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Bradford Earns League Academic Laurel

March 2, 2015

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Navy’s Ellen Bradford (Jr., Knoxville, Tenn.) has been selected as the 2015 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the sport of women’s swimming and diving. It is the second year in a row in which she has garnered the laurel, which was announced Monday by the league office.

In addition to Bradford’s accolade, Navy’s Ryan Bailey (So., Boardman, Ohio), Jonathan DeBaugh (Jr., Conroe, Texas) and Frank Love (Jr., Atlanta, Ga.) were named to the Patriot League All-Academic Team for men’s swimming and diving.

Initial nominees for both the Scholar-Athlete Award and the All-Academic Team must be at least sophomores in the classroom and carry a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.20.

Bradford, an honors systems engineering major, has posted a 4.00 GPA at Navy. Named a Third-Team Academic All-American last year by the College Sports Information Directors of America, she has received academic honors from the USNA in each of her five completed terms at Navy. This includes four-straight appearances on the Superintendent’s List.

Bradford’s success has not been limited to the classroom. She has earned First-Team All-Patriot League honors in each of her three seasons, which has helped the Mids run their winning streak of league titles to four in a row. Bradford has advanced to the championship final in each of the nine individual events she has competed in at the meet in her career. This includes victories in the 200 breaststroke in 2014 and ’15 and three-straight second-place showings in the 100 breast.

She is the fifth member of the program to have earned the accolade and joins Kelly Zahalka (2007-09) and Laura Gorinski (2011-13) as Mids who have won the award multiple times.

Bailey, an operations research major with a 3.94 cumulative GPA, received second-team all-league honors this season. He placed second in the 200 fly at the 2014 Patriot League Championship while also placing 12th in the 100 breast. He has recorded a 4.00 GPA in two of his three completed terms at Navy and has been named to the Superintendent’s List twice.

Debaugh repeated his placement on the all-academic team from last season. A three-time first-team all-league selection, the information technology major has attained a 3.26 GPA in the classroom at Navy and received academic honors from the USNA in all five of his semesters (one Superintendent’s List appearance). He is the second men’s swimmer in Patriot League history to have won both butterfly events at multiple league championships (2014, 2015).

Like teammate Bailey, Love is making his inaugural appearance on the all-academic team. He has compiled a 3.82 GPA as an honors systems engineering major. Love has attained a 4.00 GPA in three of his semesters and has received academic honors from the USNA five times, which includes being named to the Superintendent’s List once. Love won the consolation final on the three-meter board at this year’s Patriot League Championship. His score of 259.70 in the consolation final would have placed him sixth in the championship final. Love additionally finished in fifth place in the championship final of the one-meter board at the meet. This is after placing sixth on the one meter and eighth on the three meter at the 2014 edition of the league event.

Women’s Scholar-Athlete: Ellen Bradford, Navy
All-Patriot League Team (W): Ellen Bradford, Navy; Kristen Barta, Army; Kaitlyn Ruffing, Lehigh; Tara Boyle, Bucknell; Melissa Parker, American; Stephanie Nasson, Boston U.; Kelly Hamilton, Army; Rachel Perry, Bucknell; Lauren Perry, Bucknell; Caylee Watson, American

Men’s Scholar-Athlete: William Viana, Army
All-Patriot League Team (M): William Viana, Army; Jack Robinson, Bucknell; Jonathan DeBaugh, Navy; Ryan Bailey, Navy; Sean Brant, Lehigh; Greg Grewal, Lafayette; Frank Love, Navy; Dale Maholage, Loyola; Cole Puchi, Boston U., Louis Behnen, Bucknell

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