AUBURN - Three Auburn student-athletes were named to the Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Teams, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) office announced Thursday. Senior swimmer Erica Meissner and senior diver Dan Mazzaferro were named to the First Team All-District IV, which makes them eligible for Academic All-America honors. Seniors Tim Puetz (tennis) was named to the second team for the second year in a row.
Two Academic All-District teams are chosen in each district, with those on the All-District first teams placed on the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
Mazzaferro, a native of Cheshire, Conn., earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry in May 2010 and will earn his M.B.A. degree in December 2011. He won the McWhorter Award as the top male student-athlete in the SEC and was named a finalist for the NCAA's Walter Byers Award. He is a four-time Auburn Academic Top Tiger and a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll honoree.
In the recently-concluded season, he served as captain of Auburn's swimming and diving team. He was the 2011 SEC champion in the 3-meter and platform diving events, a nine-time All-American and a U.S. Olympic diving finalist. Dan also won the 2011 SEC Commissioner's Cup as the highest scorer at the SEC Championships and was the 2011 SEC Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
A two-time SEC Diver of the Year, Mazzaferro was also a member of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American Team (2007-09). This is his second time on the Capital One Academic All-District IV First Team after earning the honor as a sophomore.
Meissner, a native of Ashburnham, Mass., will earn a B.A. degree in Anthropology this summer. She won the McWhorter Award as the top female student-athlete in the SEC and was named a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. She is also a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll honoree.
She earned All-America honors in 2008 and is a two-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American as well as a four-time Auburn Top Tiger, awarded to Auburn's top student-athletes. She had Auburn's second best time this season in the 200 backstroke and the 200 individual medley.
Puetz, a native of Usingen, Germany, graduated in May with a degree in economics. Named the SEC's 2011 Men's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year, he is also a four-time Auburn Academic Top Tiger and a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll honoree.
Puetz notched a 17-3 (7-2 SEC) singles record this season and a 14-7 (6-5 SEC) doubles record, leading Auburn to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Currently ranked 12th in the nation in both singles and doubles, Puetz will represent Auburn May 25-30 at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship in Palo Alto, Calif.
Named to an All-SEC team each of his four seasons at Auburn, Puetz was an All-SEC First Team selection in 2011. A three-time All-American, he advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship last season.