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Swimming & Diving Lands Three on America East All-Academic Team

Dan Feeley, Justin Mattison and Jenna Easton recognized for academic excellence

March 14, 2012


Swimming & Diving Lands Three on America East All-Academic Team

America East Release

Contact: Terrence Lollie (sports@binghamton.edu)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Three Binghamton University swimming and diving student-athletes were named to the 2012 America East Swimming and Diving All-Academic Teams, as announced by the conference Wednesday. Senior Dan Feeley and junior Justin Mattison were name to the men’s squad, while senior Jenna Easton was named to the women’s.

Feeley, an accounting major, makes his third straight appearance on the All-Academic team and is the second Binghamton swimmer (Brenno Varanda ‘09) to accomplish the feat. At the 2012 America East Championship, Feeley swam to a pair of consolation finals victories. The senior from Rye, N.Y. touched ninth in the 200 and 500 free. He also helped the Bearcats swim to a pair of silver medals in the 400 and 800 free relays.

Mattison, from nearby Horseheads, N.Y., was named to the team for the second consecutive year. Mattison and Feeley were two of the three repeat selections on the men’s team. Diving in his third straight Championship, Mattison placed sixth on the three-meter board and seventh in the meter dive earning finalist honors. The pair of finalist finishes marks the third straight year that Mattison claimed a top-8 finish on both boards at the Championship.

Easton, a biology major, was one of two unanimous selections out of 20 honorees. At the 2012 America East Championship, Easton finished fifth on the meter board and seventh in the three-meter dive for a pair of finalist honors. The senior captain from Churchville, N.Y. closed out her outstanding career with her fourth straight finalist showing at the conference meet.

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 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.

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