Baltimore, Md. - San Jose State University swimmer Meghan McCurley, a native of Fair Oaks, Calif., who will be a junior for the Spartans in 2009-10, earned 2009 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America honorable mention on Wednesday, July 1.
McCurley becomes the first swimmer in program history to earn Scholar All-American distinction. The standout in the classroom is a two-time Academic All-Western Athletic Conference honoree and one-time San Jose State University Scholar-Athlete.
In the pool for head coach Sage Hopkins, the sprint freestyle specialist and graduate of Bella Vista High School has garnered All-WAC recognition three times in her career, with one gold medal and a pair of silvers, all in relay events. She is part of three school-record relays.
Scholar All-Americans are selected on the basis of their performance both academically and athletically. To be selected, swimmers must qualify for the NCAA Championships and achieve a GPA of 3.50 or higher. Honorable mention selections must achieve an NCAA consideration time and 3.50 or higher GPA. McCurley was part of a pair of NCAA consideration times in the 200 and 400 medley relay events at the 2009 WAC Championship in San Antonio, Texas, in February. The swims were the first two B’ cuts in relays that San Jose State has ever produced.
Across the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA, 430 honorable mentions joined 471 first-team selections to total a record 901 individual certificates this year.