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Five Swimmers Named To ACC All-Academic Team

April 27, 2011

Greensboro, N.C. – Five Georgia Tech swimmers and divers were named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic Team after the 2010-11 season as announced Wednesday by Commissioner John Swofford.

Freshman Anton Lagerqvist, sophomore Brandon Makinson and juniors Helen Alvey, Heidi Hatteberg and Zach Tillman all earned ACC All-Academic honors after a successful year in the classroom.

To be eligible for All-ACC Academic Team consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his or her academic career.

North Carolina senior Tyler Harris and Miami senior Brittany Viola were named the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

Alvey, a junior psychology major, transferred to Tech from South Carolina and made an immediate impact after beginning competition for the Jackets in January. In her first ACC Championships, Alvey notched points in two of the three diving events that she competed in, including a sixth place performance in the 1-meter dive.

One of the busiest Jackets in 2010-11, Hatteberg took part in six different events on the year setting season best and even career best times in three of them at the 2011 ACC Championships. The junior, aerospace engineering major recorded points for Tech in each of the events she competed in taking 16th in the 500-Free with a time of 4:51.04, 10th in the 100-Back with a school record time of 54.66 and ninth in the 200-Back breaking her own school record time with a 1:56.98 finish. The co-captain also was a member of the 400-Free Relay that set the second fastest time in school history with a 3:21.64 finish while helping set the new school record in the 400-Medley (3:42.02), swimming the backstroke leg.

On the men’s side of things, freshman Anton Lagerqvist, a native of Gothenburg, Sweden and an industrial engineering major, was a huge addition to the Jackets. Earning All-ACC honors for his third place finish in the 200-Breast, after winning prelims, the rookie went on to place ninth in the 100-Breast and 14th in the 200-IM earning points for the Jackets in each of the events he competed in at the ACC Championships in his first year on the Flats.

Brandon Makinson, an aerospace engineering major at Tech is a two-time ACC All-Academic honoree and like Lagerqvist, earned All-ACC honors at the 2011 ACC Championships. Makinson, a diver from Calgary, Alberta, registered third place (3-meter), fifth place (1-meter) and 15th place (platform) finishes in the ACC Championships, notching points for the Jackets in each of the events he competed in. Makinson’s success continued as he notched an eighth place finish in one of the most competitive Zone diving fields to earn a spot in the National Championships, his first ever appearance at the meet.

Tillman, who earned points for the Jackets in three of the four events that he competed in at the ACC Championships, is the final Jacket to earn Academic All-ACC honors. A chemical and biomolecular engineering major, Tillman swam the anchor leg of the 800-Free Relay leading Tech to a sixth place finish, took 12th in the grueling 1,650-Free, 16th in the 500-Free and rounded out his meet with a 23rd place finish in the 200-Free C-Final.

Makinson and Lagerqvist were two of 15 male athletes to be named as both an All-ACC and All-ACC Academic selection.

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