June 11, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford junior Elaine Breeden of the Cardinal women's swimming and diving team has been named to the 2009 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America women's at-large first team, it was announced today. Breeden is one of 15 student-athletes given first team accolades.
Breeden, a career 18-time All-American, two-time NCAA champion and five-time Pac-10 titlist, had a tremendous junior year both in the pool and in the classroom. A silver medalist in the 400-meter relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Breeden swept both butterfly events at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships before winning the 200 fly at the NCAA Championships. She also earned six All-America honors at the NCAAs, ranking among the country's best swimmers in the 100 fly, 200 IM, 200 free relay, 400 free relay and 400 medley relay. Breeden won her third consecutive Pac-10 title in the 200 fly in record-breaking fashion, setting the American, U.S. Open and NCAA record with a time of 1:49.92. The Lexington, Ky. native also established an NCAA Championships record by winning the 200 fly in 1:50.98, while swimming the third leg on Stanford's American record-setting 400 free relay (3:11.14).
"Elaine wears many hats, and she wears them all with tremendous grace," said Stanford head coach Lea Maurer. "She is a world-class athlete, student and citizen, and she prides herself on trying to improve in every arena of her life. Elaine is a tremendous leader, and the balance that she strikes while she pursues excellence motivates those around her to be better people."
Breeden is majoring in classics, while pursuing a minor in art history. She also earned first team Pac-10 All-Academic status following the 2008-09 season.