CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Eleven men and women have been named to the 2012-13 America East Swimming & Diving All-Academic teams. The conference office has announced these honors to acknowledge the excellence of these student-athletes in both their academic and athletic endeavors.
Five of the eleven men’s All-Academic selections were All-Conference performers at this year’s America East swimming & diving championships. Highlighting this group is Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass.) of UMBC who won two individual gold medals and was name the meet’s Most Outstanding Male Diver. Eckhoff also earned his third consecutive All-Academic selection. His teammate, Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia), was also a gold medalist.
The men’s team featured three more All-Conference performers, led by a pair of Binghamton student-athletes. Colin Figus (St. Charles, Mo.) and fellow Bearcat Justin Mattison (Horseheads, N.Y.) found themselves on the podium as did UMBC’s Patrick Husson (Camp Springs, Md.), who was a unanimous selection. Mattison also joins Eckhoff with his third-straight All-Academic selection.
Rounding out the men’s academic honorees are six first-time selections, including a unanimous selection from Maine, Robbie Bickford (Milford, Maine). The other five men are Binghamton’s Aaron Budner (Rockville, Md.), Maine’s Connor Devers (North Attleboro, Mass.), UMBC’s Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md.), and Boston University teammates Wesley Pate (Duluth, Ga.) and James Sundquist (East Aurora, N.Y.).
The women’s All-Academic team boasts seven All-Conference performers and four repeat selections. Headlining the group of All-Conference swimmers and divers is Katie Mann, who broke the America East record in the 200-yard breaststroke and recently was named to the NCAA Championship field.
The 2013 Most Outstanding Diver, UMBC’s Katie Bean (Mechanicsville, Md.), joins Vermont teammates Kailey Gardner (Ithaca, N.Y.) and Chelsea Krisanda (Webster, N.Y.), Maine’s Naja Harvey (Orono, Minn.), New Hampshire’s Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) and Binghamton’s Imani Williams (Syracuse, N.Y.).
The final three members of the women’s All-Academic team includes two repeat selections – Maine’s Carmen Linden (Ottawa, Ontario) and UMBC’s Tara Morrissette (Somersworth, N.H.) – and two first-time selections in Nicole Anderson (Dover, N.H.) of New Hampshire and UMBC’s Patty Hallberg (Severna Park, Md.).
The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Directors meeting where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference’s nine member institutions decided to honor the league’s top student-athletes, who excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.
For the fourth 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.