McGinnis named to ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team
AUSTIN, Texas -- University of Texas senior swimmer Matt McGinnis has been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team in a vote conducted by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
McGinnis (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft HS) was voted to the 10-member second team in the university men’s at-large division, which includes the sports of swimming and diving, golf, fencing, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. McGinnis had been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Men’s At-Large Team on May 27.
McGinnis becomes the eighth UT men’s swimmer or diver to earn Academic All-America honors and the first since David Kahn in 2005.
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 place in the 800 free relay and fifth place 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 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, McGinnis holds a 3.73 cumulative GPA in radio-television-film at UT.
With McGinnis’ selection as an Academic All-American, Texas becomes the only NCAA Division I men’s athletics program to have first- or second-team Academic All-Americans in the football, basketball and at-large categories.
Student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average to be nominated for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team. Student-athletes must reach sophomore athletic and academic standings at their current institution to be eligible.