth Amato-Hanner (Sr.) Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Crissie Blomquist (Jr.) Health & Physical Education
Dewi Blose (So.) Management & Leadership
Katie Callahan (So.) Computer Science
Claire Campbell (So.) Exercise Science
Peri Charapich (Sr.) Exercise Science
Haley Downey (Sr. & 4.0 GPA) Exercise Science
Ellie Flanagan (Jr.) Accounting
Alison Grass (So.) Exercise Science
Manon Manning (Jr.) Business Administration
Jenny Nusbaum (Sr.) Exercise Science
Greta Olsen (So. & 4.0 GPA) Chemical Engineering
Paige Riekhof (So.) Elementary Education
Katy Schlies (Sr.) Strategic Communications
Caroline Schultz (Jr.) Management & Leadership
Kate Steward (So. 4.0 GPA) Elementary Education
Carly Straight (Sr.) Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology
Libby Walker (Sr.) MSJ Digital Content Strategy
Kaitlyn Witt (So. & 4.0 GPA) Mechanical Engineering

Academic All-Big 12 Second Team

Lauryn Parrish (Jr.) Communication Studies

This announcement comes three weeks after KU was selected to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team for the fall 2019 semester for the 35th-consecutive semester. KU finished the fall semester with a department leading 3.64 team GPA, which ranked 18th nationally amongst Division I womenโ€™s programs, and first in the Big 12 Conference.

Next up for Kansas, the team will begin its postseason competition with the Big 12 Championships in Morgantown, W.Va. Feb. 26-29.