NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Four members of the Vanderbilt swim program were honored for their work in the classroom Tuesday with the announcement of the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District® team.
Eleanor Beers, Chantal Jordan, Gabriela Pierobon Mays and Kailia Utley were recognized by the organization and are now eligible for Academic All-America® honors next month.
Beers, a political science major set to earn her degree from Vanderbilt in three years this spring, has recorded times in both the 100 (51.58) and 200 (1:52.19) free that rank among the top five on the school’s performer list in 2022-23. The Poulsbo, Washington, resident earned her second career individual victory when she claimed the 200 free in the Commodores’ tri-meet against North Florida and Georgia Southern in October, and she ranks among the top 10 all-time in school history in the 50, 100 and 200 free. Beers was named to 2021-22 SEC Academic Honor Roll as well as the First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll the previous season.
An Atlanta native, Jordan stands second on this season’s top five performer list after posting a 23.70 mark in the 50 free at the SEC Championships earlier this month; her 23.29 mark in the event recorded at the league meet in 2022 ranks fourth on Vandy’s all-time list. She won the D Final of the 100 back at Gamecock Invitational in November to pick up the first individual victory of her career. Jordan—a double major in health, medicine and society, and psychology—made the SEC Academic Honor Roll each of the last two years and the First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2019-20, and she was also named to the SEC Women’s Swimming and Diving Community Service Team this season.
In addition to ranking second on the Dores’ performer list this season in the 100 back with a 55.34 time that met the B Standard for the CSCAA National Invitational Championships next month, Pierobon Mays won the C Final of the 50 free at the Gamecock Invitational. She currently is among the top 10 all-time at Vanderbilt in four different events, the 50 and 100 back, 100 fly and 100 IM, and has three individual victories to her credit. A medicine, health and society and neuroscience double major from Verona, Wisconsin, Pierobon Mays made the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll as a freshman and was on the SEC Academic Honor Roll a year ago.
Utley, who hails from Huntington Beach, California, met the NCAA B/NIC A Standard in both the 100 (53.66) and 200 (1:57.55) fly—setting a school record in the latter event—and has also recorded NIC B Standards in the 500 free (4:56.93), and 100 (56.55) and 200 (2:03.17) back this season. She has won the 200 fly at three different meets while posting five individual victories in 2022-23, and she ranks among the top 10 on Vandy’s all-time performer list in the 100 fly and 500 free as well. Utley, who is majoring in both classical Mediterranean studies and medicine, health and society, was named a second-team CSCAA Scholar All-American and to the First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll last season.
Student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.50 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and have at least sophomore standing both academically and athletically in order to be eligible for Academic All-District® honors.