Three UMBC Athletes Tabbed As America East Winter Scholar-Athletes

Three UMBC Athletes Tabbed As America East Winter Scholar-Athletes

BOSTON - Three UMBC student-athletes earned America East Winter Scholar-Athlete honors for the 2018-19 campaigns.

Basketball's Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) and swimming and diving's Maddy Popalis (East Petersburg, Pa.) and Alexander Gliese (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) each earned the top honor for their respective sports in their final years of competition.  

Sherburne was named the 2018-19 Academic All-America Men's Basketball Team Member of the Year as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He the first student-athlete in any sport in conference history to be honored as the Member of the Year. The graduate student earned America East First Team accolades in 2018-19, leading the Retrievers in scoring (13.9) and rebounding (5.6) and setting school records for games played and started (136/128) and minutes played (4,244).

Sherburne, who earned his undergraduate degree in financial economics and is currently pursuing a master's program in data science, has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average throughout his tenure at UMBC. He is currently second on UMBC's all-time list in treys (266), sixth in points (1,563) and tenth in rebounds (611).

As a Health Administration and Public Policy major, Popalis holds a 3.87 GPA and is a two-time America East All-Academic Team honoree. She earned semester academic honors in Fall 2015, was named to the Dean's List in Spring 2016, Fall 2016, and Fall 2017, and the President's List in Spring 2017, Spring 2018, and Fall 2018. Popalis earned a gold medal at this year's America East Championships in the 100 breast, earning All-Conference honors. She was also a member of the 200 free relay team that broke the UMBC program record. Popalis also took home gold with the 200 medley and 400 free relay teams.

Gliese, another two-time America East All-Academic Team selection, holds a 3.73 GPA as a mechanical engineering major. The senior has earned semester academic honors in Fall 2015 and 2016, Dean's List in Spring 2018 and Fall 2018, and President's List in Spring 2017 and Fall 2017. Gliese was also named a CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-American after last season. In the pool this season, Gliese broke two America East and UMBC records in the 100 and 200 back at this year's conference championships, earning Most Outstanding Male Swimmer and the Dave Alexander Coaches' Award. The senior also broke a UMBC pool record in the 100 back, resetting Michael Phelps' 16-year-old pool record. 

The Scholar-Athletes were members of teams in the six championship sports which America East sponsored in the winter season including men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming & diving and men's and women's outdoor track & field. Nominees were put forward by their institution, which could nominate up to one student-athlete per sport, then voted upon by the conference's Student-Athlete Engagement committee. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carried a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 through the fall 2018 semester.

Sport Scholar-Athletes are automatically eligible for the America East Female or Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards, which will be announced in July.

America East is proud to have one of the most comprehensive academic awards programs in the country, which honors over two-thirds of its student-athletes for their success in the classroom. 

About America East: The America East provides its member schools and their athletic programs a platform upon which student-athletes can achieve both collegiate and life success through the promotion and nurturing of athletic excellence, academic achievement and leadership, on and off the field.