NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Two top performers from the Vandy swim team were honored by the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America Wednesday morning. Kara Lucenti and Breanna Sapienza were named Scholar All-American honorable mentions for their work this past season inside and outside of the pool.
"Very excited for Kara and Breanna to earn these honors," said head coach Jeremy Organ. "This is a testament to all the work they have done inside and outside of the pool this season. It also shows the great work done by the entire staff from academics, the training staff and administration as a whole. Very proud of them and hope to build on this success going into next year."
The Scholar All-American honorable mention selections recognize students who have a 3.50 GPA or higher and achieved a "B" standard time at a regional or zone-qualifying meet.
This is the second straight year Kara Lucenti has earned the Scholar All-American honorable mention honor. The Kenilworth, Ill. native swam to a "B" standard time in back-to-back days during the SEC Championships. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Lucenti participated in a swim-off to see who would qualify for the B final later that evening. She swam a personal-best time of 1:01.41 to earn a spot in the B final and also broke a school record by .03 seconds. The next day, she earned a "B" cut time in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:15.02.
Junior Breanna Sapienza earned her first Scholar All-American honor last season. The Medford, Ore. native earned her "B" standard time in the 100-yard butterfly while competing at Georgia's Last Chance Meet. She finished with a personal-best time of 53.41, which broke the school record she set last season.
The Vanderbilt swim team was also honored by the CSCAA on Wednesday. The Commodores were one of over 700 teams to earn Scholar All-America recognition. For schools to be honored, they had to achieve a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the spring semester.
CSCAA Executive Director Joel Shinofield cited Vanderbilt's success, noting: "Coach Jeremy Organ has done an exceptional job building a top program in the pool and the classroom at Vanderbilt. We are very fortunate to have schools like Vanderbilt and people like Provost Wente and Director of Athletics Williams who support these exceptional student-athletes."