BALTIMORE—UMBC swimming and diving senior Keilan Freeman (Calgary, Alberta, Canada/Argyll Centre) has earned a pair of prestigious academic honors. He has been named the 2011 recipient of the Maryland Association of College Directors of Athletics (MACDA) Division I postgraduate scholarship, the organization announced Thursday. He has been also honored on the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District II At-Large First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Freeman will now receive consideration for Academic All-America honors for the second consecutive year after being selected as one of ten men in District II to earn first team all-district honors. He earned CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team honors in 2009-10.
The sports in the at-large category include: Women's Bowling; Women's Crew; Men's and Women's Fencing; Women's Field Hockey; Men's and Women's Golf; Men's and Women's Gymnastics; Men's and Women's Ice Hockey; Men's and Women's Lacrosse; Men's and Women's Rifle; Men's and Women's Skiing; Men's and Women's Swimming; Men's and Women's Tennis; Men's Volleyball; Men's and Women's Water Polo; and Men's Wrestling.
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 six times. He has a 3.98 cumulative GPA, will graduate Monday with a degree in mechanical engineering and will be pursuing a graduate degree at Stanford University in the fall.
The MACDA scholarships recognize three student-athletes for superior work in class and on the field. The honorees represent three Maryland institutions of higher learning and differing levels of NCAA or NJCAA competition, one from a Division I program, one from a Division II or III institution, and one from a two-year college who will be attending a four-year college or university the following fall. Each recipient will receive a one-time grant of $500 upon their enrollment in a post-graduate program.
To be eligible, student-athletes must possess a minimum 3.2 grade-point average in undergraduate studies, excel in a varsity sport, participate in leadership activities beyond the playing field and plan to further their education.