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Swimming & Diving Lands Four On America East All-Academic Team

Bearcats land a student-athlete on each team for third consecutive year

March 14, 2013


Swimming & Diving Lands Four On America East All-Academic Team

America East Release

Contact: Terrence Lollie (tlollie@binghamton.edu)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the third consecutive year the Binghamton men’s and women’s swimming and diving team placed a student-athlete on the 2013 America East All-Academic Team, as announced by the conference Wednesday afternoon. Every season since the team’s inception in 2006, Binghamton has landed a swimmer or diver on the unit which now includes Justin Mattison, Aaron Budner, Collin Figus and Imani Williams.

Williams, a theatre major with a 3.31 GPA, won gold on the three-meter board at the America East Championship last month to highlight Binghamton’s selections. The sophomore diver from Syracuse, N.Y. had a historic performance becoming the first BU diver (men or women) to win a gold medal at the conference championship. She broke a six-year old school record (Katherine Hassfurter, 270.60) in the process with a score of 272.80. The all-conference diver also captured bronze on the one-meter board at the Championship.

Mattision, a senior from nearby Horseheads, N.Y., was named to the All-Academic Team for the third straight year, joining Brenno Varanda (2007-09) and Dan Feeley (2010-12) as the only Binghamton student-athletes to accomplish the feat. Mattison achieved a 3.57 GPA as political science major while completing the best performance of his career at the conference meet. The fourth-year diver captured a silver one-meter board and a bronze on the three-meter, after recording finalist finishes in both diving events his first three seasons.

Figus

Figus garnered his first appearance on the All-Academic Team after placing third in the 400 IM at the conference meet, earning all-conference honors. The junior from St. Charles, Mo. is a Chinese and Political Studies double-major with a 3.67 GPA. Figus added a pair of finalist finishes in the 200 back and 200 IM to his bronze medal.

Budner capped his four-year career at Binghamton with first All-Academic Team selection. The senior captain from Rockville, Md. is an accounting major with a 3.31 GPA. At the 2013 conference meet Budner swam to three finalist finishes in the 200 IM, 100 fly and 200 fly.

Binghamton has placed 25 student-athletes on the America East All-Academic Team since its inception in the summer of 2005, including six America East Scholar Athletes. The men are only second to UMBC (33) all-time with 23 selections.

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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