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Four SHIP U. Women’s Swimmers named to the 2024 Division II Academic All-District ® Team

The Shippensburg University women’s swimming team had four members named as 2024 Division II Academic All-District honorees for their achievements both academically and in swimming competitions. The recognized athletes include seniors Marissa Bittner, Michaela Hersh, Alyssa Tomb, and junior Gracie Wetzel. This honor marks the second occasion for Bittner, Hersh, and Tomb, while Wetzel receives her first.

Marissa Bittner, studying biology with a health professional focus and a minor in psychology, has a 3.655 GPA. In competitions, she has been a 14-time PSAC individual place-winner and holds the school’s record in the 100-yard backstroke.

Michaela Hersh, an early childhood education major with a minor in disability studies, has a 3.635 GPA. She is a 16-time PSAC individual place-winner and ranks in the top three in school history for the 200-yard butterfly and the 400 IM.

Alyssa Tomb is pursuing a biology degree with an ecology, environmental, and conservation focus, alongside a minor in geography/earth science, and maintains a 3.729 GPA. She is a 12-time PSAC individual place-winner and ranks in the top five for the 400 IM and the 200 IM in school history.

Gracie Wetzel, majoring in early childhood education, has a 3.852 GPA. She is a four-time PSAC individual place-winner, with notable performances in the 400 IM and the 100 breast.

These athletes are now candidates for the Academic All-America Team, to be announced on April 23. This recognition follows the inclusion of swimming as a separate category in the Academic All-America program, previously grouped in the At-Large category with various other sports. Selections are made by the College Sports Communicators.


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