ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – A pair of St. Bonaventure University swimmers have earned Scholar All-America honorable mention status from the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America as Tjaard Krusch and Rachel Kimmel each picked up the accolades for the second consecutive year.
The award recognizes students that have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and competed at their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Both Kimmel and Krusch received honorable mention by achieving NCAA "B" cuts at the Atlantic 10 Championships.
A native of Dorsheim, Germany, Krusch helped lead the Bonnies to a third-place finish at the 2020 Atlantic 10 Championships by winning four medals. The junior captured two golds, one silver and one bronze medal to bring his career total to eight medals.
Krusch set the Atlantic 10 and St. Bonaventure program records in the 200-IM, taking gold with a time of 1:45.73. He also won gold as a member of the 400-medley relay team. He won a silver medal in the 100-backstroke and took home bronze in the 200-backstroke.
A rising senior, Krusch owns a 3.698 cumulative GPA as a sports studies major and had a 4.0 GPA during the spring semester. He previously was picked to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team in March.
Like Krusch, Kimmel is a Scholar All-America honoree for the second time for her success in the classroom and in the pool.
At this year's Atlantic 10 Championships, Kimmel won three medals – a pair of silvers and a bronze.
Kimmel broke two of her own St. Bonaventure program records at A-10 Championships. In the 100-breaststroke, Kimmel swam a time of 1:01.24 to win the silver medal. She went on to shatter her record in the 200-breaststroke by three seconds, turning in a time of 2:12.85 for her second silver medal. She also helped her 400-medley relay team earn bronze at the conference championships.
A journalism and mass communications major and rising junior, Kimmel boasts a 3.720 cumulative GPA and she was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team as well.