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    Aug. 18, 1997

    Northwestern Swimmers Tops in Big Ten Academics

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Northwestern men's and women's swimming and diving teams achieved the highest team grade point averages among all Big Ten schools for the 1996-97 school year.

    The men's team had the fourth-highest grade point average among Division I schools with a team GPA of 3.23. Last year, the men's team finished ninth. The women's team had the sixth-highest grade point average among Division I women's programs with a team GPA of 3.37.

    Four women's swimmers and two men's swimmers received College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Academic All-America honors. Sophomore Amy Balcerzak (Sharon, Pa./The Peddie School) was tops on the women's team with a 3.85 GPA in Arts and Sciences. Senior Joy Stover (Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence), earned Academic All-America honors for the third consecutive year with a 3.66 GPA in Economics. Dominique Diezi (Zurich, Switzerland, Kantonsschule Stadelhofen), another sophomore, has a 3.58 GPA in Arts and Sciences. Junior Mary Beth Ellis (Lewes, Del./Lawrenceville) earned honorable mention honors with a 3.60 GPA in Industrial Engineering Management. Ellis was also selected to the All-Academic team last year.

    Balcerzak, Stover and Diezi all earned All-American honors at the NCAA Championships last March. Stover and Diezi also are competing this summer at the 19th summer edition of the World University games in Sicily, Italy, August 19-31.

    Recent graduate Scott Smale (Boulder City, Nev./Boulder City) made the men's team with a 3.52 GPA in Environmental Science. He earned honorable mention All-America honors at the NCAA Championships last March. Senior Josh Carothers (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) earned honorable mention All-Academic honors with a 3.93 GPA in Environmental Science.