Garcia is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.92 grade point average. He is also a nine-time All-American and this summer became the first diver ever to successfully defend the NCAA platform diving championship, scoring a meet record 635.05 points.
"I knew that I'd that academics far beyond my athletic career as my degree is what would get me through the rest of my life," Garcia said. "My degree was my first priority when I came to college. Being a student-athlete has taught me so much about what I can expect in life-being a leader, being a hard worker, enjoying what you do and always giving your best."
Along with the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year Award, Garcia also received the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholarship Award, which honors the Southeastern Conference's top student athlete.
This is Garcia's third year to be named to the Academic All-America team, which is the most any student athlete can be named to the group.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field as well as in the classroom. The individuals are selected by CoSIDA, which is a 2,000-member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
To be considered eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or a key reserve. He or she must also maintain a GPA of 3.2 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and be nominated by his or her sports information director.
Garcia heled the Tigers defend their national championship as the leading scorer of any diver at the NCAA Championships.