GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Kelly deMarrais, juniors Sarah Milton and Lauren Ritter and sophomore Cara Murnan have been named to the 2010 Women’s All-ACC Academic Team among the league’s 38 selected athletes, as announced by the conference on Tuesday.
Candidates for All-ACC Academic team members must have earned a 3.0 GPA for the fall semester and maintained a 3.0 for the careers, with selection based on athletic merit.
deMarrais, a communications major from Bernardsville, N.J., and the only Hokie senior selected, posted respective 48th and 56th-place finishes in the 200 and 500 freestyles at the NCAA Championships and helped the 800 freestyle relay team to a 10th-place finish, earning honorable mention All-America accolades. She helped the women clinch an NCAA qualifying bid in the 800 freestyle relay with a second-place finish at the ACC Championships in a school record time of 7:06.93. She also posted two top-10 finishes at the conference championships, taking fifth in the 200 free and 10th in the 500 free, while adding a 15th-place finish in the 100 freestyle. deMarrais posted five titles in the 200 freestyle throughout the season.
Milton, an industrial systems engineering major, posted a memorable junior season as one of the H2Okies’ top divers, earning ACC Athlete of the Week honors on two occasions. The Plano, Texas, native scored season-best performances in the one- and three-meter events, breaking her own school record in the three-meter event with a score of 337.80. She placed third in the preliminary round and eighth-overall in the three-meter event at the ACC Championships.
Ritter, a psychology major from Sterling, Va., had a breakout season and posted three top-50 finishes at the NCAA Championships. Ritter placed 30th in the 500 free, 35th in the 1650 free and 47th in the 200 free, and joined deMarrais in helping the women to a 10th-place finish and honorable mention All-American accolades in the 800 freestyle relay. In addition to swimming a school-record finish in a runner-up performance in the 800 freestyle relay at the ACC Championships, Ritter took fourth in the 500 free, ninth in the 1650 free and 13th in the 200 free among all conference contenders.
Hailing from Great Falls, Va., Murnan, who studies political science, is the only Hokie to be named to the All-ACC Academic team for the second-straight year. She led the women with a fifth-place finish in the three-meter event at the Zone A Diving Championships and also placed sixth in the platform event. She collected respective 15th- and 16th-place finishes in the three-meter and one-meter events at the ACC Championships.
The women finished the season ranked No. 18 nationally and took 24th at the NCAA Championships in March.
2010 All-ACC Academic Women’s Swimming & Diving Team
Name Yr. Major School
Meg Anderson Fr. Pre-Business Clemson
Meredith Bannon @ Sr. Mathematics Duke
Shannon Beall @^ Sr. Psychology Duke
Julie Brummond $ Sr. Philosophy Duke
Abby Johnston @^ So. Psychology Duke
Ashley Twichell #^ Jr. Psychology Duke
Katherine Adham @^ Jr. Management/Marketing Florida State
Marissa Harrington Fr. Business Florida State
Holly Mills Jr. History Florida State
Aleia Monden @^ Sr. Exercise Science Florida State
Kristine Polley Fr. Exercise Science Florida State
Jaq Schroeder Sr. Criminology Florida State
Katie Sirounis @^ Sr. Marketing/Management Florida State
Stevi Steinhauer Sr. Sport Management Florida State
Hannah Krimm $ Sr. Psychology Georgia Tech
Agatha Kwasnik @ Sr. Biomedical Engineering Georgia Tech
Annie Fittin ^ Jr. Education Maryland
Alex Hamilton So. Communications Maryland
Katura Harvey #^ Jr. Journalism & Mass Comm./ Int’l Studies North Carolina
Katie Nolan ^ Fr. Undecided North Carolina
Marie Pesacreta So. Business Administration/Dramatic Arts North Carolina
Sarah Tanner So. History North Carolina
Patrice Dason Sr. Nutrition Science NC State
Marifrances Henley Fr. First-Year College NC State
Katya Bachrouche ^ Jr. Psychology Virginia
Mei Christensen !#^ Sr. Psychology Virginia
Kelly Flynn ^ Fr. Undecided Virginia
Ellen Freeman # Jr. Kinesiology Virginia
Jenna Harris @ Sr. Commerce Virginia
Katherine McDonnell ^ Sr. Psychology Virginia
Kristen Moores @ Jr. Foreign Affairs Virginia
Jen Narum @^ Sr. Foerigh Affairs/German Virginia
Christine Olson ^ Fr. Undecided Virginia
Liz Shaw @^ Jr. Psychology Virginia
Kelly deMarrais Sr. Communications Virginia Tech
Sarah Milton Jr. Industrial Systems Engineering Virginia Tech
Cara Murnan @ So. Political Science Virginia Tech
Lauren Ritter Jr. Psychology Virginia Tech
! denotes 2010 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year
@ denotes two-time honoree
# denotes three-time honoree
$ denotes four-time honoree
^ denotes 2010 All-ACC team member
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