The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association named University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks swimmer Kaia Norbye a Scholar All-America Honorable Mention on Monday, for the 2018-19 season. 

Norbye is one of 890 honorable mention selections, with 1,221 swimmers earning first-team status through all NCAA divisions, including NAIA and NJCAA student-athletes. 

To be named a CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention, swimmers had to earn a GPA of 3.50 or higher while achieving at least one NCAA “B” cut standard time, or competing at an NCAA regional qualifier. To be a first-team selection, student-athletes had to earn a 3.50 GPA and also compete at their respective NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA Swimming and Diving National Championships. 

Norbye, a rising sophomore and psychology major at UAF, earned a 3.51 GPA during her freshman year. 

In the pool, Norbye received one individual NCAA “B” cut this past season, with a time of 23.48 in the 50-yard freestyle race at the Washington Husky Invitational last November. Norbye was also named Swimmer of the Week by the Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference in October, and received the Dr. William Wood Scholar-Athlete of the Year award at the Alaska Nanooks student athlete awards banquet. 

Last month, the CSCAA named the Nanooks women’s swimming team a Scholar All-America team for the spring 2019 semester with a team GPA of 3.22. 

Contact News-Miner sports assistant Brian Ely at 459-7589.

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