McGinnis selected to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team
AUSTIN, Texas -- University of Texas senior swimmer Matt McGinnis has been voted to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI Menís At-Large Team, as announced Tuesday, May 27 by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).
McGinnis earned one of 10 selections to the team in the University division and will advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America.
McGinnis helped UT set new NCAA, American, U.S. Open, Big 12 Conference, Big 12 meet, Texas Swimming Center and school records in the 800-yard freestyle relay on Feb. 27 at the Big 12 Championships in Austin.
McGinnis, who ended his UT career as a 12-time All-American and six-time honorable mention All-American, placed third in the 200 freestyle, eighth in the 100 freestyle and 16th in the 500 freestyle at the 2008 NCAA Championship. He also helped UT to second in the 800 free relay and fifth in the 400 free relay at the NCAA Championship. McGinnis helped Team USA to gold in the 800-meter freestyle relay at the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand.
A three-time Academic All-Big 12 first-team selection and a member of the Big 12 Commissionerís Honor Roll, McGinnis holds a 3.73 cumulative GPA in radio-television-film at UT.
District VI includes all NCAA Division I schools in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and New Mexico. The At-Large category includes student-athletes in bowling, rowing, fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.
To be nominated for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average. Student-athletes must reach sophomore athletic and academic standings at their current institution to be eligible.