Two Tech student-athletes earn spots on Academic All-America ballots

Two Louisiana Tech spring sports student-athletes are now finalists to earn Academic All-America honors after being voted first-team Academic All-District 6 selections by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Tech junior golfer James Swash and Lady Techster sophomore tennis standout Alexia Romero picked up All-District 6 honors announced Thursday. Romero made the Women’s At-Large Team that encompasses candidates in several sports, including track and field and tennis, from the expansive District 6 covering all NCAA Division I institutions in a region from Minnesota down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. Swash made the men’s golf district squad.

Swash, a finance major, has registered a cumulative 3.39 GPA in his three years at Louisiana Tech and is an eight-time AD Honor Roll selection. The junior Bulldog has also made the Dean’s List and Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times.

The native of Stockton On Tees, England, competed in all 10 events as a junior in the 2020-21 campaign. Swash registered a stroke average of 74.71 over 24 rounds. He shot a season-low 68 in the first round of the Linger Longer Invitational (March 12). Swash placed in the top-15 twice at the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate (-1, t-11th) and at the LaTour Intercollegiate (+3, t-15th). He finished the season with eight rounds at or under par.

Romero, who was one of 10 student-athletes voted to the At-Large Team, recently completed her second season as part of the LA Tech Tennis team.

The Argentina native carries a 3.60 cumulative grade point average while majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She is a two-time Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipient and was a 2020 C-USA Academic Medalist.

Romero has earned a handful of athletic honors as well with her consistent play on the courts. She was named Second Team All-Louisiana in 2021 and was a member of the 2020 C-USA All-Freshman Team.

She has compiled a career dual singles mark of 22-8, posting the best singles winning percentage on the team each of the past two springs. She also registered 11 dual doubles victories this past season, the most on the squad.

First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. First-, second- and third-team Academic All-America honorees will be announced in early August.

PHOTO: courtesy LA Tech Athletics

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