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Tulane's Calderon, Gu Named C-USA Swimming & Diving All-Academic

Green Wave seniors claim league honor based on academic and athletic performances throughout the year

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane University women's swimming and diving standouts Gisele Calderon and Kristine Gu both picked up some impressive hardware on the eve of the 2013 Conference USA Championship as the duo were named to the C-USA All-Academic Team as voted on by the league's sports information directors.

The senior duo are the first Tulane student-athletes to claim C-USA All-Academic honors in the sport and the Green Wave are the only program to have multiple members on the 2012-13 academic squad, which is composed of league swimmers with at least a 3.2 grade point average and be regular participants for the team.

A native of Baton Rouge, La., Calderon earned the honor after posting a 3.796 GPA and is on pace to graduate with a degree in biomedical engineering in May. She participated in all eight meets heading up to the C-USA Championship and posted four top-three finishes.

She won the 200 fly at North Texas, finished second in the 200 fly at Loyola Marymount and placed third in the 100 fly at Arkansas-Little Rock and Loyola Marymount. Calderon's posted top times of 57.67 in the 100 fly at the Phil Hansel Invitational on Nov. 16, 2:05.24 in the 200 fly at the Hansel Invite on Nov. 17, 1:56.12 in the 200 free vs. LSU on Oct. 26, and 5:08.87 in the 500 free at the Hansel Invitational on Nov. 15.

Calderon claimed C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane 3.0 Club recognition while securing C-USA Academic Medal honors, in each of her first three collegiate seasons.

Gu, meanwhile, has a 3.723 grade point average and will graduate in May with a degree in cell and molecular biology. She, too, has played in all eight meets during the regular season and posted six top-three finishes: winning the 50 free vs. North Texas and LSU, and the 100 free at Loyola Marymount; coming in second in the 100 free vs. North Texas and Arkansas-Little Rock; and placing third in the 50 free vs. LSU.

A native of Bend, Ore., Gu posted career-best times of 24.16 in the 50 free (Nov. 15) and 51.98 in the 100 free (Nov. 17) at the Phil Hansel Invitational and clocked a season-best 1:58.77 in the 200 free (Nov. 16) at the event as well. She claimed C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and Tulane 3.0 Club recognition in each of her first three collegiate seasons while earning C-USA Academic Medal honors as a freshman and sophomore.

Calderon and Gu will open competition in the C-USA Championship on Wednesday evening at the University of Houston's Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium. The four-day event begins with the 200 medley relay, followed by the 800 free relay. The final three days of the championship meet will follow the traditional format of preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. with finals slated to begin each day at 6 p.m.

On Thursday, the participating teams will compete in the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and concludes with the 400 medley relay. From there, the teams will swim the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 200 free relay on Friday, before holding the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 1650 free on Saturday.

In addition, the preliminaries and semifinals of the three-meter springboard are slated for Thursday morning with the final scheduled for the evening. Friday, meanwhile, will feature the complete competition in the one-meter springboard with the platform scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m.

2013 C-USA Swimming and Diving All-Academic Team

Kirstie Russell, East Carolina, Sr., Feurabush, N.Y., 3.807 GPA, Communications/Public Relations

Reka Kovacs, Houston, Sr., Budapest, Hungary, 3.88 GPA, Kinesiology Fitness and Sports

Danielle Spence, Rice, Sr., San Diego, Calif., 3.92 GPA, Mathematical Economic Analysis

Emily Vavourakis, SMU, Sr., Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, 3.84 GPA, Environmental Engineering

Gisele Calderon, Tulane, Sr., Baton Rouge. La., 3.796 GPA, Biomedical Engineering

Kristine Gu, Tulane, Sr., Bend, Ore., 3.723 GPA, Cell and Molecular Biology