Petta Named to Swimming & Diving Academic All-Conference Team

Petta Named to Swimming & Diving Academic All-Conference Team

KINGSTON, R.I. - Sophomore Nicole Petta has become the first Rhode Island women's swimming & diving athlete to be named to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference team since 2014, the conference office announced on Thursday.

Petta is the eighth swimmer in URI's history to be elected to the Academic All-Confernece team. The last to do so was Emily Thomensen when she was elected to the team in back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014.

A native of Endicott, N.Y., Petta broke her own school record in the 100-yard breaststroke at the Atlantic 10 Championship this season by swimming the event in 1:02.16. She shares the record with fellow teammate Carly DeLiberty.

Petta's time put her in third place in the event at the A-10 Championship, earning her bronze. She was the only Ram to medal at this year's meet.

Along with her accomplishments at the Atlantic 10 Championship, Petta also strung together memorable meets throughout the regular season. She won 10 solo events in 2016-17, including three at the Vermont meet on Jan. 21.

She also ranked well within the Atlantic 10 by the end of the season. Petta had the third-best time in the 100-yard breaststroke in the conference, as well as the 17th-best time in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Majoring in psychology, Petta has also been able to get it done in the classroom during her academic career by garnering a cumulative GPA of 3.72.

"Congratulations to Nicole for this well deserved honor from the Atlantic 10," said head coach Mick Westkott. "She clearly represents what it means to be a student-athlete. We are very proud to have her be a part of the program."

Women's Academic All-Conference Team
Sarah Coats, Davidson
Elise Lankiewicz, Davidson
Kassie Shannon, Davidson
Lexi Santer, Duquesne
Abigail Stauffer, Duquesne
Abby Watson, Duquesne
Miranda Simon, George Washington
Hannah Elliot, La Salle
Sydney Connor, Massachusetts
Nicole Petta, Rhode Island