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Seven Retrievers Named to America East Swimming and Diving All-Academic Team
Sophomore Katie Bean
Junior Patty Hallberg
Senior Tara Morrissette
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Ė Seven members of the UMBC swimming and diving teams, four men and three women, were named to the America East All-Academic Team, the conference office announced on Monday evening. The seven athletes are the most for any school in the conference.
Senior captain Andrew Eckhoff (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford), last yearís America East Swimming and Diving Scholar Athlete of the Year, heads a group of four Retrievers on the menís team, earning his third straight All-Academic mention. This season, Eckhoff repeated his success at the conference meet, once again sweeping the two diving competitions and earning Most Outstanding Male Diver honors. In addition, he qualified for the NCAA Zones meet for the second straight year, which will be held this weekend at Virginia Tech. In the classroom, Eckhoff has been equally as successful, earning a 3.44 grade-point-average (GPA) while studying for a degree in environmental science.
One of two unanimous selections to the team, junior Patrick Husson (Camp Springs, Md./DeMatha) lands on the All-Academic squad for the first time in his career. Competing at his first America East Championships, Husson claimed a bronze medal in the 200-yd. breaststroke while finishing sixth in the 100 breast and eighth in the 400 IM. Last summer, he competed in the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. Husson has achieved acclaim in the classroom as well, accumulating a 3.71 GPA while studying computer engineering and earning an Honors College certificate.
Sophomores Ryan Green (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) and Lauri Kaei (Harjumaa, Estonia/Tallinn Secondary Science) also earned spots on the conference squad. Green, a 3.78 GPA physics major, finished fifth in both of the diving events at the conference meet in Maine. In addition, he will join Eckhoff at the Zones meet after posting a career-best score of 318.075 in the 1-meter vs. West Virginia. Kaei has also seen success both in the pool and in the classroom, racking up a 3.95 GPA while studying for degrees in both political science, as well as philosophy. In the water, Kaei won a silver medal in the 100-yd. backstroke and a bronze medal in the 100-yd. butterfly at the conference meet. Kaei also helped the Retrievers win gold in the 200 and 400 free relay competitions.
For the women, two-time selection Tara Morrissette (Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) leads a trio of UMBC athletes on the conference All-Academic team. Competing at her final America East Championships, Morrissette reached the final in each of her three individual events, taking fourth in the 200 fly and fifth in both the 200- and 400- IM events. During the 400 IM, the senior set a new career-best, 2:04.28, which ranks as the third-fastest in school history. Morrissette continues to see success in her school work as well, as she has compiled a 3.91 GPA in completing a degree in psychology.
Sophomore Katie Bean (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) and junior Patty Hallberg (Severna Park, Md./Broadneck), meanwhile, earn a spot on the squad for the first time. Bean won her first conference title, the 1-meter diving competition, and garnered a silver medal in the 3-meter event to claim Most Outstanding Female Diver accolades in Maine. During the dual meet season, she won four events and posted a career-best 1-meter score of 268.35 to qualify for the Zones competition. Through her second year at UMBC, Bean has earned 3.82 GPA while studying financial economics.
Hallberg earns a spot on the All-Academic squad with an impressive combination as a student-athlete. In her studies, the junior has earned a 3.88 GPA while working towards a degree in psychology. She has been named to the Presidentís List twice for having a perfect 4.0 GPA during the semester twice, in addition to garnering a spot on the Deanís List once. In the pool, Hallberg swam season-best times in each of her three events at the conference championships, placing as high as sixth in the 400 IM.