NK’s Elizabeth Beisel Named Academic All-America Woman of the Year

Ken Bell

kbell@abc6.com

Florida Gators news release…

2013 SEC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and NCAA Champion in
the 400 IM, Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.), was named the 2013
Capital One Women's Academic All-America of the Year for the At-Large
division as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of
America (CoSIDA). She becomes just the 11th Gator in school history and
the first UF swimmer to earn the distinction.

 

Along
with being named Academic All-America of the Year, Beisel was also
selected to the first-team for the second straight season. She joins
Tracy Caulkins as the only two in women's swimming and diving history to
be named to the first team in consecutive seasons. Beisel became the
first two-time selection under current UF head coach Gregg Troy.

 

The
announcement marks the fifth consecutive season that a member of the
Florida women's swimming and diving team has been named an Academic
All-American as Beisel was first team in 2012, Teresa Crippen
(Conshohocken, Pa.) was named to the district team in 2011 and third
team in 2010 and Gemma Spofforth (West Sussex, England) was named to the
district team in 2009.

 

The
telecommunications major, who has carried a 3.63 GPA during her career,
led the Gators to a sixth place finish at the 2013 NCAA Women's
Swimming and Diving Championships. There she secured her second
individual NCAA Championship of her career after touching the wall first
with a 4:00.49 swim in the 400 IM. Beisel collected five All-America
honors, all first team at the NCAA meet to give her 14 for her career.
She finished in the top-five in all three individual events, taking
first in the 400 IM, third in the 200 back and fifth in the 200 IM.

 

Beisel
also won two SEC titles this season as she became the three-time
defending champion in both the 400 IM and 200 back at the SEC Swimming
and Diving Championships. She was awarded the SEC Commissioner's Trophy
for high point winner for the second straight year. She joined Gemma
Spofforth as the only female Gator to win the trophy twice. Beisel led
Florida with 21 individual victories as she gathered wins in eight
different events during the 2012-13 season.

 

The
Gators also had to men make the 2013 Capital One Men's At-Large
Academic All-America, as senior Cameron Martin (Clearwater, Fla.) was
named to the second team and junior Brad deBorde (Longwood, Fla.) was
named to the third team.

 

The
at-large team for the Capital One Academic All-America® program
includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse,
rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and
women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and
wrestling for men.