Swimming and Diving Lands Ten on America East All-Academic Teams

Photo by Zoë Pekins
Photo by Zoë Pekins

BOSTON, Mass. – Ten members of the UMBC swimming and diving teams earned America East All-Academic Team honors, the conference announced Wednesday.

 

On the women's side, senior Allison Atkinson (Arnold, Md./Archbishop Spalding), and juniors Britt Driscoll (Wallingford, Conn.) and Maddy Popalis (East Petersburg, Pa.) were selected.

 

Atkinson holds a 3.88 overall GPA as a biological sciences major. At this year's America East Championships, Atkinson was the recipient of the America East Elite 18 Award, which is presented to the competing student-athlete with the highest GPA. During her time at UMBC, she has been named to the President's List four times and was named to the America East Commissioner's Honor roll in 2016-17. Athletically, she finished seventh in the 100 fly at this year's America East championships

 

After transferring from New Hampshire, Driscoll holds a 3.78 GPA as a biochemistry major. She was named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2016-17, President's List in fall 2016, and earned Semester Academic Honors twice. In the pool, Driscoll earned two silver medals at the America East Championships in 200 IM and 200 fly, while helping the women to a gold in the 800 free relay and silver medal in the 400 free relay.

 

Poplis earns a spot on the list after earning a 3.81 GPA in Health Administration and Policy. The junior has been named to the Dean's List three times, President's List, and earned America East Commissioner's Honor Roll honors in 2016-17. Athletically, Popalis took home silver in the 200 breast at this year's championships, while also earning bronze in the 100 breast. She was also a member of the 400 medley relay team that earned silver and the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay teams that earned bronze.

 

The men garnered seven selections on the All-Academic team: senior Philip Adejumo (Elkridge, Md./Howard), junior Connor Ganely (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph's), junior Alexander Gliese (Columbia, Md./Long Reach), senior Kyle Paxton (Bel Air, MD./C. Milton Wright), sophomore Ilia Rattsev (Moscow, Russia), senior Nikola Trajkovic (Zrenjanin, Serbia), and senior Jared Vance (Finksburg, Md./Westminster). 

 

Adejumo was selected to the list after earning a 3.52 GPA as a biochemistry major. The senior was named to the President's List, Dean's List, and earned semester academic honors. In the pool, Adejumo broke the school record in the 100 fly en route to helping the Retrievers earn the America East title. He was a member of the 200 medley relay team that broke the UMBC and America East records, while also earning gold in the 400 medley relay, 800 free relay, and the 200 fly.

 

Ganley holds a 3.96 GPA as a chemical engineering major. He was the male recipient of the Elite 18 Award at the America East Championships and been named to the President's or Dean's List five times. Athletically, Ganley earned silver in the 200 IM, 200 free, and 200 breast at this year's championships. He also helped the Retrievers to gold medals in the 200 free and 400 free relays.

 

Gliese earned a spot on the team with a 3.75 GPA as a mechanical engineering major. The junior was named a CSCAA Academic All-America in 2015-16, has been named to the President's List twice, and has earned semester academic honors twice. At the America East Championships this year, Gliese set an America East record in the 200 back, breaking former Retriever Mohamed Huessin's record. He was also a member of the 200 medley relay team that set a new school and conference record. Gliese also took home gold in the 100 back, 500 free, 800 free relay, 400 medley relay, and 400 free relay.

 

Paxton was recognized for having a 3.48 GPA as a financial economics major, being named to the Dean's List, and earning semester academic honors three times. In the pool, Paxton earned a silver medal in the 100 breast, a bronze in the 200 breast, and helped the 200 free relay tam earn a gold medal.

 

Rattsev earns a spot on the team with a 3.92 GPA as a bioinformatics major. The sophomore has been named to the President's or Dean's List three times. In the pool, Rattsev swept the sprint free disciplines at this year's America East Championships. He broke the school record in the 50 free in a time of 20.00 and earned gold in the 100 and 200 free. He also helped the men set a school and conference record in the 200 medley relay, while also helping the 200 and 400 free relay, and 400 medley relay teams to earn first place as well.

 

Trajkovic holds a 3.34 GPA as a financial economics major. He was named a CSCAA All-American in 2015-16 and has earned semester academic honors twice. Athletically, he swept the individual medley at the America East Championships, earning gold in the 200 and 400. He also took home bronze in the 200 free and helped the Retrievers to gold medals in the 800 free relay. Trajkovic was awarded with the Dave Alexander Coaches' Award at the end of the meet for most points by a senior in the championship.

 

Vance was selected to the list after holding a 3.50 GPA in business technology administration. The senior has been named the President's or Dean's List three times and has earned semester academic honors twice. In the pool, Vance earned a bronze medal in the 100 breast, while also helping the team set a school and conference record in the 200 medley relay. He was also a member of the 200 free relay team that won gold.