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FSU Places 13 on ACC All-Academic Team



April 16, 2013

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Thirteen members of the Florida State men's and women's swimming and diving team were named to the ACC All-Academic Team announced by the league office on Monday.

"We couldn't be more proud of these 13 student-athletes," associate head coach Andy Robins said. We have always stressed academics and it is great to see these ladies and gentlemen recognized for it. For them to be able to combine athletics and academics and excel at this level is a tremendous accomplishment."

The women led the ACC with eight athletes selected. Julia Henkel and Kristine Polley were recognized as three-time honorees while Ariel Rittenhouse and Tiffany Oliver made the list for the second time in their careers.

Bianca Spinazzola, Elizabeth Pepper, Laura Flewelling and Madison Jacobi all captured their first-time honors.

All eight Seminoles competed in at least one championship final at the 2013 ACC Championships. Four won All-ACC accolades as Oliver captured a pair of gold medals in the sprint events and Rittenhouse won 1-meter diving. Polley and Henkel took bronze in the 200 breast and 400 IM respectively.

Oliver, Pepper and Jacobi went on to compete at the 2013 NCAA Championships. Five men were chosen from Florida State. Nick Klein was one of four athletes in the conference to be named to the All-Academic team in all four years of his career.

"That's amazing for Nick," head diving coach Patrick Jeffrey said. "For him to score at the conference meet and academically and be recognized in all four years of his career is very valuable to the team. It just shows his level of dedication he has to the sport and the classroom."

The Chapel Hill native will major in Political Science.

In addition to Klein, Mark Weber and Tom Neubacher earned the honors for the third time in their careers, while Jared Pike and John Jessell were first-time honorees. Weber, Neubacher, Pike and Jessell were all participants at the 2013 NCAA Championships after all five gentlemen competed in an `A' final at the ACC Championships.

Neubacher earned All-American honors on 1-meter and grabbed an honorable mention on platform while Weber won honorable mention in the 50 free and as a member of the 200 medley relay along with Pike.

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