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2015 Women’s Swimming & Diving All-Americans Announced

March 09, 2015
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By Casady Fletcher, NAIA Media Coordinator

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic (NAIA) has announced the 2015 Women’s Swimming & Diving All-Americans. Honors were awarded to the top-three finishers in each event and the swimmers of the top-three finishing relay teams at the 35th Annual NAIA Women’s Swimming & Diving National Championships, held March 5-7 at Oklahoma City Community College in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Forty student-athletes earned All-America honors, with three-time defending national champion Oklahoma Baptist leading the way with 10 honorees.

Co-NAIA Women’s Swimmer of the Year and Women’s Swim of the Meet Laura Galarza of Oklahoma Baptist was recognized in an NAIA-best eight events, freshman Lisa Tixier of Biola (Calif.) earned All-America honors in seven events, while Co-NAIA Women’s Swimmer of the Meet Christine Tixier of Biola (Calif.), was acknowledged in three events after setting an NAIA National Championship records in the 200-Yard Individual Medley, the 100-Yard Butterfly, and the 200-Yard Butterfly. Oklahoma Baptist’s 200-Yard Freestyle Relay team, which included Galarza, also set NAIA National Championship records.

Galarza is a four-time All-American in the 100-Yard Freestyle, 200-Yard Medley Relay, 200-Yard Freestyle Relay, 400-Yard Medley Relay, and the 800-Yard Freestyle Relay. She’s also a three-time All-American in the 50-Yard Freestyle, 200-Yard Freestyle, and the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay. Christine Tixier is a four-time national champion and All-American in the 100-Yard Butterfly and is also a three-time All-America honoree in the 200-Yard Butterfly and the 200-Yard Individual Medley.

Senior Kristen Brimage of Oklahoma Baptist, who was named the NAIA Women’s Diver of the Year for the second consecutive year, defended both her national titles in 1-Meter and 3-Meter Diving and is now a three-time All-American in both events.

2015 NAIA Women’s Swimming & Diving All-Americans

Name   School Event
MacKenzie Anderson   Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 200-Yard Medley Relay
Andrea Antonissen   Oklahoma Baptist 200-Yard Freestyle Relay
      400-Yard Freestyle Relay
      800-Yard Freestyle Relay
Samantha Benson   SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 400-Yard Freestyle Relay
Michelle Billeaud   Brenau (Ga.) 100-Yard Breaststroke
      100-Yard Butterfly
      200-Yard Medley Relay
      400-Yard Medley Relay
Abby Blake   Biola (Calif.) 800-Yard Freestyle Relay
Baliee Blankemeier   Concordia (Calif.) 200-Yard Butterfly
      400-Yard Individual Medley
      500-Yard Freestyle
Kristen Brimage   Oklahoma Baptist 1-Meter Diving
      3-Meter Diving
Shannon Cummings   SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 200-Yard Freestyle Relay
Emma Forbes-Milne   Oklahoma Baptist 100-Yard Freestyle
      200-Yard Freestyle Relay
      200-Yard Medley Relay
      400-Yard Freestyle Relay
      50-Yard Freestyle
Laura Galarza   Oklahoma Baptist 100-Yard Freestyle
      200-Yard Freestyle
      200-Yard Freestyle Relay
      200-Yard Medley Relay
      400-Yard Freestyle Relay
      400-Yard Medley Relay
      50-Yard Freestyle
      800-Yard Freestyle Relay
Deirdre Gerke   Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 200-Yard Freestyle Relay
Courtney Hayward   Brenau (Ga.) 1650-Yard Freestyle
      400-Yard Individual Medley
      400-Yard Medley Relay
      500-Yard Freestyle
      800-Yard Freestyle Relay
Alisha Hodgetts   Brenau (Ga.) 100-Yard Butterfly
      200-Yard Medley Relay
      400-Yard Medley Relay
      800-Yard Freestyle Relay
Mary Katherine Jabbia   Brenau (Ga.) 200-Yard Breaststroke
      200-Yard Medley Relay
Lexie Keller   Oklahoma Baptist 200-Yard Freestyle
      400-Yard Freestyle Relay
      400-Yard Medley Relay
      800-Yard Freestyle Relay
Angela Kirschner   Biola (Calif.) 400-Yard Freestyle Relay
      400-Yard Medley Relay
      800-Yard Freestyle Relay
Ella Kleinschmidt   Brenau (Ga.) 800-Yard Freestyle Relay
Caroline Lepesant   SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 1650-Yard Freestyle
Michelle McDonald   Cumberlands (Ky.) 1-Meter Diving
      3-Meter Diving
Kendra Monnin   West Virginia Tech (W. Va.) 200-Yard Breaststroke
Kerryn Mullin   Oklahoma Baptist 100-Yard Breaststroke
      200-Yard Breaststroke
      200-Yard Medley Relay
      400-Yard Medley Relay
Megan Nerud   Biola (Calif.) 400-Yard Medley Relay
Charlotte Parent   Cumberlands (Ky.) 200-Yard Individual Medley
Heather Partlow   SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 200-Yard Freestyle Relay
      400-Yard Freestyle Relay
Tammy Price   Oklahoma Baptist 100-Yard Backstroke
      200-Yard Backstroke
      200-Yard Freestyle Relay
      200-Yard Medley Relay
      50-Yard Freestyle
Ines Remersaro   Oklahoma Baptist 100-Yard Backstroke
      200-Yard Backstroke
      400-Yard Medley Relay
      800-Yard Freestyle Relay
Holly Risinger   Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 200-Yard Freestyle Relay
Shelby Rumker   Brenau (Ga.) 800-Yard Freestyle Relay
Eugenia Sebastiani   Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 200-Yard Freestyle
      200-Yard Freestyle Relay
      200-Yard Medley Relay
Talia Sola   Brenau (Ga.) 100-Yard Backstroke
      200-Yard Backstroke
      200-Yard Medley Relay
      400-Yard Medley Relay
Laura Stephenson   Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 200-Yard Butterfly
Haley Thompson   SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 200-Yard Freestyle Relay
      400-Yard Freestyle Relay
Christine Tixier   Biola (Calif.) 100-Yard Butterfly
      200-Yard Butterfly
      200-Yard Individual Medley
      400-Yard Freestyle Relay
      400-Yard Medley Relay
      800-Yard Freestyle Relay
Lisa Tixier   Biola (Calif.) 100-Yard Freestyle
      200-Yard Individual Medley
      400-Yard Freestyle Relay
      400-Yard Individual Medley
      400-Yard Medley Relay
      800-Yard Freestyle Relay
      400-Yard Freestyle Relay
Grace Van Ryckeghem   Cumberlands (Ky.) 1650-Yard Freestyle
      500-Yard Freestyle
Genesis Veliz   Oklahoma Baptist 1-Meter Diving
      3-Meter Diving
Kelsey Weener   Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 200-Yard Freestyle Relay
      200-Yard Medley Relay
Leslie White   Oklahoma Baptist 100-Yard Breaststroke
Whitney Whitehead   Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) 200-Yard Medley Relay
Julie Woody   SCAD Savannah (Ga.) 200-Yard Freestyle Relay
      400-Yard Freestyle Relay
 

Championship Information

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