Virginia's Mei Christensen Named 2010 ACC Women's Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year

April 13, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C.--Virginia senior Mei Christensen was named the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year and headlines a list of 38 swimming & diving student-athletes selected to the ACC Women's Swimming & Diving All-ACC Academic Team, announced today by Commissioner John Swofford. Candidates for scholar-athlete of the year must have maintained a grade-point-average of 3.0 for each of the last two semesters and for their careers, while 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.

Christensen, who earned her second consecutive ACC Women's Swimmer of the Year honor last month, was a seven-time All-ACC and five-time All-American performer this season. She won both the 100 (52.09) and 200-yard (1:52.98) backstrokes at February's ACC Women's Swimming & Diving Championship, took third in the 50-yard freestyle (22.49), and swam the lead leg on four winning relay teams. At last month's NCAA championship, the Reston, Va., native finished in fourth and fifth place in the 100 (52.12) and 200-yard (1:52.75) backstrokes, respectively, and again swam the lead leg on the 400-yard medley relay team that placed fifth (3:33.28), as well as the 200 (1:29.51) and 400-yard (3:17.52) freestyle relays teams that each came in eighth. Christensen, a psychology major, served as team captain for 2009-10 and was selected for the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, a postgraduate scholarship granted by the conference.

Also highlighting the All-ACC Academic team is Diver of the Year Abby Johnston of Duke. Johnston, whose major is undecided, won both the one (358.24) and three-meter (439.70) dives at the ACC championship, setting a meet record in the former event and a league record in the latter. The Upper Arlington, Ohio, native was also a two-time All-America this season, placing fourth in the one-meter diver (331.80) and 14th in the three-meter (307.60) at the NCAA championship.

Other selections include four-time honorees Julie Brummond of Duke and Hannah Krimm of Georgia Tech. This year's edition of the All-ACC Academic squad features 12 student-athletes who are making their second appearance on the squad and four more who are appearing for the third time. Nine of the 11 league swimming teams are represented on the list, with Virginia tallying an ACC-high 10 selections. Following Virginia is Florida State with eight picks, Duke with five, and North Carolina and Virginia Tech with four apiece. Georgia Tech, Maryland, and NC State each have two honorees, and Clemson has one.

2010 ACC Women's Swimming & Diving All-ACC Academic 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