Florida Tech Swimmer Savannah Brennan Earns CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors

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3.97 GPA while double majoring in Genomics, Molecular Genetics

Savannah Brennan of the Florida Tech women’s swimming team has been named the 2020-21 Academic All-District Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. (Florida Tech image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA (Florida Tech) – Savannah Brennan of the Florida Tech women’s swimming team has been named the 2020-21 Academic All-District Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The 2020-21 Academic All-District Women’s At-Large Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined athletic competition and classroom performance.

The CoSIDA Academic All-America program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and NAIA.

“Savannah’s hard work in and out of the pool has been a key component to the success of our program,” said head coach David Dent.

This is one of the many academic awards that she has won, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. That is a true testament to her dedication outside of the water. I am extremely excited to see what she will accomplish this next year in grad school.”

Brennan follows this award after being name 2020-21 Sunshine State Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in consecutive years.

Brennan is the first athlete to repeat as SSC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 12 years, joining Shyla Rider (Softball – 2007-08 & 2008-09) and Greta Trotman (Tennis – 2004-05 & 2005-06) from Barry University as well as the University of Tampa’s Dawn Rawlings (Volleyball – 1996-97 & 1998-99).

She remains the first swimmer and third Florida Tech student-athlete to be honored as SSC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year since conference administrators established the award in 1995-96.

Previous Panthers to win the honor were: Kari Wanat (Volleyball – 1999-00) and Marina DeBiasi (Cross Country – 2017-18).

Brennan, a junior and captain of the swim team, holds a 3.97-grade point average while double majoring in Genomics and Molecular Genetics, and Biomedical Science. Additionally, she is minoring in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

Brennan, a native of Oviedo, Florida, was named 2020-21 Outstanding Student of the Year for Florida Tech’s Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering and Sciences.

In addition, Brennan also captured 2020-21 Distinguished Student Scholars for completing more than 55 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher.

The captain has earned every CSCAA Scholar All-American, SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, and Dean’s List award she has been eligible for during her career.

Brennan has served as Secretary for Florida Tech’s Chapter of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology since August 2018.

She has also served as President for Florida Tech’s Chapter of Tri-Beta National Biology Honor Society since August 2017.

In the pool, Brennan has had a remarkable career with the Panthers so far. Brennan was named 2019-2020 CSCAA All-American, All-SSC First Team (2019-20), and All-Second Team (2018-19).

She has qualified for NCAA Championships for three consecutive years. In addition, Brennan has been Florida Tech Female Swimmer of the Year every year since 2017.

Also in the pool, Brennan had an impressive 2021 season setting two school records in the 400 IM (4:20.77, DII B-Cut) and 500 Free (4:57.03, DII B-Cut).

The captain also became the first female swimmer to score points at an NCAA Championship event in program history.

Brennan currently holds six school records in individual events and four relay records along with her teammates:

■ 500 Freestyle
■ 1000 Freestyle
■ 1,650 Freestyle
■ 200 Breast
■ 200 IM
■ 400 IM
■ 200 Freestyle Relay
■ 400 Freestyle Relay
■ 800 Freestyle Relay
■ 400 Medley Relay

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