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Bill Jones Earns CoSIDA Academic All-America Status
Jun 23, 2009

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Former Harvard swimmer Bill Jones has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America men's at-large third team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced this week.

Jones graduated last week with a degree in organismic and evolutionary biology. He finished his career at the NCAA 2009 Championships, competing in the 100- and 200-yard butterflies, placing 28th in the 100 fly in 47.11 seconds. He earned 16 All-Ivy honors in his career, including four this season.

The Fremont, Mich., native was a part of the victorious, league-record-setting 200 medley relay squad and the second-place 400 medley and 800 freestyle teams at the Ivy League Championships. He posted an individual runner-up finish in the 100 fly, beating the previous Ivy League record with his time of 46.12.

Jones led Harvard to a second-place finish at the Ivy League Championships and in the league dual standings. He was a key factor in the Crimson's 2008 league championship.

On the eve of commencement, Jones was presented with the John G. Reardon '60 Men's Award. This prize is presented annually to Harvard's senior varsity male athlete who exemplifies the qualities of excellent scholarship, character, leadership and athletic ability.

Senior Emily Cross of the Crimson women's fencing team was named to the Academic All-America women's at-large third team. She and Jones are Harvard's 62nd and 63rd CoSIDA Academic All-America selections. Jones is the fourth Crimson men's swimmer to earn the honor, joining Paul Watson in 1990, Tim Martin in 2000 and James Lawler in 2005.

The men's at-large program for Academic All-America includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis and water polo.