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Peter Smithson Earns CSCAA All-America Honors

Postby PonyPride » Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:33 am

From SMUMustangs.com:

Smithson Earns CSCAA All-America Honors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CSCAA/SMU) – Peter Smithson earned All-America honors from the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) following his qualification for the 2020 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships.

Smithson earned accolades on 3 meter and platform after automatically qualifying at the NCAA Zone D Championships in March. The freshman finished eighth overall in both contests.

"Peter had a very impressive freshman season," said head diving coach Darian Schmidt. "Winning two of three diving events at AACs and qualifying to NCAAs on two events is remarkable. He is barely scratching the surface of what he is capable of doing and I look forward to the next three years of working with him."

Smithson became the first Mustang to qualify for the Championships since Bryce Klein, who earned an automatic spot on 1 meter in 2018 and went on to garner 3 meter All-America honors. It was also the first time that a Mustang earned automatic bids in multiple events since 2015, when Devin Burnett did so on 1 meter and platform. Burnett went on to qualify in all three events.

Smithson was also named the Most Outstanding Diver at the 2020 American Athletic Conference Championships and the Freshman Diver of the Year.

"Despite the cancellation of the NCAA Championships, the coaches did a remarkable job this season," explained Greg Earhart, Executive Director of the CSCAA. "The student-athletes had the rug pulled out from them this season, so we are excited to recognize them."

Due to the cancellation, the CSCAA Board adjusted the All-America selection criteria for each Division. At the Division I level, all relays achieving 'A' Standards, individuals selected to the NCAA Championships, and divers entered in uncontested events from the Zone C Diving Qualification meet were named All-Americans.
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