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Eleven UMBC Swimming and Diving Student-Athletes Named to America East All-Academic Teams
Senior Scott Auchter has been named to the All-Academic team for the past three seasons.
Junior Tina Cantwell has been named to the All-Academic team for the second straight season.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—For the second straight year, 11 men and women have been selected to represent 2008 America East champion UMBC on the America East Swimming and Diving All-Academic teams, the conference announced Wednesday.
The Retrievers boasted the most student-athletes named to the teams in 2007, with six men and five women selected, and have repeated that feat in 2008 once again with six men and five women honored.
A three-time All-Academic team selection, senior Scott Auchter (
Kutt, the 2007 Most Outstanding Male Rookie, took gold in both the 100 and 200 backstrokes and was part of the third-place 400 medley relay along with Auchter, who claimed bronze in the 100 breaststroke and silver as part of the 200 medley relay.
Vonder Haar was a part of the 200 medley relay as well and also teamed with Mattingly to earn gold in the 400 freestyle relay and silver in the 200 freestyle relay along with Djukic, a two-time honoree. In addition, Mattingly claimed silver in the 200 individual medley and bronze in the 100 butterfly, while Sterba earned silver in the 200 butterfly.
On the women’s side, junior Tina Cantwell (
Cantwell repeated as the America East champion in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes for the second year in a row and was also part of the school and America East Championship record-setting 400 medley relay along with Kaplanova and Surkovich and also partook in the bronze medal-winning 200 medley relay with Kaplanova, Sherman, and Fitzpatrick.
Surkovich was also part of the America East champion and school record-setting 200 freestyle relay and silver medal 400 freestyle relay with Fitzpatrick, set a new America East Championship record in the 500 freestyle, claimed bronze in the 200 freestyle and was part of the silver medal-winning 800 freestyle relay.
Kaplanova also placed on the individual front, earning silver medals in both the 200 individual medley and the 200 breaststroke.
Both the UMBC men and women had the most men and women named to their respective academic squads, and also held the advantage for men and women combined, with Boston University ranking second among the schools with six total selections.
Each All-Academic Team has been selected based on the student-athlete’s 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 swimming & diving, student-athletes are required to be a top-three finisher at the conference championship meet. Team size for individual sports is determined by the number of all-conference honorees who possess the minimum academic requirement. Freshman are not eligible for the All-Academic Team.
Men's All-Academic Team
Name, School, GPA
Sean Lorenz, Binghamton, 3.50
Brenno Varanda, Binghamton, 3.47
Brian Koralewski, Binghamton, 3.20
Andre Watson, Boston U., 3.23
Eric Carlson, Boston U., 3.13
Rasmus Kutt, UMBC, 3.57
Zach Vonder Haar, UMBC, 3.54
P.J. Sterba, UMBC, 3.47
Scott Auchter, UMBC, 3.3
Milos Djukic, UMBC, 3.3
Matt Mattingly, UMBC, 3.07
Omer Ozcan, Stony Brook, 3.09
Alexander Kissel, Stony Brook, 3.06
Women's All-Academic Team
Name, School, GPA
Emily Munday, Boston U, 3.43
Tess Waresmith, Boston U., 3.33
Christina Ruggiero, Boston U., 3.30
Brigette O'Shaughnessy, Boston U., 3.25
Tereza Kaplanova, UMBC, 4.0
Lindsay Sherman, UMBC, 3.6
Daniele Surkovich, UMBC, 3.49
Tina Cantwell, UMBC, 3.43
Carly Fitzpatrick, UMBC, 3.31
Evelyn Yuen, New Hampshire, 3.92
Deanna Petchonka, New Hampshire, 3.55
Christine Tartaglia, New Hampshire, 3.48
Kary Goodman, New Hampshire, 3.28
Molly MacMillan, Vermont, 3.61