Feb. 27, 2012
CENTER VALLEY -- Mac Anthony (Sr., Allentown, Pa.), who tied the record for the most Patriot League titles won in a career, was one of four members of the Navy men's swimming and diving team named to the 2012 Patriot League All-Academic Team for the sport on Monday. Anthony also was named to the inaugural 2011 squad, as were repeat honorees Mark Meyer (Sr., Bethesda, Md.) and Ben Bondurant (Jr., Atlanta, Ga.). Garnering the accolade for the first time was Ben Freedman (So., Kennewick, Wash.).
To be eligible for the eventual team of 10 members, swimmers and divers must be at least sophomores at their respective schools with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 and be starters or key reserves in their sport. Voting by the league's sports information contacts determined both the scholar-athlete of the year and the all-academic team.
Anthony, who has compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.24 as an economics major, placed no lower than second in any of the 12 individual events he competed in at the Patriot League Championship during his career. He totaled eight individual event victories to go along with his 10 relay event titles (in 10 races) at the meet over his career. Besides his win at this year's league meet making him the first swimmer to win the 200 free in each of his four seasons, he also placed second in the 100 and 500 freestyle races and helped Navy win the 200 medley, 400 freestyle and 800 freestyle relay races.
The four-team First-Team All-Patriot League performer was previously selected as the 2009 league rookie of the year and the 2011 league swimmer of the year, and earned Honorable Mention Mid-Major All-America laurels from CollegeSwimming.com as both a sophomore and junior. Anthony additionally tied the league record this season by being named as the swimmer of the week six times.
In the classroom, the Navy and Patriot League record holder in the 200 freestyle (1:36.29) has garnered academic honors from the USNA in six of his seven completed semesters and was named to the 2011 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
Meyer also received first-team all-league honors in each of his four seasons. The two-time (2010, 2011) league champion in the 200 butterfly event placed no lower than sixth in any of the 12 championship finals he competed in at the Patriot League meet over his career. This year, he won the 200 fly while placing fourth in the 200 individual medley and fifth in the 100 fly.
On a national level, Meyer competed in the 200 fly at the 2011 NCAA Championship, competed in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and has qualified for the 2012 trials.
In addition to being named to the 2011 Patriot League All-Academic Team, the systems engineering major with a 3.43 GPA received Honorable Mention All-Scholar-Athlete recognition from the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association in 2009, is a three-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and has garnered academic honors from the USNA in six semesters.
Bondurant won the 200 individual medley and placed second in both butterfly events, while also helping Navy win the 800 freestyle relay title, at this year's Patriot League Championship to earn the second first-team all-league laurel of his career. He previously won the 200 IM and finished in second place in the 200 fly at the 2011 Patriot League Meet. Bondurant recorded five victories and four second-place finishes in 11 200 individual medley events during the 2011-12 regular season. This includes one victory and two second-place showings in meets against nationally-ranked teams.
An ocean engineering major with a cumulative GPA of 3.42, Bondurant was named to the 2011 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll and garnered academic honors from the USNA in each of his five completed terms.
A second-team All-Patriot League performer this season, Freedman placed second on the three-meter and third on the one meter at the recent league championship. A five-time recipient of the Patriot League Diver-of-the-Week accolade this year, Freedman compiled six victories and five second-place finishes in 18 events during the regular season. He previously finished in sixth place on the three meter and seventh on the one meter at the 2011 league meet.
Freedman, a systems engineering major with a 3.72 GPA, has received academic honors from the USNA three times.