June 6, 2013
Complete Academic All-America Release
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Lauren Gustafson's dual excellence as a student-athlete for Purdue women's swimming and diving has led to a long list of individual awards during the 2012-13 school year, punctuated Thursday by her selection as a Capital One First Team Academic All-America honoree.
The highest honoree bestowed to a student-athlete makes Gustafson Purdue's sixth First Team Academic All-America honoree since the 2007-08 school year. She recently graduated with a 3.99 grade-point average while majoring in general health sciences (health sciences professional). A recipient of NCAA and Big Ten postgraduate scholarship awards earlier this spring, she is set to continue her studies at Indiana University Medical School in Indianapolis.
Gustafson joins volleyball's Ariel Turner (First Team) and softball's Andie Varsho (Third Team) as Purdue's Academic All-America honorees during the 2012-13 school year. Turner was also named the Academic All-American of the Year for volleyball. This marks the first time the Boilermakers have had a pair of First Team Academic All-America selections in the same school year since having three in 2000-01. Football's Drew Brees, Katie Douglas of women's basketball and Dan Swan of men's tennis were each recognized in 2000-01.
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 women's at-large Academic All-America teams competed in sports like bowling, crew, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, tennis and water polo. 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.
Gustafson joined Florida's Elizabeth Beisel and Tennessee's Kelsey Floyd as the swimmers on the Division I women's at-large First Team. There were only eight swimmers total among the three Academic All-America at-large teams. Beisel was named the 2012-13 Academic All-American of the Year for the women's at-large sports.
Men's diver Jamie Bissett and Gustafson were named Academic All-District 5 in the at-large category last month to advance to the Academic All-America ballots. Universities are limited to nominating only three male and three female athletes for at-large Academic All-District consideration. To be eligible for Academic All-District, a student-athlete must be a sophomore and above with a 3.30 cumulative GPA. The Academic All-District and Academic All-America program is geared towards recognizing student-athletes that excel at a high level in both the classroom and competition.
As a senior this season, Gustafson was an NCAA Championships qualifier for the second time in her career. She competed individually in the 50 and 100 free and also swam on Purdue's three relay qualifiers at the national championship meet. The Columbus, Ind., native earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors while qualifying for the A final of the 50 and 100 free at the conference championship meet, finishing as the runner-up in the 100. She closed her career as the program record holder in the 50 free and was part of new team records in all five relay events, swimming the freestyle anchor leg on each of the record-setting relays.
Women's Swimming & Diving Academic All-America Honorees (Since 2003)
Lauren Gustafson (First Team), 2013
Christine Inman (Third Team), 2010
Kimbre Vogel (Second Team), 2007
Purdue's Recent First Team Academic All-America Honorees
Lauren Gustafson (Swimming & Diving), 2012-13
Ariel Turner (Volleyball), 2012-13
Joe Holland (Football), 2011-12
Kyle Adams (Football), 2010-11
Kara Patterson (Track & Field), 2008-09
Shauna Stapleton (Soccer), 2007-08