OXFORD, Ohio—Two RedHawk swimmers were honored as Scholar All-Americans, while the entire Miami University women’s swimming and diving team was recognized for their prowess in the classroom with the Team Scholar All-America Award, the College Swimming Coaches of America (CSCA) announced recently.
Annie Marquiss (Solon, Ohio/Solon), a freestyle specialist who just completed her junior season, and Nicole Wagner (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), a freestyle/backstroke specialist who just completed her senior campaign, were named CSCA Honorable Mention Scholar All-Americans.
Marquiss, also an Academic All-MAC selection earlier this year, owns a 3.69 cumulative grade-point average and majors in zoology and French. Marquiss was a major contributor in the 200 freestyle relay, earning victories against Ohio, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Buffalo and at the Miami Invitational. She took first, individually, in the 50 freestyle against Bowling Green and Evansville, with second-place finishes against Ohio, Eastern Michigan, Cincinnati and Buffalo. She took third in the event against Ball State and at the Miami Invitational and MAC Championships. Marquiss also took first in the 100 freestyle against Ohio and Eastern Michigan.
Wagner was an Honorable Mention Academic All-MAC pick earlier this year and owns a 3.43 cumulative GPA. She majored in early childhood education. She swam to a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke and her first individual win of the season in the 200 breaststroke against Xavier. Her second win of the season came in the 100 breaststroke against Buffalo. She was second in the 200 medley relay against Cincinnati, Evansville and Buffalo. Wagner also posted second-place finishes in the 100 breaststroke against Cincinnati and Buffalo and in the 200 breaststroke against Ohio.
The Scholar All-America Awards is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester, or cumulative average, and have achieved a "B" time standard but did not compete in their national championship. Divers qualify by competing at their respective championship qualifying meets, zones or NCAA preliminary rounds.
As a team under first-year head coach Mark Davis, Miami boasted an impressive 3.46 GPA for the spring, which was among the top 36 Division I programs nationally. The Spring Team Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the semester/quarter coinciding with the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CCCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.