AUSTIN, Texas – University of Alaska Anchorage skier Hailey Swirbul capped an amazing season Wednesday with the ultimate honor for an NCAA student-athlete, being named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Div. II Women’s At-Large Team.
A sophomore from El, Jebel, Colo., Swirbul was recognized in voting by sports information directors as one of the nation’s top 15 overall athletic and academic achievers, encompassing the sports of beach volleyball, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, swimming & diving, skiing and tennis.
Along with her 4.00 overall grade-point average, Swirbul captured a pair of podium finishes at the 2018 NCAA Skiing Championships in March, placing runner-up in the classical race and third in the freestyle. The civil engineering major also posted podium finishes at the U.S. National Championships, and she became the most decorated U.S. skier in World Junior Championships history with a silver medal in the classical and a bronze in the skiathlon at the 2018 competition in Switzerland.
Swirbul becomes the 34th UAA student-athlete since 1989 to earn a Google Cloud Academic All-America® award, and the ninth to capture a first-team honor.