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BU swimming & diving has five student-athletes named to the America East All-Academic Squads

Teams are highlighted by champions Joe Perez-Rogers and Amanda Ciccone

March 16, 2011

BU swimming & diving has five student-athletes named to the America East All-Academic Squads

America East Release

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Five Binghamton University swimming and diving student-athletes were named to the 2011 America East Swimming and Diving All-Academic Teams, as announced by the conference Wednesday. Juniors Joe Perez-Rogers and Dan Feeley and sophomores Tim Cabasino and Justin Mattison were named to the men’s squad, while senior Amanda Ciccone was named to the women’s.

“Both of our teams are filled with student-athletes willing to endure the rigors of Binghamton’s academic standards while they work for great results in our sport,” head coach Sean Clark said. “It is not surprising that we have some true standouts, and we are lucky to present them as true role models.”

Both teams were highlighted by gold-medal performances from Perez-Rogers and Ciccone, each were the only champion on their respective squads. Ciccone is the first Binghamton female swimmer to be named to the team since its inception in the summer of 2005, while Perez-Rogers is making his second straight appearance.

“Amanda and Joe have been particularly dedicated to achieving their maximum potential in and out of the pool since they arrived at Binghamton,” Clark continued. “It’s always nice to have some incredibly positive recognition, and all five are very deserving.”

At the 2011 America East Swimming and Diving Championships, Perez-Rogers swam to a record-setting performance in the 100-yard backstroke. He took gold in a time of 49.07, breaking the conference and meet records. Perez-Rogers also finished third in the 100 free, earning him all-conference honors.

Ciccone was equally as impressive at the championships taking gold in the 100-yard butterfly. Her first-place time of 54.99 gave BU its first women’s champion since 2005 (Huijue Cai). Ciccone also touched third in the 100 free, closing out her all-conference meet.

The trio of Cabasino, Feeley and Mattison scored significant points for Binghamton at the championships. Cabasino had a busy weekend swimming on four relay teams, including a leg on two second-place finishes in the 400 free and 400 medley relays, upsetting powerhouse UMBC in both. He also earned finalist honors in the 100 breast and 50 free, finishing sixth and eighth, respectively. Feeley, earning his second consecutive nomination, swam to finalist honors in the 200 and 500 free, finishing sixth and eighth, respectively. Mattison took fourth on the meter board and eighth in the three-meter dive, earning finalist honors in both.

The four male scholar-athletes earning recognition gave Binghamton its most on the squad since 2007 when six swimmers were honored by the conference. BU led all male nominations with four, ahead of UMBC (3), Boston University, Maine and Stony Brook all with one each.

The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Director meetings, where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference’s nine member institutions decided to honor the league’s top student-athletes, whom excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.

For the third 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.

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