Austin, Texas – Thalie Carmignani made Lynn University history when she was announced as a CoSIDA Track & Field/Cross Country Second Team Academic All-American on Thursday. The former swimmer is the first cross country student-athlete to garner Academic All-America honors and is also the first in school history to garner Academic All-American recognition in two sports.
"I am very grateful to have been named an Academic All-American because I have always cared about my studies as much as my athletic results," said Carmigniani. "There has been so much to cherish in my four-and-a-half years at Lynn, from helping start the swimming program to the fantastic education I received. I hope there will be more Lynn student-athletes to follow in my footsteps."
A four-year letterwinner on the inaugural swimming program from 2012-16, the Tours, France, native jumped out of the water and onto land as she was the Fighting Knights' top finisher in all five cross country meets during the 2016 fall season. She took 17th place at the Sunshine State Conference Championships, recording the second fastest 6K time in program history with a 22:18.64 mark on the course.
Her performance in the classroom left little to improve upon, as she has been perfect in her pursuit of a master's degree in financial valuation with a 4.00 GPA.
"Thalie has led our team in every way possible," said head cross country coach Chris Wood. "From times, to academics and in spirit she has been our rock. This being her first year of running and her last year of eligibility, I feel blessed to have coached such a talented person even for a limited amount of time."
Prior to her success on the run, Carmignani racked up honors in the pool as a six-time CSCAA All-America Honorable Mention selection, four-time First Team CSCAA Scholar All-American, four-time All-SSC selection (three on second team, one on first team), eight-time SSC Championship medalist and First Team CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades in her final season.
Carmignani shared First Team Academic All-American recognition on the swimming team in 2016 with former teammate, Rebecca Matthews. The duo managed to hold the title of First Team CSCAA Scholar All-America together as well in 2015 and 2016.
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