Three coyotes named to Academic All-NCC Womenâ�?�?s At-Large Team Jill Smolczyk, Emilie Kluth and Leita Rolfe of The University of South Dakota have been named to the 2007-08 Academic All-North Central Conference Womenâ�?�?s At-Large Team. The NCC announced its 12-member squad on Thursday. Smolczyk, Kluth and Rolfe are seniors who helped lead the Coyote womenâ�?�?s swimming and diving squad to a ninth place team finish at the 2008 NCAA Division II nationals. Smolczyk (Omaha, NE) was named to the academic all-league squad for the third straight year while Kluth (Columbus, NE) was honored for the second straight season. This is Rolfeâ�?�?s (Newcastle, WY) first selection to the academic team. All three USD student-athletes have also been named to the NCC Commissionerâ�?�?s Academic Honor Roll for three straight years. A six-time All-American in womenâ�?�?s swimming and diving, Smolczyk was selected to receive a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship this spring. In March, she was named the NCAA Division II Womenâ�?�?s Diver of the Year after winning a national title in 1-meter diving and finishing second on the 3-meter board at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships. Smolczyk, who has a 3.833 GPA in psychology, won the 1-meter and 3-meter diving titles at the NCC Championships. She was named the NCC Womenâ�?�?s Diver of the Year for the second consecutive season. Throughout her career, Smolczyk won four NCC diving titles and set five school records. A member of the swimming and diving programâ�?�?s Unity Council, she was named to the ESPN The Magazine Womenâ�?�?s Academic All District VII At Large Squad in 2007. This spring, she received a SAAC Courage Award and was named USDâ�?�?s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Kluth was also the recipient of a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship this spring. A two-time All-American in diving, she finished fourth in 1-meter diving at the 2008 swimming and diving national meet. She has also received two honorable mention All-American honors while qualifying for nationals all four years of her competitive career at USD. An English major, she has a 3.841 GPA and served as the Co-President for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in 2007-08. Kluth was the recipient of a Coyote Character Award at the 2008 Student Awards Ceremony. Rolfe, who owns a 3.38 GPA in English/secondary education, earned seven All-American honors at USD. Named the 2008 NCC Co-Swimmer of the Meet, she won three individual titles (200 breaststroke, 200 IM, 400 IM) and also swam on the record-breaking 400-medley relay at the NCC Championship. During the NCAA Division II nationals, Rolfe earned four All-American awards, including three individual honors (400 IM, second; 200 IM, seventh; 200 breaststroke, eighth). Rolfe, who also has received 12 honorable mention All-American honors, is also a member of the Swimming and Diving Teamâ�?�?s Unity Council.
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