Putting the `Student' in Student-Athlete

June 13, 2013

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State women's swimming and diving continued to raise the bar in the classroom during the spring 2013 semester. The 25 Broncos posted a 3.47 combined grade-point average for the term and a 3.41 cumulative GPA, both team records.

"As a team we are always striving for excellence in both the pool and the classroom," said head coach Kristin Hill. "This past year we exceeded our team goal of 3.40 while having one of our best seasons in the pool. I continue to be impressed by this high-achieving team."

Sophomore Heather Harper led the way during the most recent semester, recording a 3.93 GPA during the spring. After two years on campus Harper owns a 3.65 cumulative GPA and has scored four top-eight finishes at the Mountain West Championships.

Becoming one of the fastest freshmen in school history was not the only thing Blake Balogh was busy doing in her first year on campus. Balogh posted a 3.91 GPA for the spring 2013 term, the same semester during which she set freshman class records in the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle events at the 2013 Mountain West Championships. She now leads the team with a cumulative GPA of 3.95.

Classmate Jenni Domanowski checks in just behind with a 3.94 cumulative mark. Domanowski was one of three Bronco freshmen to post a 4.0 GPA during their first semester of college in fall 2012. She followed that performance with a 3.81 GPA in the spring.

Erin Kohlbeck turned in a 3.77 GPA during the spring semester to keep her cumulative mark at a lofty 3.93 after two years. Kohlbeck, a diver, holds the team's highest cumulative GPA among upperclassmen-to-be.

Fellow diver Ciera Cortney's 3.74 cumulative GPA is the best among Bronco swimmers and divers entering their senior season. Cortney has advanced to the NCAA Zone Diving Championships each of her first three seasons at Boise State.

Two Boise State swimmers graduated during the May commencement ceremony. Christine Raininger (2010-13) and Stephanie North (2009-12) earned their degrees after combining for eight individual conference titles and leading the Broncos to three team championships.

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