May 17, 2012
Auburn junior men's swimmer Kyle Owens
and senior men's tennis player Alex Stamchev
were named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday. Both will now advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America honors.
Owens, a native of Johnson City, Tenn., had a breakout season in 2011-12 as he helped lead Auburn's men to their 16th consecutive SEC swimming and diving championship. He won two individual SEC titles in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke, and he was part of four winning relay teams (200 and 400 medley relay; 400 and 800 freestyle relay). Along with a runner-up finish in the 200 individual medley, he finished with 57 individual points at the SEC Championships and was runner-up for the SEC Commissioner's Trophy. Owens also earned five All-America honors this season to bring his career total to 10, helping lead the Tigers to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, and he is qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in two events.
Owens was also named the SEC's Scholar-Athlete of the Year for swimming and diving, majoring in biomedical engineering with a 3.91 cumulative grade point average. He recorded a 4.0 GPA in four of his first five semesters as an Auburn student-athlete.
Stamchev set two Auburn records during the 2011-12 men's tennis season. The native of Pleven, Bulgaria, has won more matches than any tennis player in Auburn history with 212 combined victories between singles and doubles play. He is Auburn's all-time leader in doubles victories with 107, and he has amassed 105 singles wins to rank second in school history. This season, Stamchev was 26-10 overall in singles play, and he currently owns a 24-9 mark in doubles with at least one match left in the NCAA doubles draw.
Ranked No. 9 nationally in doubles (with junior Andreas Mies) and No. 68 in singles, Stamchev was an All-SEC First Team selection this season, and he was recently awarded the Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award along with the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award. He owns a 3.71 cumulative GPA in economics, and has been a three-time selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
To be eligible for nomination, a student-athlete must carry a 3.3 or better cumulative GPA and must be in their second year or later at the school. Owens and Stamchev were among 10 student-athletes selected in the "at-large" category, which includes student-athletes in all sports except football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, women's volleyball and track & field. The district ballot included student-athletes from all NCAA Division I schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.