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Boston U. junior Kristen Connors was one of four women to earn both all-academic and all-conference honors in 2011.
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America East Announces Swimming & Diving All-Academic Squads

Release: 03/16/2011
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.— The America East Conference office announced the 2011 Swimming and Diving All-Academic teams Wednesday. The teams feature 10 men and 10 women who represent the best of America East both academically and athletically.

The men’s all-academic team is highlighted by Binghamton University junior Joe Perez-Rogers (Shokan, N.Y./Onteora), who won gold in the 100-yard backstroke  at the 2011 America East Championship. He is joined on the all-academic team by fellow all-conference selections UMBC junior diver Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford), UMBC senior swimmer Keilan Freeman (Calgary, Alberta, Canada/Argyll Centre) and Boston University senior swimmer Bryon Kallert (New Milford, N.J./New Milford).

For Freeman and Kallert, this is their third selection to the America East All-Academic team. Both were selected as standout scholars in 2009 and 2010. Other returnees to the all-academic team include Binghamton junior Dan Feeley (Rye, N.Y./Rye), Stony Brook University junior Zackery Good (Columbus, Ind./Columbus North H.S.), UMBC senior Phillip Novotny (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) and Perez-Rogers, who all made the team in 2010. University of Maine senior Jeremy Bender (St. Paul, Minn./Highland Park) also appears on the all-academic team for the second time after he was selected to the team as a sophomore in 2009.

Binghamton sophomores Tim Cabasino (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach) and Justin Mattison (Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads) round out the men’s team.

On the women’s side, Binghamton senior Amanda Ciccone (Suffern, N.Y./Suffern) leads the field after taking the gold medal in the 100-yard butterfly at the 2011 America East Championship meet. She is joined on both the all-conference team and all-academic team by Boston U. senior Sarah Colton (Wheatfield, N.Y./Niagara Wheatfield), Boston U. junior Kristen Connors (Mansfield, Mass./Bishop Feehan) and UMBC sophomore Tara Morrissette (Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas).

Colton and Connors both are making their second appearances on the all-academic squad after selections to the team in 2010. Their Terrier teammate, junior Amanda Schmitz (Pleasanton, Calif./Foothill), and Stony Brook senior Anastasiya Kiryushkina (Moscow, Russia/Korolev Secondary) also return to the all-academic squad. Schmitz made the team in 2010 while Kiryushkina appeared on the all-academic team in 2009.

The remaining four selections, University of Vermont juniors Kaitlyn Evarts (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes) and Avery Pittman (Raleigh, N.C./Enloe), Stony Brook junior Darcy Heuser (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville H.S.) and Maine senior Caitlin Shelley (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarie), all were selected to the all-academic team for the first time.

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 third straight year, America East will select the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA’s Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a 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. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.

Men’s Swimming and Diving All-Academic Team
Name, Cl., School, Hometown/High School, GPA, Major   

Jeremy Bender (1), Sr., Maine, St. Paul, Minn./Highland Park, 3.82, Marine Sciences
Tim Cabasino, So., Binghamton, Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach, 3.31, Psychobiology
Andrew Eckhoff, So., UMBC, Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford, 3.54, Economics
Dan Feeley (2), Jr., Binghamton, Rye, N.Y./Rye, 3.78, Accounting
Keilan Freeman (3), Sr., UMBC, Calgary, Alberta, Canada/Argyll Centre, 3.98, Mechanical Engineering
Zackery Good (2), Jr., Stony Brook, Columbus, Ind./Columbus North H.S., 3.35, Marine Science
Bryon Kallert (3), Sr., Boston U., New Milford, N.J./New Milford, 3.50, Business Administration and Management
Justin Mattison, So., Binghamton, Horseheads, N.Y./Horseheads, 3.46, Political Science
Phillip Novotny (2), Sr., UMBC, Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde, 3.57, Mechanical Engineering
Joe Perez-Rogers (2), Jr., Binghamton, Shokan, N.Y./Onteora, 3.53, Bioengineering
Women’s Indoor Swimming and Diving All-Academic Team
Name, Cl., School, Hometown/Previous School, GPA, Major

Amanda Ciccone, Sr., Binghamton, Suffern, N.Y./Suffern, 3.68, Financial Economics
Sarah Colton (2), Sr., Boston U., Wheatfield, N.Y./Niagara Wheatfield, 3.52, Business Administration and Management
Kristen Connors (2), Jr., Boston U., Mansfield, Mass./Bishop Feehan, 3.68, Graphic Design
Kaitlyn Evarts, Jr., Vermont, Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes, 3.70, Civil Engineering
Darcy Heuser, Jr., Stony Brook, Centerville, Ohio/Centerville H.S., 3.35, Studio Art
Anastasiya Kiryushkina (1), Sr., Stony Brook, Moscow, Russia/Korolev Secondary, 3.92, Business Management/Theater Arts
Tara Morrissette, So., UMBC, Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas, 3.78, Psychology
Avery Pittman, Jr., Vermont, Raleigh, N.C./Enloe, 3.51, Environmental Studies
Amanda Schmitz (2), Jr., Boston U., Pleasanton, Calif./Foothill, 3.47, Health Sciences
Caitlin Shelley, Sr., Maine, Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarie, 3.65, Psychology

(1) - All-Academic Selection, 2009
(2) - All-Academic Selection, 2010
(3) - All-Academic Selection, 2009 and 2010

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