Morningside College’s women’s swimming team achieved Scholar All-American status for the 2012 fall semester from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
The CSCAA presents the award to college and university swimming & diving teams that achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
The Mustangs’ head coach is Bryan Farris.
Ben Kurz, a freshman from Council Bluffs, Iowa, had the Mustangs’ top individual finish at the 2013 NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla., when he placed seventh in the men’s 1650-yard freestyle on March 2.
Kurz swam a school-record time of 16:31.19 to shatter the former Morningside record of 16:34.35 set by Scott Anderson in 2008. The seventh place effort was the top finish by a Morningside male swimmer at the NAIA National Championships since Anderson placed sixth in the 200-yard backstroke in 2008.
Krystal Carlson, a senior from Richfield, Minn., had the top finish for the Morningside women when she placed eighth in the women’s 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 18:07.20.
Emma Magsamen, a freshman from Lincoln, Neb., made the finals in the women’s 100-yard freestyle and placed 12th with a school-record time of 53.97 seconds.
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Krystal Carlson and Cora Kugler have been named 2012-13 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes in the sport of women’s swimming & diving.
Carlson, a senior from Richfield, Minn., has a 3.89 cumulative grade point average (GPA) with majors in biology and chemistry.
Kugler, a senior from Watertown, Minn., has a 3.65 cumulative GPA with a major in elementary education.
Carlson and Kugler were also named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes in 2011 and 2012.
Student-athletes must be of at least junior academic status and have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in order to be eligible for Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors.
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