March 6, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Six members of the Navy men's swimming and diving team were recognized for the academic and athletic success by being named to the Patriot League All-Academic Team for their sport on Wednesday.
Nominees for the award must be at least a sophomore in the classroom with a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average over the course of their academic career and key contributors in their sport. The league's sports information contacts for the sport then vote for both the scholar-athlete of the year and the Patriot League All-Academic Team.
This is the third year in which an all-academic team has been selected. A total of 10 swimmers and divers comprise the squad.
Ben Bondurant (Sr., Atlanta, Ga.) was named to the team for the third-consecutive season. Bondurant earned First-Team All-Patriot League honors this year for a third-straight season. He won the 200 individual medley and both butterfly titles, plus the 200 medley, 400 medley and 400 freestyle relay crowns at this year's league meet. Bondurant totaled five victories and three second-place finishes in eight career individual events at the Patriot League Championship. The ocean engineering major with a 3.43 GPA previously competed in both butterfly events at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Also earning a second placement onto the team in his career was Ben Freedman (Jr., Kennewick, Wash.). A systems engineering major with a 3.69 GPA, Freedman placed second on the one meter and eighth on the three meter at the 2013 Patriot League Championship. His efforts led him to garnering Second-Team All-Patriot League laurels this year for a second-consecutive season. Freedman also competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the synchronized three-meter competition.
Making their first respective appearance on the squad were Justin Vagts (Sr., Crofton, Md.), Hugh Davison (Jr., Towson, Md.), Luke Hoffer (Jr., Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Sean Murphy (Jr., Hudson, Ohio).
Vagts was tabbed as the Patriot League Swimmer of the Year in both 2012 and 2013 as he won the 400 individual medley, 500 freestyle and 1650 freestyle events at both league meets. He previously was selected as the 2010 rookie of the year in the league, never placed lower than fourth in any of his 12 career individual events at the league meet and garnered First-Team All-Patriot League honors in each of his four years. Vagts, who has compiled a 3.28 GPA while majoring in naval architecture, competed at both the 2011 NCAA Championship and the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Davison won the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events at the 2013 Patriot League Championship to earn First-Team All-Patriot League laurels for a second year in a row. The systems engineering major with a 3.41 GPA also was a member of a trio of victorious relay teams at this year's championship. He competed in the 100 freestyle event at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Hoffer picked up his third First-Team All-Patriot League laurel this spring as he placed second in the 200 breaststroke, third in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 500 freestyle at the league meet. He set a school, league and league meet record during the trial heats of the 200 breast at the meet. He previously won the 100 breaststroke title at the 2011 meet and the 200 breast during last year's championship. An applied math major with a 3.28 GPA, Hoffer competed in the 200 breaststroke at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Murphy won the 200 breaststroke and placed second in the 100 breast at this year's Patriot League Championship to earn first-team all-league honors. He also was a member of Navy's victorious 200 and 400 medley relay teams. The ocean engineering major with a 3.26 GPA competed in the 100 breast at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, earned second-team all-league honors in 2011 and won the 100 breast at the 2012 league meet to garner first-team accolades.
In addition to their individual accomplishments, each of the six honorees also helped Navy with its 10th-straight Patriot League title this spring.
Academic All-Patriot League Team
Bobby Ballance, American, Jr.
Joon Chung, Army, So.
Christian Treat, Bucknell, Sr. (Scholar-Athlete of the Year)
Trevor Reitz, Bucknell, Jr.
Ben Bondurant, Navy, Sr.
Justin Vagts, Navy, Sr.
Hugh Davison, Navy, Jr.
Ben Freedman, Navy, Jr.
Luke Hoffer, Navy, Jr.
Sean Murphy, Navy, Jr.