CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) of the University of New Hampshire women's swimming and diving team was honored as the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's swimming and diving for 2012-13. The distinction, announced by the conference Thursday, is awarded to student-athletes who go above and beyond in their sport as well as in the classroom.
Mann had a dominant season in the pool for the Wildcats as she recorded 23 first-place finishes, including three in the America East Championships and two at the ECAC Championships. The sophomore also qualified for the NCAA Division I National Championships in three events, the 200 and 400 individual medley and the 200 breaststroke. As for records, Mann set a trio of records at the Conference Championships and a pair of top times in the ECAC Championships. She was also awarded the Swimmer of the Meet Award at the ECACs.
In the classroom, Mann posted a 3.66 grade point average as an English major. As a freshman, Mann was tabbed to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll for earning a GPA of higher than 3.50.
In order to receive the distinction, the student-athlete must serve as a starter or a prominent reserve and carry a minimum GPA of 3.30. A committee of athletic administrators as well as NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives chose an honoree within the sport. She was just one of six athletes to be recognized.