May 17, 2013
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AUBURN - Auburn senior men's swimmer Kyle Owens was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday. He will now advance to the national ballot, aiming for his second-straight Academic All-America honor.
Owens, a native of Johnson City, Tenn., continued his dominance of the backstroke events in the Southeastern Conference this year, defending his titles in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke at the 2013 SEC Championships. Owens also helped the Tigers to four relay titles at the conference meet and was the runner-up for the SEC Commissioner's Trophy, presented to the high point-scorer at the league meet. He then claimed his first national title with the 200 freestyle relay team, opening the 2013 NCAA Championships with a victory. Owens finished his Auburn career with an NCAA title, 12 SEC titles and 15 All-America honors.
In the classroom, Owens has been a standout for the Tigers. A Capital One Academic All-American last year, Owens graduated from Auburn earlier this month with a degree in biomedical sciences/pre-med and will attend medical school next fall. He was also honored with the Auburn University President's Award for the College of Sciences and Mathematics. In addition, Owens was a three-time CSCAA Scholar All-American, the 2011-12 Auburn University Male Athlete of the Year, the 2012 SEC Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and a two-time selection to the SEC Community Service Team.
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 was 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.