Smolcyzk, Kluth honored by ESPN The Magazine Jill Smolczyk and Emilie Kluth of The University South Dakota womenâ�?�?s swimming and diving team have been named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Womenâ�?�?s At-Large Team. The academic All-American team, which was announced by CoSIDA on Thursday, was determined by a vote of the nationâ�?�?s sports information directors. Smolczyk (Sr., Omaha, NE) was named to the first team while Kluth (Sr., Columbus, NE) was a third team selection on the college division squad. Smolczyk and Kluth helped lead the Coyote womenâ�?�?s swimming and diving squad to a ninth place team finish at the 2008 NCAA Division II nationals. They also were recently named to the Academic NCC Womenâ�?�?s At-Large squad and to the ESPN The Magazine District VII All District VII team. A six-time All-American, Smolczyk received 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.
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