West Florida Swimming & Diving Lands Nine on the CSCAA All-America Team
Four Argonauts selected to first team, five earn honorable mention
By Matt Rowley
April 28, 2015 – PENSACOLA, Fla. – Nine student-athletes from the University of West Florida women’s swimming and diving team were named to the Division II All-America Team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Four Argonauts earned spots on the first team and five earned honorable mention.
Student-athletes that compete in the championship final and finish in the top eight of an event at the NCAA Division II Championships are automatically selected to the All-America first team, and those who advance to the consolation final and finish in the top 16 are named to the honorable mention team.
Monica Amaral (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) became UWF’s first two-time, first team All-American by placing in the top eight in both the 1 and 3 meter diving events at the national meet. The three other Argonauts to earn first team status were Angelina Gallastegui (Brandon, Fla.) in the 1,650-yard freestyle, Anna-Marie Macht (Markkleeberg, Germany) in the 200-yard individual medley and Paulina Szydlo (Wroclaw, Poland) in the 200-yard breaststroke.
The honorable mention selections included Mariana de Paula (Santos, Brazil), Peggy de Villiers (Somerset West, South Africa), Josie McKee (Canton, Ohio), Emily Mitchell (Allen Park, Mich.) and Madeline Pitt (Trussville, Ala.).
In just two seasons the UWF women’s swimming and diving program has totaled 13 All-America awards. Four student-athletes earned All-America finishes in 2013-14 and nine in 2014-15. UWF finished 23rd at the NCAA Division II Championships in their first season in 2013-14, and the Argonauts followed that with an 11th place finish in 2014-15.
CSCAA All-America First Team (4)
(Finished 1st through 8th at NCAA Championships)
2014-15 – Monica Amaral x2 (1 Meter Dive, 3 Meter Dive)
2014-15 – Angelina Gallastegui (1650 Free)
2014-15 – Anna-Marie Macht (200 IM)
2014-15 – Paulina Szydlo (200 Breast)
CSCAA All-America Honorable Mention (12)
(Finished 9th through 16th at NCAA Championships)
2013-14 – Peggy de Villiers x3 (50 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Free Relay)
2013-14 – Anna-Marie Macht x4 (100 Breast, 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Free Relay)
2013-14 – Emily Mitchell (200 Free Relay)
2013-14 – Carla Robles (200 Free Relay)
2014-15 – Mariana de Paula x5 (200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Medley Relay)
2014-15 – Peggy de Villiers x5 (100 Free, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay, 200 Medley Relay)
2014-15 – Angelina Gallastegui (800 Free Relay) *
2014-15 – Anna-Marie Macht x5 (100 Breast, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay, 200 Medley Relay) *
2014-15 – Josie McKee (3 Meter Dive)
2014-15 – Emily Mitchell x4 (200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Medley Relay)
2014-15 – Madeline Pitt x2 (1650 Free, 400 Medley Relay)
2014-15 – Paulina Szydlo (400 Medley Relay) *
* indicates also earned All-America first team award that season
CSCAA All-America Finishes – Most All-Time at UWF
(All-America and Honorable Mention Combined)
1. 10 – Anna-Marie Macht
2. 8 – Peggy de Villiers
T3. 5 – Mariana de Paula
T3. 5 – Emily Mitchell
Florida Swim Network