June 6, 2013
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AUBURN - For the second-straight season, Auburn senior swimmer Kyle Owens was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday. Owens was named to the first team in the At-Large category.
"Kyle has been a great leader and role model for our program for four years," Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. "We are very proud of all of his accomplishments, both in and out of the pool, and this award is yet another testament to all of his hard work. Kyle truly represents everything the Auburn swimming and diving program stands for."
Owens was one of just two swimmers nationally and one of two Southeastern Conference student-athletes selected to the men's first team. Among the 45 student-athletes on the first, second and third teams, 11 total swimmers or divers and seven SEC athletes - four of which were swimmers or divers - were selected. The men's "at-large" team for the Capital One Academic All-America program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo, volleyball and wrestling.
It was Owens' second selection to the Capital One Academic All-America team. He was a second-team selection in 2012. He is the seventh Auburn swimmer or diver in the last seven years and the 12th all-time to earn a nod as an Academic All-American.
A native of Johnson City, Tenn., Owens 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 was a standout for the Tigers. He graduated from Auburn in May 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 Capital One Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
2013 Capital One Academic All-America Men's At-Large Team
Nathan Anderson, North Dakota State (Golf)
Greg Andrews, Notre Dame (Tennis)
Nick Bailen, RPI (Ice Hockey)
Steve Bonanno, Hofstra (Wrestling)
Matt Brown, Penn State (Wrestling)
Brendan Buckley, Army (Lacrosse)
Jackson Hummeldorf, Navy (Water Polo)
Josh Ihnen, Nebraska (Wrestling)
Alex Lendrum, Southern Cal (Swimming & Diving)
Michael Newburger, Ohio State (Gymnastics)
Kyle Owens, Auburn (Swimming & Diving)
Cheyne Rocha, Army (Ice Hockey)
Maxwell Stearns, Ohio State (Fencing)
Victor Valente, Georgia State (Tennis)
Cory Whitsett, Alabama (Golf)
Bruno Abdelnour, Illinois (Tennis)
Sean Bailey, Austin Peay (Tennis)
Matthew Burton, Southern Cal (Water Polo)
Andrew Gemmell, Georgia (Swimming & Diving)
Ben Greene, Kennesaw State (Golf)
Andreas Haug, Colorado (Skiing)
Peder Lunde Hermansson, Kennesaw State (Golf)
Connor Jaeger, Michigan (Swimming & Diving)
Matthew Kluckman, Air Force (Rifle)
Drew LeBlanc, St. Cloud State (Ice Hockey)
Cameron Martin, Florida (Swimming & Diving)
James Queeney, Colgate (Lacrosse)
Tyler Reinking, Montana State (Skiing)
Brent Sterling, Tennessee (Swimming & Diving)
Alexander Tighe, Temple (Gymnastics)
Ben Bondurant, Navy (Swimming & Diving)
Matt Brown, Pepperdine (Water Polo)
Austin Cook, Arkansas (Golf)
Kevin Cordes, Arizona (Swimming & Diving)
Brad deBorde, Florida (Swimming & Diving)
Garret Dunn, Iowa (Tennis)
Phillip Graeter, George Washington (Swimming & Diving)
Troy Grosenick, Union (N.Y.) (Ice Hockey)
Brandon Hagy, California (Golf)
Ryan Hawkins, Virginia Tech (Swimming & Diving)
Ashton Kalhorn, Bradley (Tennis)
Thomas Kyanko, West Virginia (Rifle)
Adam McKenzie, Air Force (Ice Hockey)
Brinson Paolini, Duke (Golf)
Spencer Rowe, UCLA (Volleyball)
Matt Snyder, Virginia (Wrestling)