Albu named Academic All-American
South Dakota State University men’s swimmer Phil Albu has earned a spot on the Capital One Academic All-America Men’s At-Large Second Team for his efforts both in the classroom and the pool.
A native of Charlie Lake, British Columbia, Albu was selected to the 15-member University Division second team with a 3.96 grade-point average while majoring in computer science. Albu finished his collegiate swimming career this winter as the school record in three individual backstroke events, as well as a member of the school-record 200-yard freestyle relay that won the Summit League title in 2014.
Albu advanced to the national ballot last month after being named to the Capital One Academic All-District 6 Team for the second consecutive year. The University Division at-large team consists of Division I student-athletes competing in fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, swimming and diving, tennis and wrestling. Candidates must be at least a sophomore in athletic and academic standing, a starter or key reserve on his team and carry at least a 3.3 GPA.
Albu is the fifth Jackrabbit student-athlete to earn Capital One Academic All-America recognition during the 2013-14 academic year, joining football players Jason Schneider and Zach Zenner, along with men’s basketball players Brayden Carlson and Jordan Dykstra.