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Ciccone and Perez-Rogers awarded America East Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athletes

Second time in program history BU has swept the awards

April 21, 2011


Ciccone and Perez-Rogers awarded America East Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athletes

America East Release

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Amanda Ciccone and Joe Perez-Rogers were named America East swimming and diving Scholar-Athletes, as announced by the conference Thursday. It’s the second time in program history that Binghamton has swept the honor, the first coming back in 2005 when Robert Kaczynski and Huijue Cai won the award. The Bearcat duo were among six student athletes honored by the conference for their performances both in their respective sports as well as in the classroom.

A committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives chose an honoree in each of the six winter championship sports. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.20. Binghamton was the only one of the nine member institutions to have more than one honoree.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have both Joe and Amanda in our program,” head coach Sean Clark said. “They epitomize the idea of the student-athlete. I have been impressed with their abilities to focus their strengths in many different areas, and it is a joy to work with them. Both Joe and Amanda have the force of character that we like to have around.”

Ciccone, a senior with a 3.68 GPA, will graduate in May with a degree in financial economics. She is a 2011 America East Champion in the 100 butterfly, who also finished third in the 100 freestyle and fifth in the 200 IM at the conference meet. Ciccone was named to the 2011 America East All-Academic Team and received the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete award in 2010.

Ciccone, the first Bearcat to earn a gold medal at the America East Championships since 2005 (Huijue Cai), was also the first BU female swimmer named to the America East All-Academic since it’s inception in 2006. Last year, Ciccone was named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll and in 2009 was inducted into the National College Athlete Honors Society. She is the third BU women’s swimmer to earn the honor (Cai 2005, Yun Qu 2004).

Perez-Rogers is a junior bioengineering major with a 3.53 GPA. At the 2011 America East Swimming and Diving Championship, he won the gold medal in the 100 backstroke and finished third in the 100 freestyle. Perez-Rogers was also a member of the 400 free relay and 400 medley relay teams which both took home second place this year. He is a two-time America East All-Academic Team award recipient.

Perez-Rogers won the 100 back at the AE Championships in style, breaking the conference and meet record with a sizzling time of 49.07. He was named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll and inducted into the National College Athlete Honors Society in 2010. Perez-Rogers is the fourth BU men’s swimmer to win the award. A Binghamton male swimmer won the award every year from 2005 to 2008 (Kaczynski 2005, Brian Koizim 2006 & 2007, Brenno Varanda 2008).

Since Binghamton joined the America East in 2001, Binghamton has had 25 America East Scholar-Athletes. This marks the second time this year that Binghamton has had multiple winners in the same season. Last fall, Chris Gaube (Cross Country) and Michelle McDonough (Volleyball) took home Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors in their respective sports.

NOTE: By sweeping the Scholar-Athlete awards, Binghamton is the first school in America East history to win both of the Coaching Staff of the Year and Scholar-Athlete honors in the same season.

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