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FOUR UMBC MENíS SWIMMERS SELECTED TO AMERICA EAST WINTER ALL-ACADEMIC SQUAD
Boston-Four Retriever menís swimmers were selected to the America East winter all-academic team, the conference announced Wednesday, most among all winter sports at UMBC. Eleven UMBC fall athletes overall were named to their respective squads.
Seniors Adam Blais (Westbrook, Maine/Westbrook) and Geza Szabo (Szolnok, Hungary/Ady Endre Gimnazium), junior Tim Conway (Brick, N.J./Brick Township Memorial) and sophomore Scott Auchter (Wernersville, Pa./Wilson) represent the Retriever menís swimming and diving team, making up four-fifths of the all-academic squad.
Blais was on the winning 800-free relay team and the second-place 200- and 400-free relays at the America East Championships in February, while Szabo took silver in both the 100- and 200-fly and 400-medley relay and bronze in the 200-medley relay.
Also representing UMBC on the all-academic squads are seniors Adam Grossman and Aaron Smith and sophomore Aaron James from menís indoor track and field; senior Jerrell Dinkins and sophomore Brian Hodges from menís basketball; and juniors Jenelle Wilson Francine Ward from womenís indoor track and field.
With its 11 winter all-academic team members, UMBC tied with
This marks the first time the America East has named All-Academic teams for each of its winter sports. The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Director meetings. Faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conferenceís nine member institutions decided to honor some of the leagueís top athletes that are also quality students.
Each All-Academic Team has been selected based on the student-athleteís academic and athletic accomplishments. Academic achievement for consideration requires student-athletes to have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 entering the season. Athletic accomplishment standards vary between team sports and individual sports. For team sports, student-athletes are required to be a nomination on the post-season awards ballot, which is determined by the leagueís head coaches. For track and field and swimming and diving, student-athletes are required to be a top-three finisher at the conference championship meet. Team size for team sports is based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time (e.g., five on the court for basketball). In the event that the number of student-athletes meeting the requirements is greater than the number that participate in a contest at one time, all-conference vote totals were used as the tie-breaking criteria. Team size for individual sports is determined by the number of all-conference honorees who possess the minimum academic requirement.
Scott Auchter, UMBC
Adam Blais, UMBC
Tim Conway, UMBC
Geza Szabo, UMBC