Fry earns top academic honor

Jessica Fry
Jessica Fry

TOWSON, Md. – Jessica Fry (St. Mary's, Ga./Camden County), a senior on the McDaniel women's swimming team, was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III At-Large first team on Tuesday.

Fry earned her first nod to the team with a 4.08 GPA as of the end of the fall semester. Fifteen student-athletes, who are not part of the 12 sports that have a distinct Academic All-America team, are selected to the at-large first team. The classical civilization and archaeology major advanced to the national ballot after being named to the all-district first team on May 17.

Fry swam to all-time top-five times in the 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 free as well as the 400 IM this season. She finished fifth in the 1650 and fourth in the 400 IM at the Centennial Conference (CC) Championship.

At the end of her career, she ranks second all-time in both the 1000 (10:47.32) and 1650 (17:54.97) freestyles, third in the 500 free (5:13.36) and 400 IM (4:46.52). She was also part of the 800 free relay (8:10.23) that ranks fourth all-time and fifth in the 200 free relay (1:43.65).

Academically, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and studied abroad in Greece in the Fall 2010 semester. She also received a research grant to study classical artifacts in the McDaniel archives. She was also presented the top prize at this year's Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference with her paper, "The Isthmus of Corinth and the Abortive Projects for Digging a Canal: Displays and Perceptions of Power".

To be nominated for the Capital One Academic All-America program presented by CoSIDA, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 or higher cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or significant reserve.