Marhenke Named To Mid-Major All-American Team

Somers, Wis. - San Jose State University senior swim standout Brie Marhenke was named to the 2008 Division I Women’s Mid-Major All-America Swimming Team on Monday, April 21.

Thirty women were selected based on their qualification for the 2008 NCAA Division I Women’s Championships, while another 37 earned honorable mention by achieving NCAA B’ standards during the 2007-08 season.

Marhenke, a native of Carmichael, Calif., was part of a group of four athletes, with Ja-Neil Bragg of Pacific, Chelsea Nagata of UC Irvine and Samantha Papadakis of Harvard, who were named to the Mid-Major All-American Team for the third year.

Marhenke spent three seasons at San Jose State after transferring from Oregon State University, and leaves the Spartan program as a four-time individual Western Athletic Conference champion, two-time NCAA Championships participant and school record-holder in two individual and three relay events, among a slew of other honors. She has already qualified for the 2008 USA Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb., June 29-July 6, in the 50-meter freestyle, and still looks to attain a qualifying standard in her other specialty event, the 100-meter freestyle, during two remaining long-course meets in the month of May.

Mid-Major institutions are designated as colleges or universities that are not affiliated with a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conference, as well as those institutions awarding less than half of the maximum-allowable scholarships (seven for women, five for men).

Alicia Aemisegger, a sophomore at Princeton University, was chosen the Women’s Mid-Major Swimmer of the Year for the second consecutive year.