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Viana Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year

March 2, 2015

CENTRAL VALLEY, Pa.  Due to his outstanding performance in the pool and in the classroom, Will Viana has been recognized as the 2015 Patriot League Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the year.

Viana, who hails from Stuttgart, Germany, earns the honor for the first-time in his career and is only the third Black Knight to garner the accolade from swimming and diving. Steve Haley was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1998, while Dan Downs earned the honor in 2001.

Viana has a cumulative grade point average of 3.57 and majors in Computer Science, and has been named to the Dean’s List all seven eligible semesters. Last season he was named to the 2014 Academic All-Patriot League Team.

In his spare time, Viana developed a computer program that tracks swimming times and performances, which is currently used by the Army coaching staff. He is also in the process of creating a similar computer program to assist in the selection of athletes for championship events.

Viana has been a prolific point scorer for Army since his freshman campaign where he was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year. This season, Viana earned his first All-Patriot League First Team award, after garnering second team honors in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He accumulated 38 individual points at the Patriot League Championships meet, Army’s second-best competitor. Due to his performance at conference championships throughout his career, Viana was named one of the top-three senior competitors.

At this year’s championships he had three career-best swims and was part of the 800 free relay team that set a new Academy record. In the 200 back, all three Black Knights had times under the existing Academy record. Viana finished in 1:48.92 and now ranks in the No. 2 position on Army’s All-Time Top 10 times list for the 200 back.

He jumped to the No. 2 position on the Top 10 list in the 400 IM after swimming a career-best 3:46.54. He now ranks seventh on the Top 10 times list in the 200 free after swimming a career-best time of 1:39.07 in the lead-off leg of the Academy record breaking 800 free relay.

Viana branched into Aviation and will attend pilot school, like his father and grandfather, upon graduation.

To be considered for Scholar-Athlete of the Year, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum of a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and must have competed in the Patriot League Championships, unless missed due to injury. The Sports Information Directors then cast their votes from a pool of candidates.

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