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Rachel Dixon was a sophomore this past season for the Rebels.

July 18, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - UNLV swimmers Rachel Dixon and Katelyne Herrington were named Scholar All-America by the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), it was announced by the organization on Tuesday. By having two student-athletes earn honors, UNLV boasted one of 19 women's programs to have multiple swimmers to receive that recognition.

In addition, a total of 10 more student-athletes from UNLV were named as Scholar All-America Honorable Mention, seven from the women's squad, and three from the UNLV men.

Dixon, a sophomore and native of Las Cruces, N.M., became the second-ever Rebel to score in the 50 free at the NCAA Championships, placing 15th while setting a new school record in the preliminaries. That earned Dixon her first-ever Honorable Mention All-America honor. At the Mountain West Championships in February of this year, she posted three fourth-place finishes.

Herrington meanwhile recorded the first-ever top-16 finish by a Rebel at the NCAA Championships in the 100 fly event, placing 14th. She also claimed one third-place swim at the 2012 MW Championships, in the 100 fly as well.

Dixon holds a 3.54 cumulative GPA, and posted a 3.69 in the spring semester, while Herrington boasts a 3.38 cumulative GPA (3.54 in the spring). Both Rebels are undecided on their major.

Earning Honorable Mention status from the women's squad was Anja Crawford, Hilary Ego, Emma Gustafsson, Jessica Heim, Krista Johnson, Brittany Ozar and Carmen Robb. Coleman Allen, Batka Balint and Matt Roe represented the UNLV men in receiving Honorable Mention recognition.



The CSCAA Scholar All America award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and have qualified for their respective national championship, while Honorable Mention Scholar All America status is presented to college and university swimmers and divers, who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, for the semester or cumulative average, and have achieved a "B" time standard, but did not qualified for their respective national championship.
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