Keilan Freeman Named to Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team

Senior Keilan Freeman
Senior Keilan Freeman

BALTIMORE—UMBC senior swimmer Keilan Freeman (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) has been named to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America University Division At-Large First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Tuesday.


Freeman becomes the just the sixth Retriever to earn multiple Academic All-America citations and the fourth to earn First Team honors. He earned a Second Team citation in 2009-10. Overall, UMBC has had 19 student-athletes honored with 25 citations.


Freeman was a member of the four America East Championship-winning teams with the Retrievers and in 2011, was part of the men's 800-yard freestyle relay that broke the UMBC, America East Championship and Germantown Indoor Swim Center records in an NCAA consideration time of 6:34.28. He was also part of three additional medal-winning relays, including the 200-yard medley relay that broke the school mark and took home silver.


Individually at the conference championships, Freeman placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle, seventh in the 100-yard freestyle and 14th in the 400-yard individual medley.


Freeman was recognized on the 2010 and 2011 America East All-Academic squads and has been listed on the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll three times. Freeman, who was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honors Society, as well as Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society last spring, has been named on the Dean's List every semester at UMBC and the President's List seven times. He earned the Maryland Association of College Directors of Athletics (MACDA) Division I postgraduate scholarship last month and graduated in May with a 3.98 cumulative GPA in mechanical engineering will be pursuing a graduate degree at Stanford University in the fall.


The Men's At-Large program for the Academic All-America includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis and water polo. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.