March 14, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Eight members of the Boston University swimming and diving teams were named to the 2012 America East Swimming and Diving All-Academic Teams, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday afternoon.
Five women and three men represented the Terriers, the 2012 America East Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Champions, on the All-Academic Teams. Seniors Amanda Schmitz and Kristen Connors both earned the honor for the second straight year and were joined by juniors Kara Zebrowski and Katie Radin and sophomore Kendra Cheng.
On the men's side, a trio of sophomores from BU was selected, as Jared Scheck, James Sundquist and Wesley Pate all received the honor for the first time.
The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Directors meeting where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference's nine member institutions decided to honor the league's top student-athletes, who excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.
For the fourth straight year, America East will select the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA's Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.
All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time or are made up of 10 student-athletes for individual sports. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team's games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.