Mountaineers rank 35 on the All-Big 12 Academic Team

MORGANTOWN, WV — Thirty-five members of West Virginia University’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have been named to the 2022 All-Big 12 Academic Swimming and Diving Team, as announced by the conference on Tuesday.

Of these, two student-athletes earned the accolade with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 4.0, including Kaelyn McClain on the side of women and Conrad Molinaro of the men’s team.

In the men’s team, West Virginia placed 13 student-athletes in the first team, including a pair of student-athletes in the second team. Jonathan Bennett (accounting), Zach Boley (biochemistry), Josh Harlan (biology), justin heimes (computing), Fausto Huerta (sports management), P. J. Lenz (Information Management System), Josh Madzy (mathematics), Dylan Melin (aerospace engineering), Molinaro (accounting), Guillaume Mullen (physiological exercise), Joe Schaefer (physical education and kinesiology), David Snider (computing) and Roberts Zemturis (finance) were recognized in the first team.

David Dixon (sports trainer training) and Logan McFadden (chemistry) was recognized in the second team.

On the women’s side, 16 climbers were recognized in the first team and four women earned a place in the second team. Kate Beckish (physiological exercise), Lauren Beckish (physiological exercise), Meredith Bolinger (sport and exercise psychology), Camille Burt (marketing), Shelby Gerving (environmental, soil and water sciences), Ginger Hansen (exercise physiology), McClain (biomedical engineering), Jacqueline McCutchan (management INFORMATION system), Harna Minezawa (global supply chain management), Tatum Peyerl (biomedical genius), Abby Redon (biochemistry), Abigail Riggs (Advertising and Public Relations), Marianne Tiemeier (global supply chain management), Anne-Elaine Tiller (health and wellbeing), Sarah Young (criminology) and Megan Zartman (biology) were placed in the first team.

WVU second team winners included Hannah Cech (horticulture), Paige Dressel (Business), Mathilde Kaelbel (management) and Emma Longley (physiological exercise).

“It is always an honor to see our team recognized for their academic achievements,” coach Vic Riggs noted. “We always place a high value on academics in our program, and I am happy to see the result of their hard work in the classroom.”

A total of 161 student-athletes were honored by the Big 12, with 56 members of the men’s team and 105 members of the women’s side. First-team members are those who have maintained a GPA of 3.20 or higher, while second-team selections hold a GPA of 3.00 to 3.19.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a GPA of 3.00 or higher, cumulative or over the previous two semesters, and they must have competed in 20% of their team’s scheduled competitions. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible during their first year of residence hall. Senior student-athletes who have competed for at least two years and who meet all criteria except participation percentage are also eligible.

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