UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. - What has already been a storied season for Richmond Swim & Dive continued on Wednesday when three Spiders were named to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference team. Junior Mina Vucic was selected to the squad for the second-consecutive year, while classmate Lauren Hines and sophomore Mali Kobelja earned their first all-academic honor.
Richmond was the lone league squad to have multiple student-athletes named to the academic all-conference squad, which was selected through a vote by the league's sports information directors. A full list of this year's honorees can be found below.
Hines (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley), a Sociology major, took gold in both the 100 and 200 back, turned in a third-place finish in the 50 free and was a member of the 200 and 400 medley relays that set new conference, school and facility records at this year's A-10 Championship. The 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier would then become the third All-American in program history with her 16th-place showing in the 100 back at this month's NCAA Championship. In addition to setting the school record in the 100 back prelims in Auburn, Hines would also post a new program mark in the 200 portion of the event at Nationals.
Following three A-10 Performer of the Week honors this season, Kobelja (Fort Wayne, Ind./R. Nelson Snider) collects all-academic accolades after racing to three individual wins at February's conference championship. The Biology/Pre-Med major reset her own 200 and 400 IM meet marks in addition to clocking a career-best finish in the 200 breast that now ranks second in the school annals. The Olympic Trials qualifier was a key member of the Spiders' four winning relays at the conference meet, including the record-setting 200 and 400 medley relay squads.
An Economics major, Vucic (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) earns her second-straight academic honor after touching in for seventh-place showings in the 50 and 100 free at the A-10 Championship. The junior sprinter also helped lead her 200 free relay squad to victory for the Spiders, who claimed their tenth conference title in 11 years in Buffalo a month ago. Vucic earned runner-up honors in both sprint free events in addition to helping key her 200 free relay squad to victory in Richmond's home-finale win over Rutgers in January.
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2012 Women's Academic All-Conference
McKenzie Courtney, St. Bonaventure
Molly Elkins, Massachusetts
Lauren Hines, Richmond
Mali Kobelja, Richmond
Katie Mangano, Rhode Island
Caroline Myers, George Washington
Brienne Ryan, Fordham
Courtney Shields, Xavier
Taylor Streid, Saint Louis
Mina Vucic, Richmond
Caitlin Zajko, Duquesne