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    Twenty-nine members of the West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have been named to the 2019 Academic All-Big 12 Swimming and Diving Team, the conference announced on Tuesday.

    The Mountaineer men’s team had 16 members on the academic team, as Jacob Cardinal Tremblay (physics), Brandon Christian (management), Drew Damich (civil engineering), Philip Kay (aerospace engineering), Caleb Keck (nursing), Ryan Kelly (mathematics), Matthew Marsh (biology), Jack Portmann (accounting), Jake Preaskorn (accounting), Angelo Russo (finance) and Jake Williams (exercise physiology) were named first-team selections.

    Jack Frazier (psychology), Max Gustafson (mining engineering), Denys Kostromin (geography), Sam Neaveill (global supply chain management) and Austin Smith (multidisciplinary studies) were named to the second team.

    For the WVU women, 13 student-athletes, including 12 first-team selections, were recognized by the conference for their academic success. Marah Bieger (accounting), Julia Calcut (nursing), Kayla Gagnon (journalism), Lexi Glassmire (exercise physiology), Giselle Gursoy (public health), Averly Hobbs (social work), Miranda Marcucci (biology), Alex Pampalone (biology), Callie Smith (forensic and investigative science), Ally VanNetta (electrical engineering), Madelyn Woods (mathematics) and Brooke Zedar (animal and nutritional sciences) reached the first team, while Emma Harris (international studies) was named to the second team.

    Bieger and Gagnon were nominated with 4.00 grade-point averages, becoming two of just six Big 12 swimmers and divers to accomplish the feat.

    “I continue to be very impressed at our team’s work ethic and commitment in the classroom,” WVU coach Vic Riggs said. “We’ve always put a major emphasis on the importance of education in this program, and I’m proud to see that continue with the group’s efforts again this year.”

    In all, 129 honorees were recognized by the Big 12, including 43 members on the men’s team and 86 on the women’s team.

    The first team consists of those who have maintained a 3.20 GPA or higher, while second-team honorees hold a GPA of 3.00-3.19.

    To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 20 percent of their team’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.

    The Mountaineers return to action at the 2019 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship, from Feb. 27-March 2, in Austin, Texas.

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