Twenty Named to Swimming & Diving All-Academic Squads

Release: 03/11/2009
Courtesy: America East Communications
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. -- Ten men and ten women have been named to the America East Swimming & Diving All-Academic teams as announced by the conference office on Wednesday, March 11. Six member institutions and 15 different academic majors are represented between both the men’s and women’s squads.

Five all-conference honorees were tabbed All-Academic on the men’s side. Binghamton University’s Brenno Varanda (St. Petersburgh, Fla.), Boston University’s Bryon Kallert (New Milford, N.J.), University of Maine’s Jeremy Bender (St. Paul, Minn.) and Kevin Staples (Rye, N.Y.), UMBC’s Keilan Freeman (Calgary, Alberta), Peter Sterber (Frederick, Md.) and Zach Vonder Haar (Gahanna, Ohio), and Stony Brook University’s Gal Eldor (South Setauket, N.Y.), Lukasz Ochmanski (Lodz, Poland) and Jack Schursky (Rye, N.Y.) were all named to the squad.

Six all-conference performers from the America East Championship were named to the women’s All-Academic Team. The team consists of Boston University’s Emily Munday (Butte, Mont.), Brigette O’Shaughnessy (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Christina Ruggerio (Wilmington, Del.), UMBC’s Teresa Kaplanova (Prague, Czech Republic), Lindsay Sherman (Bethany, Conn.) and Daniele Surkovich (Ellicott City, Md.), Stony Brook’s Rebecca Sayles (Calgary, Alberta), Anastasiya Kiryushkina (Moscow, Russia) and Adrienne Policht (Mississauga, Canada) and Vermont’s Molly MacMilan (Doylestown, Pa.)

The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Director meetings, where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference’s nine member institutions decided to honor the league’s top student-athletes, whom excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.  

For the last two academic years, the All-Academic Team has been selected based on a formula. Starting this year, America East has adopted a more subjective approach based on feedback from various coaches’ groups and administrators and approval by the athletic directors. The process will now resemble the CoSIDA’s Academic All-America program. Student-athletes worthy of consideration will now be nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.

All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time or are made up of 10 student-athletes for individual sports. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team’s games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshman are not eligible for consideration.