WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Jamie Bissett's dual excellence as a student-athlete has earned the Purdue diver Capital One Academic All-District honors for the third year in a row.
Bissett is a health sciences/pre-med major with a 3.88 grade-point average. He plans to attend med school following the completion of his bachelor's degree next year. After being among the regional honorees in District 5, he advances to the national ballot from which the Academic All-America teams are selected. District 5 includes universities in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. He was selected as a Third Team Academic All-America honoree last season.
Bissett qualified for the NCAA Championships in all three diving events and earned All-America accolades for the third year in a row. He qualified for the championship final of platform diving at NCAAs and finished eighth in the event.
In February, the Ottawa, Ontario, native won a 3-meter title at Diving Canada's Winter National Championships in Toronto. He also finished second in the 1-meter competition.
Bissett was once again among Purdue's top performers at the Big Ten Championships. He scored in all three diving events for the third time in his career, qualifying for the A final of all three events this year to account for 39 team points, which ranked third on the squad. He finished his career as the Boilers' active career scoring leader at Big Tens (136 points). He helped Purdue finish in the team scoring as a senior, matching the program's best-ever finish at the conference championship meet.
Bissett ranks among the Purdue all-time Top 10 in all three diving events, finishing as high as third on 3-meter (451.45) and fourth on 1-meter (382.35) after recording career-best scores this season. He was selected as the male honoree for all of Purdue athletics for the Big Ten Medal of Honor. He is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Unlike many team sports, swimming and diving is part of the at-large group for the Capital One Academic All-District and All-America program. Each school is permitted to nominate only three male and three female student-athletes for consideration from sports like swimming and diving, tennis, golf, wrestling, ice hockey and others. Nominees must be sophomores and above with a GPA of 3.30 and higher. Allie Davis and Rhiannon Sheets from swimming and diving as well as golfers Johanna Tillstrom, Ben-Marvin Egel and Austin Eoff were also nominated by Purdue athletics this year.
Purdue swimmers Lauren Gustafson (2011 and 2013) Lauren Roth (2012), Matt Stewart (2011), Allie Smith (2011), Christine Inman (2010) and Emily Wetzel (2009) also garnered Academic All-District honors in recent seasons. Along with Bissett last year, Inman and Wetzel went on to earn Academic All-America honors.
The Big Ten dominated the men's Academic All-District 5 honorees. Eight of the 11 student-athletes on the list were from Big Ten universities, with Michigan (three), Ohio State (two), Illinois, Michigan State and Purdue all having at least one athlete recognized. MSU's honoree was swimmer and West Lafayette native David Zoltowski, a senior with a 4.0 GPA while majoring in electrical engineering. The sports represented on the District 5 list were diving, gymnastics, ice hockey, swimming, tennis and volleyball.
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