UT swimmer earns classroom accolades

Sara Beth Purdy

Although her season ended almost three months ago, junior Karlee Bispo is still reaping the rewards of her performances both in the pool and in the classroom.

Last week, Bispo was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Team. Only nine women’s NCAA Division I swimmers and divers were selected for this year’s team. Bispo earned a spot on the third team, which consists of eight athletes from a variety of different sports. She will go down in record books as the 11th Texas swimmer to be named an Academic All-American and was the only Big 12 female swimmer selected this year.

A student athlete must have a cumulative 3.20 GPA or higher and be designated as a starter to qualify for a nomination. Bispo, an exercise science major, was also named to the Big 12 Academic first team each of the last two seasons.

In the pool, Bispo was crowned the Big 12 Women’s Swimmer of the Year and was named Outstanding Swimmer at the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship meet this past February. She led the Longhorns to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in March, qualifying for seven events.