Story courtesy of Ohio Media Relations
TOWSON, Md. - For the second time in as many years, Ohio senior swimmer Rachel Heim (San Diego, Calif.) was named a Capital One Academic All-American. Her second team distinction in the at-large division in 2011 makes her the 32nd student-athlete in Ohio University history to earn the award, while she is just the seventh individual at Ohio to earn the award at least twice.
The 2011 Ohio Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Heim was a four-time First Team All-MAC choice and three-time Academic All-MAC selection. As a junior she was named Co-MAC Swimmer of Year. For her career, Heim amassed 13 MAC Titles including eight individual and five relays. She won four 100-yd. butterfly championships, two 200-yd. butterfly titles and two 100-yd. backstroke titles. Heim also was a part of five MAC Championship relay teams: 400-yd. Freestyle relay in 2009, 400-yd. Medley relay in 2011 and the 200-yd. Freestyle relay in 2009 and 2011. Heim holds three individual school records in the 100-yd. backstroke with a time of 54.63 seconds, the 100-yd. butterfly with a mark of 52.51 seconds and the 200-yd. butterfly with a time of 1:59.39. She also holds five relay records. Heim was a four-time College Swimming Coaches' Association of America Academic All-American. In 2011, she qualified for the NCAA Championships and placed 23rd in preliminaries in the 100-yd. butterfly.
Academically, she was a Third Team Academic All-American in 2011, and was a two-time First Team Academic All-District choice as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. She becomes the second swimmer in program history to be named an Academic All-American twice. Emily Bresser was the first. The six other two-time Academic All-Americans are John Rousch (football), Steve Skaggs (men's basketball - three-time), Dave Mirth (cross country), Jen Pantalone (field hockey) and Caroline Mast (women's basketball).
Heim marks the fifth Ohio student-athlete to be named an Academic All-American in the last four years. It is also the first time since 2001 that more than one Ohio student-athlete was named an Academic All-American in the same year. Melissa Bonner of the softball team was named a Second Team Academic All-American in May.