UMBC Lands Four Athletes on America East Cross Country All-Academic Squads

America East Release

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – Junior All-Conference selection Brandan McGee(Hiram, Ohio/Crestwood) headlined a group of four Retrievers named to the America East All-Academic Team, the conference office announced on Tuesday afternoon.  McGee was joined on the men's team by classmate Vinny DiSalvo (Washingtonville, N.Y./Washingtonville), as well as sophomore Eric Schuler(Columbia, Md./Reservoir) while junior Kirsten McGovern (Sykesville, Md./Century) represented UMBC on the women's squad.  With four athletes named to the two teams, UMBC ties Hartford and Stony Brook for the most athletes recognized.

For McGee, the honor comes just two weeks after placing seventh overall at the conference meet in Durham, N.H. where he earned a spot on the America East All-Conference squad.  During the 2012 season, McGee paced the Retrievers in five of seven races, including each of the last three competitions.  At the Princeton Invitational on Oct. 13, the junior broke the UMBC school record for 8K races by completing the course in 24:45.65.  In the classroom, McGee has accumulated a 3.39 grade-point average while double majoring in economics as well as health administration and policy. 

Junior Vinny DiSalvo

DiSalvo and Schuler led the way for the Retrievers in the only two meets this season in which McGee did not score.  DiSalvo finished ahead of his teammates for the first time in his career at the five-mile Towson Invitational at Oregon Ridge Park on Sept. 21 while Schuler replicated this feat the next week at the 8K Mason Invitational.

After not competing in the first two meets of the season, DiSalvo scored in four of the final five competitions for the Retrievers, including the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships at Penn State last week.  The junior has been diligent in his studies as well, earning a 3.79 GPA while studying for a degree in mechanical engineering.  In his first two years at UMBC, DiSalvo has earned a spot on the President's List twice for having a perfect 4.0 GPA during the semester and also garnered semester academic honors on one other occasion.

Junior Vinny DiSalvo

Meanwhile, Schuler competed in six meets this year, missing only the Towson Invitational, scoring four times, one of which came during a 16th place finish at the America East Championships.  In the classroom, Schuler earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during his freshman year at UMBC, earning a spot on the President's List during the Fall 2011 semester.

McGovern represents the women's team after leading the team once this season and scoring in six of the Retrievers' seven competitions.  The junior paced the squad, her first time doing so, at the 5K Towson Invitational, finishing the course in a personal-best time of 19:08.83 which ranks tenth all-time in school history.  At the America East meet, McGovern was the second Retriever across the line, placing 43rd overall with a 6K time of 18:38.43.

In her first two years in Baltimore, McGovern has compiled a 3.94 grade-point-average while studying for a degree in environmental science.  In addition, the junior has been working towards a minor in linguistics and earning an honors college certificate.  McGovern has earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during of three of her four terms at UMBC, garnering a mention on the President's List once as well as a spot on the Dean's List on one occasion.

Sophomore Eric Schuler