March 2, 2015
CENTRAL VALLEY, Pa. – Due to their outstanding performance in the pool and in the classroom, Kristen Barta and Kelly Hamilton were named to the Women’s Swimming and Diving Academic All-Patriot League Team. The All-Academic team was made up of 10 female swimmers and divers in the league.
Both Barta and Hamilton helped lead the Army women’s swimming and diving team to its first winning record season since 2004-05. The team finished 8-4 overall and 5-2 in the Patriot League.
Barta, a firstie from Oconomowoc, Wis., was named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team for the third time in her career. She has also earned Patriot League Academic Honor Roll accolades since her rookie season.
Barta, the swim and dive team co-captain, currently ranks No. 20 in the senior class under academic, physical and military disciplines. She is majoring in Life Sciences and boasts a cumulative grade point average of 3.917.
Since her freshman year, Barta has been named to the Dean’s List and for every eligible semester she has been named a Distinguished Cadet. This past fall, she earned the Superintendent’s Award which is granted to the top 5% of the class.
Last season Barta was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic At-Large District I First Team and the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Women’s at Large Team.
This year at the Patriot League Championships, Barta clocked a career-best time in the 200 IM. She placed 10th with a time of 2:06.04 moving her to the No. 9 position on Army’s All-Time Top 10 times list. In total, Barta ranks in the Top 10 list for four different events including the 200 IM (No. 9), 200 free (No. 5), 500 free (No. 9) and in the 200 breast (No. 2).
Barta branched into the Medical Corps and will be attending the Uniformed Service University of Health Services School (Med School) upon graduation.
Hamilton, a Chambersburg, Pa., native, earns her first Academic All-Patriot League accolades. She is a yearling Kinesiology major with a cumulative grade point average of 3.696 and has been named to the Dean’s List since her freshman year.
At the Patriot League Championships, Hamilton had a career-best swim in the 100 back, touching the wall second in 55.76. This pushed her to the No. 2 slot on Army’s All-Time Top 10 times list. She was also a part of the 200 free relay team that placed second at the meet and broke an Academy record. Hamilton earned 2015 All-Patriot League Second Team honors last week.
To be considered for Academic All-Patriot League, a sophomore-standing student-athlete must maintain a minimum of a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and must have competed in the Patriot League Championships, unless missed due to injury. The Sports Information Directors then cast their votes from a pool of candidates.
Women’s Swimming and Diving Academic All-Patriot League Team
Melissa Parker, American (Sr.)
Caylee Watson, American (So.)
Kristen Barta, Army (Sr.)
Kelly Hamilton, Army (So.)
Stephanie Nasson, Boston U. (Jr.)
Tara Boyle, Bucknell (Sr.)
Lauren Perry, Bucknell (Sr.)
Rachel Perry, Bucknell (So.)
Kaitlyn Ruffing, Lehigh (So.)
Ellen Bradford, Navy (Jr.)