Fry earns academic honor

Jessica Fry  2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Jessica Fry 2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, 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-District II Division III At-Large first team on Thursday.

Fry earned her first nod to the team with a 4.08 GPA as of the end of the fall semester. Twelve 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 now advances to the ballot with all of the first-team selections from the eight districts for the Academic All-America team, which will be released on June 5.

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".

The members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) select the All-District team. District II consists of all of the Division III colleges and universities in Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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.