TOWSON, Md.-Boise State redshirt senior diver Amanda Burnett was named to the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Second Team Thursday, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Burnett is the 23rd Academic All-American in Boise State history.
Burnett totes a 4.0 cumulative GPA two semesters into her master of business administration. She completed her bachelor's degree in general business and marketing in May 2011, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She is the first Academic All-America honoree in Boise State swimming and diving history.
"As a program we work to make academic accomplishments just as important as our achievements in the pool," said head coach Kristin Hill. "Amanda embodies what we strive to accomplish in and out of the classroom and she set the bar for this team. Every year she was with our program she has been a great contributor academically and athletically and is also a great leader."
An Academic All-District VII First Team selection last month, Burnett joins former Bronco football student-athlete Nate Potter as Academic All-Americans in the 2011-12 school year. She is the first Boise State student-athlete to earn the honor in the at-large category.
Candidates for the women's at-large team include female student-athletes in the sports of bowling, rowing, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.
Burnett was named WAC All-Academic in 2010 and 2011. She also earned honorable mention CSCAA Scholar All-America honors in 2011.
After spending her first two years at Boise State as a member of the gymnastics team, Burnett competed three seasons as a Bronco diver. A two-time qualifier for the NCAA Zone Championships, Burnett advanced to finals of the platform and three-meter events at the 2012 meet. She finished ninth on the platform this year, the highest finish for a Bronco at zones.
The Glendale, Ariz., native helped Boise State to its third-straight conference championship, placing in the top nine of all three diving events at the 2012 Mountain West Championships. She earned bronze on platform and took seventh on one-meter. She also won the consolation final on three-meter at the conference meet with a school-record score. Burnett set the school mark on platform at the Missouri Invitational.
Burnett is the only female student-athlete from a Mountain West institution named to the Academic All-America At-Large Team. In all, 45 student-athletes representing 38 different schools made up the women's Division I first, second and third teams.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.