Three Named Scholar All-America
July 21, 2011
UNLV swimmers Cody Roberts, Andrew Morrell and Calan Eldridge were named Scholar All-America by the College Swim Coaches Association of America, it was announced this week. By having three student-athletes earn honors, that tied UNLV for fifth-most in the nation, behind Auburn (11), Ohio State (6) and Florida and Michigan (5 each).
The Rebels won their seventh-straight Mountain West Championship in 2010-11, and posted the best finish in school history at the NCAA meet with a 19th-place performance, and were ranked in the top 20 for the entire season, also a first for the team.
Roberts, a sophomore and native of West Richland, Wash., was named the 2011 MW Swimmer of the Year after winning three individual titles and swimming on four first-place relays at the Mountain West Championships. He earned All-American relay honors thanks to the 400 medley relay that finished eighth at the NCAA Championships, and also received four more honorable mentions, three for swimming on top-16 relays, and one for finishing 14th in the 100 fly.
Morrell qualified individually in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes at the NCAA Championships. The MW champion in both of those events, the Vacaville, Calif., native joined Roberts on the 400 medley relay All-American team at the NCAA championships, and also swam on UNLV's ninth-place 200 medley relay. Eldridge, a senior and native of Stouffville, Ontario, swam the freestyle leg on the 400 medley All-American relay.
Roberts holds a 3.52 cumulative GPA while majoring in business. Morrell (3.65 GPA) is a philosophy major, while Eldridge graduated this past May with a degree in kinesiology. He held a 3.66 GPA.
The trio were three of 54 total men's swimmers that were named CSCAA Scholar All-America. To be eligible, a swimmer must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA, and qualify for the NCAA Championships.