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Patriot League Announces Swimming and Diving Academic Honors

Mar. 2, 2015

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Navy junior Ellen Bradford repeated as the Corvias Patriot League Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Army senior William Viana was recognized with the equivalent men’s honor, the Patriot League announced on Monday.

The duo headlined a 10-person Men and Women’s Swimming and Diving Academic All-Patriot League Team. Bucknell landed three-student athletes on the women’s squad as seniors Tara Boyle and Lauren Perry were selected along with Nison sophomore Rachel Perry. Two other schools had multiple honorees as American senior Melissa Parker and sophomore Caylee Watson made the list along with Army senior Kristen Barta and sophomore Kelly Hamilton. Boston University junior Stephanie Nasson and Lehigh sophomore Kaitlyn Ruffing completed the squad.

Navy and Bucknell were the only schools with multiple honorees on the Men’s Swimming and Diving Academic All-Patriot League Team. The Mids were represented by juniors Jonathan Debaugh and Frank Love along with sophomoreRyan Bailey while Bucknell placed sophomores Louis Behnen and Jack Robinson. The rest of the squad consists of Boston University senior Cole Puchi, Lafyatte junior Greg Grewal, Lehigh senior Sean Brant and Loyola Maryland sophomore Dale Maholage.

The Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Academic All-Patriot League Teams honor student-athletes who excel in their sport and the classroom. The awards are voted on by Patriot League swimming and diving sports information directors, who could not select their own student-athletes.

Bradford enjoyed another impressive season for the Patriot League champion Mids to go with outstanding success in the classroom. The junior won the won the 200 breaststroke title at the league meet with a time of 2:18.03 and also finished in second place at the meet in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.42. Additionally, she placed fifth in the 200 IM and helped Navy win the league title in the 400 medley relay.

Bradford has made the Superintendent’s List four times at Navy. She has a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 while majoring in Honors Systems Engineering. Bradford also received Third-Team Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA in 2014 as a sophomore.

Viana reached the championship finals in three events at the 2015 Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships to help the Black Knights finish runnerup to Navy with 642 team points. The senior also was recognized as one of the top three seniors in individual scoring over his four-year career. Viana had six career-best swims this season, three of which were at the conference championship meet.

A Computer Science major, Viana has made the USMA Dean’s List all seven semesters and currently carries a 3.565 GPA. He has developed a computer program that tracks swimming times and performances, which is currently used by the coaching staff and is in the process of creating software to assist in the selection of athletes for championship events.

Bradford is one of six repeat performers on the women’s Academic All-Patriot Team and Viana one of five on the men’s side. Barta, Boyle, Bradford, Nasson, Parker and Lauren Perry all were recnognized in 2014 as were Brant, Debaugh, Grewal, Puchi and Viana.

All three of Navy’s men’s honorees hold impressive credentials as Bailey placed second in the 200 fly at the Championships and maintains a 3.94 GPA in Operations Research, Debaugh swept the 100 and 200 fly and has a 3.26 GPA in Information Research and Love placed in the top 10 in both diving events and is an Honors System Engineering major with a 3.82 GPA. Bucknell’s Robinson was a second team All-Patriot League selection and has a 3.83 mark as a Political Science and Classical Studies major and teammate Behnen had a trio of top five finishes and is an Economics and Political Science major with a 3.41 GPA. Grewal captured second place in the 100 breast for Lafayette and has a 3.50 GPA in Chemical Engineering. Puchi, the 2014 Scholar-Athlete, scored points for Boston U. in both the 100 and 200 free and has a 3.70 GPA in Business Administration and Management. Brant scored points in three individual events at the Championships and is a Finance major with a 3.69 GPA. Maholage scored in the 100 breast for Loyola and has a 3.978 GPA in Accounting.

For the women, Bucknell’s Boyle and Lauren Perry each were recognized as two of the top seniors in individual scoring over a four-year career. Boyle is an Accounting & Financial Management major with a 3.86 grade point average and Perry has the same GPA and field of study as her classmate. Rachel Perry, younger sister of Lauren, posted top 10 finishes in the 100 and 200 back and has a 4.0 GPA, also in Accounting & Financial Management. Parker placed in both of the diving events for American and is a Biology major with a 3.90 mark and teammate Watson won the B-Final of 100 Back and is carries a 3.86 GPA in the interdisciplinary major CLEG. Barta scored in the 200 IM and 200 back for Army and holds down a 3.917 GPA in Life Sciences and teammate Hamilton was a runnerup in the 100 back at the Championships and is a Kinesiology major with a 3.696 GPA. Boston University’s Nasson won the 1650 free and placed second in the 500 free boasts a 3.45 mark in Health Science. Lehigh’s Ruffing won the 50 free and was fourth in the 100 free and has a 3.91 GPA in Biology.

To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.

The Corvias Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year winner for each individual sport comprises the pool of nominees for the Corvias Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards given out over the summer. One male and one female are selected for the honors.

Corvias Patriot League Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete: William Viana, Army (Sr.)

Corvias Patriot League Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete: Ellen Bradford, Navy (Jr.)

Men’s Swimming and Diving Academic All-Patriot League Team

William Viana, Army (Sr.)
Cole Puchi, Boston U. (Sr.)
Louis Behnen, Bucknell (So.)
Jack Robinson, Bucknell (So.)
Greg Grewal, Lafayette (Jr.)
Sean Brant, Lehigh (Sr.)
Dale Maholage, Loyola (So.)
Ryan Bailey, Navy (So.)
Jonathan Debaugh, Navy (Jr.)
Frank Love, Navy (Jr.)

Women’s Swimming and Diving Academic All-Patriot League Team

Melissa Parker, American (Sr.)
Caylee Watson, American (So.)
Kristen Barta, Army (Sr.)
Kelly Hamilton, Army (So.)
Stephanie Nasson, Boston U. (Jr.)
Tara Boyle, Bucknell (Sr.)
Lauren Perry, Bucknell (Sr.)
Rachel Perry, Bucknell (So.)
Kaitlyn Ruffing, Lehigh (So.)
Ellen Bradford, Navy (Jr.)

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