Taryn Zack Named Capital One Academic All-American
June 9, 2011
By Wes Todd
Assistant Media Relations Director
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Two-time SEC Diving Champion Taryn Zack added another accolade to her ever-growing list as she was named a Capital One Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.
Zack was named to the Women's At-Large Second Team, becoming just the second swimmer or diver at South Carolina to be named an Academic All-American. Across the at-large spectrum - which encompasses all sports other than football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball and track & field - Zack was one of just nine swimmers or divers among 45 student-athletes nationwide named to the first, second or third teams. She was one of six SEC student-athletes named to the team, three of which were swimmers or divers.
The native of Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, carries a 4.0 grade point average as a graduate student in physical therapy. She earned her bachelor's degree in exercise science in the summer of 2010, finishing with a 3.93 GPA. Earlier this year, she was named the Southeastern Conference's Scholar-Athlete of the Year for swimming & diving, and she was named South Carolina's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In addition, she won her second SEC Championship in 1-meter diving, setting a league meet record with her score of 336.55. A three-time All-American, Zack qualified for the NCAA Championships for the fourth straight season.
Zack is the first Gamecock student-athlete named to the At-Large team since golfer Adrienne Gautreaux in 2004. The only previous Gamecock swimmer or diver named to the team was Kerry Fraas, who was a first-team Academic All-American in 1995 and 1996.
2011 CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA TEAM