May 15, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
Junior swimmer Kristen Barta collected her second academic award of the season following her selection to the Capital One Academic At-Large District I First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. Barta will advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot where first, second and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
In March, Barta was named to the 2014 Patriot League All-Academic Team for the second straight year. The Oconomowoc, Wis., native is the first member of Army's swimming and diving team tabbed for Academic All-District 1 honors since diver Chelsea Haviland was chosen in 2006.
Barta was among 11 female athletes named to the At-Large Team and one of three swimmers. To be selected to the All-District Teams, one must be a sophomore, junior or senior while maintaining a GPA of at least 3.3. All 11 scholar-athletes in District I had 3.9 averages and above.
A Life Science major, Barta carries a 3.96 cumulative grade point average and has received a number of recognitions including being named to the Dean's List, the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and Academic All-League.
Barta capped her third year with a strong performance at the Patriot League Championships where she placed 15th in the 200 individual medley splashing to a time of 2:07.08. The multi-event performer also swam legs on the 400-yard medley relay and 800-yard free relays that set school records at the meet following second and seventh-place finishes, respectively.
Elected by her peers as a co-captain in 2014-15, Barta heads into her senior year as Army's school record-holder in the 200-yard breaststroke and ranks fifth all-time in the 200 free, sixth in the 500 free, eighth in the 200 IM and ninth in the 100 breast. Her name is also on the record board as a member of the 400 and 800 free relay teams that hold freshman records.
Head coach Mickey Wenders spoke volumes with words of praise for Barta.
"I have known Kristen for over three years," notes Wender. "Kristen's resume speaks for itself. She is a great student, physically strong (currently she is the No. 1 ranked female cadet in her class), and a tremendous leader. I have observed her behavior and performance in a wide-variety of situations. Kristen has impressed me as one of the top five percent of student-athletes I've worked with in my 22 years as an NCAA head coach. She is the epitome of what we look for in cadets at the Academy -- strong, focused, caring, and a true leader.
"At the core of Kristen's personality is a deep caring and commitment for those she works with," continues Wender. "Because of the leadership qualities she has exhibited, Kristen was recently selected to serve as one of our team captains for next season. In her brief time in the role, she has accepted responsibility for helping our team reach its full potential -- in and out of the pool. One of the things that has impressed me the most is her commitment to every member of the team and her ability to get everyone involved in the leadership process."