April 1, 2009
Walnut Creek, Calif. - The 2009 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Swimming and Diving All-Academic teams were announced today by Commissioner Tom Hansen on Wednesday. To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor.
Stanford led the conference with 13 student-athletes honored as either first or second team all-academic. Among those, five were named to the all-academic first team.
Leading the Cardinal was Pac-10 Men's Swimming Scholar Athlete of the Year, Jason Dunford. Dunford earns his third consecutive Pac-10 all-academic first team honor. The senior recently completed his Stanford career as a 19-time All-American and as a member of three school-record holding relays.
Dunford was joined on the first team by his brother David Dunford, Nate Cass, BJ Johnson and Scott Lathrope. Cass also recently completed his Stanford career at the NCAA Championships where he helped the Cardinal to a third-place finish. Cass finishes his career as a seven-time All-American and a three-time Pac-10 academic honoree, although 2009 was his first time on the first team.
The Cardinal completed another successful season in the pool, where they won their 28th consecutive Pac-10 title as well as finishing in the top four at the NCAA Championships for a 28th straight season.