Swimming and Diving Lands Nine on #AESD All-Academic Teams

Photo by Zoë Pekins
Photo by Zoë Pekins

BOSTON, Mass. -  Nine members of the UMBC swimming and diving teams earned America East All-Academic Team honors, the conference announced Wednesday.

 

On the women's side, seniors Britt Driscoll (Wallingford, Conn.) and Maddy Popalis (East Petersburg, Pa.) earned honors for the second year in a row, joined by senior Laura Massicotte (Quebec City, Quebec) and sophomore Natalija Marin (Belgrade, Serbia).

 

Driscoll holds a 3.54 GPA as a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. She has earned semester academic honors in Spring 2017 and Fall 2017, while also being named to the President's List in Fall 2016. At this year's America East Championships, Driscoll finished fourth in the 200 fly, 500 free, and 400 IM.

 

As a Health Administration and Public Policy major, Popalis holds a 3.87 GPA. 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.

 

Massicotte earned a spot on the list after earning a 3.63 GPA as a mechanical engineering major. In her four years at UMBC, she earned semester honors in Spring 2016, Spring 2017, and Fall 2017, Dean's List in Spring 2018, and President's List in Fall 2018. In the pool, Massicotte earned a silver medal in the 200 IM and bronze in the 400 IM, earning All-Conference honors, while helping the Retrievers break the school record in the 200 free relay.

 

Marin holds a 3.81 GPA as a mechanical engineering major and earned semester academic honors in Fall 2017, Dean's List in Fall 2018, and President's List in Spring 2018. At this year's America East Championships, Marin took home gold in the 100 fly, where she tied Emily Escobedo's school record. She also earned silver in the 200 fly, bronze in the 200 free, and silver with the 400 medley relay team, and garnered All-Conference honors.

 

On the men's side, Connor Ganley (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph's), Alexander Gliese (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) and Ilia Rattsev (Moscow, Russia) earned honors for the second year in row, joined by Garrett Wlochowski (Manchester, Conn) and Elijah Wright (Baltimore, Md./Loyola Blakefield).

 

Ganley finds himself on the All-Academic Team again, holding a 3.97 GPA as a chemical engineering major. The senior is the two-time recipient of the America East Elite 18 Award and has been named to the President's List six times in his academic career. At this year's America East Championships, Ganley earned gold and set a personal-best in the 100 breast, while also earning a silver in the 200 breast. He also earned gold as a member of the 400 medley and 800 free relay teams.

Gliese earned a spot on the list with 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.

 

Rattsev holds a 3.96 GPA as a bioinformatics major and was named a CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-American last season. The senior holds the UMBC and America East record in the 50 free, resetting the mark at this year's championships and becoming the only male in school history to break the 20-second mark (19.85). He was also a member of the 200 medley relay team that broke the conference and school record on the opening night of the championships.

 

Wlochowski earned a spot on the list with a 3.36 GPA as a financial economics major, earning semester academic honors in Spring 2017 and Spring 2018. At this year's championships, Wlochowski took home gold in the 500 free and earned silver in the 100 and 200 back.

 

Wright holds a 3.38 GPA as a visual arts major and was named to the Dean's List in Fall 2018 and earned semester academic honors in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. This year, Wright was named the Most Outstanding Male Diver at the America East Championships after earning gold in the 1- and 3-meter dives.