Swimmer Bailey Receives Academic All-America Honor
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– Recent Navy graduate Ryan Bailey (Youngstown, Ohio) has garnered First-Team Academic All-America laurels from the College Sports Information Directors of America. CoSIDA made the announcement of the Academic All-America teams for at-large sports on Thursday.
Bailey, a four-year member of the Navy men’s swimming team, was named a third-team Academic All-American in 2016.
To be eligible for the initial district ballot, student-athletes must have attained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30 through the end of the 2016 fall semester, be at a minimum a sophomore academically, as well as be a starter or key reserve on their respective team. The at-large sports program consists of women’s beach volleyball, women’s bowling, women’s crew, fencing, women’s field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, men’s volleyball, water polo and men’s wrestling. CoSIDA’s District II consists of Division I schools located in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Each school is allowed to nominate up to four student-athletes for their respective men’s and women’s district ballots. The top-10 student-athletes in each district are then placed onto the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
Bailey is the third Mid to garner CoSIDA Academic All-America laurels during the 2016-17 academic year (Meghan Hegarty, women’s soccer, second team; Stephen Born, baseball, third team) and is one of 25 Mids in school history to earn multiple Academic All-America honors in a career. He joins Britton Smith (1997, ‘98) as the only Navy men’s swimmers to garner multiple Academic All-America accolades.
Bailey, Navy’s team captain during the 2016-17 season, posted a 3.98 cumulative grade-point average as an operations research major. He attained a 4.00 GPA in seven of his eight semesters and ranked 10th in the Class of 2017 on the Overall Order of Merit. Bailey previously was named as the 2017 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for his sport.
In the pool, Bailey earned First-Team All-Patriot League honors this season in helping the Mids to their 14th consecutive league crown. He won the 100 butterfly final, placed fourth in the 200 fly and sixth in the 100 breaststroke events and swam on Navy’s victorious 400 medley relay team at the league championship. This year’s first-team nod comes after he garnered second-team all-league laurels in both 2015 and ‘16. Now an Ensign in the Navy, Bailey will fulfill his service commitment aboard a submarine.