BLACKSBURG, Va. - Seniors Jessica Botzum and Jurrian van der Vaart along with juniors Sara Smith and Drew Weaver were named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III at-large team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Botzum garnered first team honors, while the other three Hokies earned their first career nod on the second team.
A 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American, Jessica Botzum (Raleigh, N.C.) earned her second straight first-team all-district selection and will now be eligible to be selected for the 2008 Academic All-American team. She concluded her Tech career in March at the NCAA Championships with an ACC record swim to earn her fifth-career All-America honor. Also a two-time ACC Swimmer of the Year and ACC post-graduate scholarship recipient, Botzum recently graduated with a degree in biology.
Swimmer Sara Smith (McGaheysville, Va.) earned a second-team honor on the women's at-large team after concluding her best season yet as a Hokie. A 2007 All-American, Smith proved to be the fastest swimmer in the ACC this year as she won both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle titles while also helping Botzum and the 200 medley relay team finish first. She would then go to the NCAA Championships and break a 10-year-old conference record in the 50 free to earn All-America honorable mention honors in the event. A two-time ACC All-Academic team honoree, Smith is currently majoring in biology.
Golfer Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, The Netherlands) earned his first second-team selection after becoming the first Hokie to earn All-ACC honors as he tied for eighth in the 2008 ACC Men's Golf Championship. Last weekend, he finished tied-for-sixth at the NCAA Men's East Regional to earn his first berth to the NCAA Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., May 28-31. A two-time All-ACC Academic team honoree, van der Vaart is currently finishing his degree in environmental science.
His teammate, Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.), also earned his first career nod after receiving an invitation to compete in the 2008 Masters Tournament as a result of winning the 2007 British Amateur Championship. He earned an exemption with the victory at the 2007 British Open Championship at Carnoustie, missing the cut by just two strokes. An All-ACC Academic team honoree, he recently finished in 23rd place at the ACC Championships and a tie-for-58th at the NCAA East Regional. He is majoring in marketing.
To be nominated, the student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her career. A student-athlete is not eligible until he/she has reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution. In the cases of transfers, graduate students and junior college graduates, the athlete must have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution to be eligible.
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