2017 All-ACC Academic Women’s Swimming & Diving Team Announced

NC State’s Alexia Zevnik Named ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – NC State’s Alexia Zevnik has been named the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year and headlines the All-ACC Academic Women’s Swimming & Diving team. 

Zevnik, a biological sciences and business administration major from Lasalle, Canada, is a four-time All-ACC Academic team member. The senior collected three individual gold medals (100 back, 200 back and 200 individual medley) and she also swam on two medal winning relay squads, adding a gold medal in the 400 freestyle relay and a silver in the 800 freestyle relay. At the NCAA Championships, Zevnik was NC State’s top-scorer, earning two top-10 finishes. Adding to her achievements, she was voted the 2017 Most Valuable Women’s Swimmer at ACC Championships, is a three-time CSCAA Scholar All-American, earned All-America honors in four different events and was recently awarded an ACC Postgraduate Scholarship. 

Fifty-one student-athletes from all 15 institutions are represented on this year’s All-ACC Academic team, led by Louisville and Virginia with seven honorees each. NC State has six student-athletes, Florida State has five student-athletes, with Duke, Miami, and Virginia Tech have four recognitions apiece. North Carolina, Notre Dame and Pitt each have three student-athletes on the team, followed by Clemson and Georgia Tech with two selections. Rounding out the team is Boston College with one honoree. 

In addition to Zevnik, Wolfpack teammate Natalie Labonge and Virginia’s Kaitlyn Jones each earned their fourth career league academic accolade. Clemson’s Sarah Braun, Duke’s Leah Goldman and Maddie Rusch, North Carolina’s Abigail Fisher, Pitt’s Kinga Cichowska, Virginia’s Ellen Thomas and Virginia Tech’s Margaret Gruber were recognized for the third time in their careers.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports.

Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career for undergraduate students. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.

The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.


2017 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Scholar Athlete of the Year
Alexia Zevnik, NC State

2017 All-ACC Academic Swimming & Diving Team
Grace Kunkel, Sr., Finance and Operations, Boston College
# Sarah Braun, Sr., Elementary Education, Clemson
Danielle Reitsma, Sr., Health Science, Clemson
Hunter Aitchison, So., Neuroscience & Biology, Duke
# Leah Goldman, Jr., Psychology, Duke
# Maddie Rusch, Sr., Sociology, Duke
Ashleigh Shanley, Sr., Psychology, Duke
Ayla Bonniwell, Fr., Finance, Florida State
Molly Carlson, Fr., Psychology, Florida State
@ Cassidy Gebhart, So., Marketing, Florida State
Natalie Pierce, Jr., International Affairs, Florida State
Lydia Ware, Sr., Exercise Physiology, Florida State
Andrea Demick, Sr., Business Administration, Georgia Tech
Madeline Paschal, Sr., Business Administration, Georgia Tech
Andrea Acquista, Sr., Nursing, Louisville
@ Mallory Comerford, So., Marketing, Louisville
@ Andrea Cottrell, Sr., Exercise Science, Louisville
@ Abigail Houck, Sr., Sport Administration, Louisville
Grace Oglesby, Fr., Early Elementary Education, Louisville
@ Marah Pugh, Jr., Finance, Louisville
@ Alex Sellers, Sr., Bioengineering, Louisville
Angela Algee, Sr., Management, Miami
@ Wallace Layland, Jr., Sports Administration, Miami
Marcela Maric, So., Psychology, Miami
Julia Schippert, Sr., International Finance & Marketing, Miami
Caroline Baldwin, Jr., Exercise and Sport Science, North Carolina
# Abby Fisher, Sr., Nutrition, North Carolina
Caty Hulsey, Sr., Business Administration, North Carolina
Kayla Brumbaum, Sr., Communications, NC State
% Natalie Labonge, Sr., Communication & Foreign Language, NC State
Hannah Moore, Jr., Nutrition, NC State
Rachel Muller, Sr., Mathematics Education, NC State
Lotta Nevalainen, Sr., Communications and International Studies, NC State
% Alexia Zevnik, Sr., Biological Sciences & Business, NC State
Abigail Dolan, Fr., English, Notre Dame
Catherine Mulquin, Sr. Accountancy, Notre Dame
Erin Sheehan, Fr., Pre-Professional, Notre Dame
# Kinga Cichowska, Sr., Finance, Pitt
Katherine Fernander, Jr., Biological Sciences & Business, Pitt
@ Meme Sharp, Jr., Communication, Pitt
% Kaitlyn Jones, Sr., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia
Jennifer Marrkand, Jr., INTER-Media Studies, Virginia
# Shannon Rauth, Sr., Sociology, Virginia
Laura Simon, Sr., Psychology and Economics, Virginia
# Leah Smith, Sr., INTER-Media Studies, Virginia
@ Vivian Tafuto, So., Economics and Statistics, Virginia
# Ellen Thomas, Sr., INTER-Media Studies and Italian, Virginia
Caroline Buscaglia, Sr., Political Science, Virginia Tech 
# Maggie Gruber, Sr., Business Information Technology, Virginia Tech
@ Jessica Hespeler, Sr., Human Nutrition Food and Exercise, Virginia Tech
Ashlynn Peters, So., Business, Virginia Tech


@ – Two-time honoree
# - Three-time honoree
% - Four-time honoree