CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three UMBC swimming and diving athletes were named to the America East All-Academic Team, the conference office announced on Wednesday. Senior John Mendenhall (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) and junior Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelsmford) earned a spot on the men's squad, while junior Tara Morrissette (Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) was named to the women's team for the second straight year.
Mendenhall has maintained a 3.30 cumulative grade-point-average during his three and a half years at UMBC and is studying biological sciences. At the America East Championships, Mendenhall, a first time All-Academic honoree, won the 200 breaststroke in dramatic fashion by rallying in the final 25 yards to claim the gold. During the dual meet season, he won five individual events and helped the 200 medley relay team claim the top spot against George Washington.
For Eckhoff, this is his second straight year on the All-Academic team. In the classroom, Eckhoff has earned a 3.53 GPA while studying economics during his first three years in Baltimore. Named the Most Outstanding Male Diver at the America East Championships, Eckhoff, swept the 1-meter and 3-meter diving competitions for the Retrievers. During the dual meet season, the junior eight individual events and broke the UMBC school record in the 3-meter competition with a score of 361.20 against Drexel.
Joining Eckhoff on the list for the second straight year is Tara Morrissette. In her first three years on campus, Morrissette has maintained a 3.88 GPA while studying psychology. In the pool, the junior picked up three top-five finishes at the conference meet, including placing fourth in the 200-yard butterfly. She won one dual meet event this year, the 200 fly, against George Washington.