July 14, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. - The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced its 2014 Individual Scholar All-Americans on Friday, and included on the list is diver Melissa Bollig.
Bollig, who was raised in Franktown, Colo., received Honorable Mention Scholar All-America recognition, which is awarded to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher for the spring semester, and have achieved a "B" time standard but have not qualified to compete in their respective national championship.
Additionally, Bollig has garnered other academic honors this past spring, including CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District, Mountain West Academic All-Conference and Mountain West Scholar-Athlete. The student-athlete still has one year of eligibility remaining, but graduated in May with a degree in sociology and a 4.0 grade-point average. Next, she will begin graduate school.
After beginning her career at New Mexico, Bollig transferred to CSU in December 2012. She was forced to sit out a year due to NCAA T=transfer rules, but made an immediate impact in the pool once she was eligible to return, in January 2014.
Bollig held the Rams' top 1-Meter score of the season of 276.45 and the third-highest for 3-Meter (291.75). The scores qualified her for NCAA Zones, where she finished 35th and 32nd, respectively. At the Mountain West Championships, she earned eighth place in the 1-Meter finals (256.11), placing on the All-Mountain West team. She will begin her senior season this fall.
While Bollig was individually recognized, the entire swimming & diving program earned respect for its hard work in the classroom, earning Team Scholar All-America honors.
The Spring Team Scholar-All-America award is presented to college and university swimming & diving teams who have achieved a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. CSU finished the semester with a 3.03 GPA.
The Scholar All-American Team honor is awarded twice a year. This is the ninth time since 2009 that the Rams have been recognized.
In the pool, the Rams also had success, holding a 6-5 dual-meet record, their best in four seasons. Three athletes earned All-Mountain West honors for their performances at the Championships, and four divers qualified for NCAA Zones. Each All-MW selection and Zones participant will return to the pool for the Rams, who lost just four athletes due to graduation.
"I am proud of the strides we are making in the pool and the excellence we have maintained in the classroom," Head Coach Christopher Woodard said. "These student-athletes have made a commitment to get it done in the pool and with their studies, and I'm glad to see Melissa and the team get recognized for their efforts."
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