May 15, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- For his dual excellence in the diving well and the classroom, Jamie Bissett of Purdue men's swimming and diving has been selected as a Capital One Academic All-District honoree for the second year in a row.
Bissett is a general health sciences major with a 3.93 grade point average. 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.
Bissett was the Purdue men's top individual scorer at the Big Ten Championships for the second year in a row. He finished as the runner-up in both springboard diving events to garner Second Team All-Big Ten honors while earning the Boilers 34 team points. The junior was among the seven Purdue divers to qualify for the NCAA Championships this year, advancing to the national championship meet for the second year in a row. The Canadian took sixth in the consolation final of 3-meter diving at NCAAs to earn his second career Honorable Mention All-America award.
Bissett was a two-time Big Ten Diver of the Week this season and was named a team co-MVP at the end of the year banquet. He ranks among the Purdue all-time Top 10 in all three diving events, moving up into third place in both springboard events during the 2013-14 campaign. He's a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree as well.
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. Michelle Cabassol, Matt Friede, Casey Matthews and Rhiannon Sheets from swimming and diving as well as wrestler Camden Eppert 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 honorees in recent seasons. Inman and Wetzel went on to earn Academic All-America honors.
The Big Ten dominated the men's Academic All-District 5 honorees. Six of the 11 student-athletes on the list were from Big Ten teams, with Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue all having one athlete recognized. The sports represented on the District 5 list were diving, fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, swimming, tennis and volleyball.