Bissett Earns First Team Academic All-America Honors
June 11, 2015


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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Jamie Bissett's dual excellence as a student-athlete for Purdue men's swimming and diving has led to a long list of individual awards, punctuated Thursday by his selection as a Capital One First Team Academic All-America honoree.

The highest honor bestowed to a student-athlete makes Bissett Purdue's eighth First Team Academic All-America honoree since the 2007-08 school year. He has compiled a 3.88 grade-point average as a health sciences/pre-med major and garnered Third Team Academic All-America accolades last year.

However, after also earning All-American honors athletically in platform diving this season for being among the eight student-athletes to qualify for the championship final of the event at the NCAA Championships, Bissett becomes just the 10th Boilermaker to earn First Team All-America honors both academically and athletically in the same year. Kara Patterson (2009), a two-time Olympian in the javelin, was the last Purdue student-athlete to accomplish the feat. NFL quarterback and Super Bowl champion Drew Brees (2001) was Purdue's last male student-athlete to be a First Team All-American both academically and athletically.

Bissett plans to complete his bachelor's degree during the 2015-16 school year while continuing to train at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. The Ottawa, Ontario, native has his sights set on competing for one of Canada's diving berths at the 2016 Olympic Games. He also plans to continue his studies at a postgraduate medical school. He was already selected as an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, which features a $7,500 award to help with the cost of graduate school.

Bissett is Purdue's first Academic All-America honoree of the 2014-15 school year. However, Matthew McClintock of cross country and track and field was named Academic All-District last month to advance to the Academic All-America ballot. Track/cross country's Academic All-America teams will be announced June 25.

Swimming and diving is part of the at-large category for the Academic All-America program, which is managed by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Other student-athletes on the Division I men's at-large Academic All-America teams competed in sports like golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis and wrestling. Because the at-large category is comprised of so many sports, it is typically a much more competitive selection pool versus the traditional team sports.

Bissett was one of 11 student-athletes across the three Academic All-America teams in the men's at-large category to be a multiple-time Academic All-America honoree. The Big Ten had four representatives on the 2015 First Team. Bissett was joined by Michigan's Zach Hyman (ice hockey) and Justin Glanda (swimming) as well as Penn State's Matt Brown (wrestling), who was recognized as the Capital One Academic All-America Team Member of the Year. Michigan State swimmer and West Lafayette native David Zoltowski was a Second Team Academic All-America honoree.

Other divers to earn Academic All-America acclaim this year included Texas's Cory Bowersox (First Team), USC's Jordan Gear (Second Team) and Harvard's Mike Mosca (Third Team). Arizona's Kevin Cordes (First Team), the current American record holder in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, is another notable name on the Academic All-America teams this year from the swimming and diving world.

Bissett was selected as Purdue's male honoree for the Big Ten Medal of Honor for the 2014-15 school year, sharing the acclaim with fellow diver MacKenzie Tweardy. The Big Ten Medal of Honor is awarded to student-athletes with the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.

Bissett scored in all three diving events at the Big Ten Championships for the third time in his career, finishing his four years as Purdue's active career scoring leader at the conference championship meet. He also qualified for the NCAA Championships in all three diving events, a feat that was much more impressive this season after the qualifying system was revamped. In February, he won a 3-meter title at Diving Canada's Winter National Championships in Toronto. He also finished second in the 1- meter competition.

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Jamie Bissett Honors & Accomplishments
2015 First Team Academic All-America
2015 Platform Diving All-American
2015 3-Meter Winner at Diving Canada Winter National Championships
2015 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient
2015 Big Ten Medal of Honor (Male Recipient for all of Purdue Athletics)
2014 Third Team Academic All-America
Two-Time Honorable Mention All-American (Platform in 2013, 3-Meter in 2014)
Two-Time Academic All-District
Three-Time NCAA Championships Qualifier
Two-Time CSCAA Scholar All-American
2014 Second Team All-Big Ten
2013 Distinguished Big Ten Scholar
Three-Time Academic All-Big Ten

Boilermakers to be Dual First Team All-Americans in Same Year (Athletic & Academic)
2014-15: Jamie Bissett, Men's Swimming & Diving
2008-09: Kara Patterson, Women's Track & Field
2000-01: Drew Brees, Football & Katie Douglas, Women's Basketball
1998-99: Stephanie White, Women's Basketball
1969-70: Tim Foley, Mike Phipps & Bill Yanchar, Football
1965-66: Dave Schellhase, Men's Basketball
1960-61: Jerry Beabout, Football

Recent Boilermakers to be First Team Academic All-America Honorees
2014-15: Jamie Bissett, Men's Swimming & Diving
2013-14: Andie Varsho, Softball
2012-13: Ariel Turner, Volleyball & Lauren Gustafson, Women's Swimming & Diving
2011-12: Joe Holland, Football
2010-11: Kyle Adams, Football
2008-09: Kara Patterson, Women's Track & Field
2007-08: Shauna Stapleton, Women's Soccer
2003-04: John Standeford, Football
2002-03: John Standeford, Football
2001-02: Dan Swan, Men's Tennis
2000-01: Drew Brees, Football; Camille Cooper, Women's Basketball; Katie Douglas, Women's Basketball & Dan Swan, Men's Tennis