Emory University swimmers Thomas Gordon, Trey Kolleck, Julia Durmer and Meg Taylor were honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Wednesday as all four were named to the Google Cloud At-Large Academic All-America teams.
Gordon and Kolleck were tabbed to the men's at-large First Team, Durmer to the women's at-large Second Team and Taylor rounding out the honorees with a Third Team selection. The Academic All-America awards are the first for the Emory Athletics department this academic year and brings the total number to 188 since 1984. For the full CoSIDA release, please click here.
Gordon closed out his four-year career this past March by winning national championships in both the 500 and 1,650 Freestyle events to bring his career total to four national titles. In his career, Gordon collected 15 All-America honors and was a member of the Eagles' national championship team in 2017. A program record holder in three events, Gordon captured eight UAA titles and was a 12-time All-UAA finisher. Gordon, who was nominated with a 3.61 GPA as a Business Administration & Quantitative Services major, was also a CSCAA Scholar All-American in 2018 and was a three-time UAA All-Academic Team selection.
Kolleck joins Gordon on the Academic All-America First Team after capturing a pair of national championships in the 100 Freestyle and 200 Freestyle Relay this past March as he pushed his career championship total to 10. An 18-time All-American in his career, tied for second most all-time, Kolleck added 10 UAA event titles to his ledger, was a 17-time All-UAA finisher and was named a CSCAA Scholar All-American three times. An accounting major who graduated with a 3.69 GPA, Kolleck closed out his Emory career holding program records in both the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays.
In addition to being the recipient of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, Durmer makes her first career appearance on the Academic All-America team. A three-year member of the swimming and diving program, Durmer capped off her time with team by helping the Eagles to their 10th consecutive NCAA national championship this past March. Over the course of her three seasons with the team, Durmer was a six-time All-American, two-time All-America honorable mention, seven-time UAA champion, and in 2017, she captured the 1,650 Freestyle national championship, becoming just the fourth Emory performer ever to win the event. A Human Health graduate with a GPA of 3.88, Durmer was 2018 CSCAA Scholar All-American and a four-time member of the Emory Dean's List.
Taylor also makes her first appearance on Academic All-America team after helping the Eagles to the national title this past spring. At the national meet, Taylor was a member of the 200 Freestyle Relay national championship squad, giving her seven event national championships in her career. Taylor added All-America kudos in the 50 Freestyle, 200 Medley Relay, 800 Freestyle Relay, 100 Freestyle and 400 Freestyle Relay to push her career All-America total to 14. The Division III record holder in the 400 Freestyle Relay, Taylor was a 14-time UAA champion and 23-time All-UAA finisher as well as a three-time CSCAA Scholar All-American. She graduated earlier this spring with a 3.66 GPA as a Biology and Spanish double major.