Navy Swimming & Diving Teams, Individuals Earn National Honor
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) recognized both Navy teams as well as individuals on each squad for their academic achievements during the 2017 spring semester.
Each Navy program was named as a Scholar All-America Team for having attained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.00 during the recently completed term. The Navy women’s team compiled a collective 3.13 GPA and the men’s team accrued an overall 3.04 GPA for the semester.
There were over 720 teams from 443 institutions across all levels of college swimming and diving (NCAA / NAIA / NJCAA) to earn the academic distinction.
Individually, four members of each Navy team were honored for both their academic and athletic accomplishments this year. All swimmers and divers who both posted a GPA of at least 3.50 during the semesters and qualified for the national championship were named as a Scholar All-American, while those who met or surpassed the 3.50 GPA standard and also recorded a B cut time for the national championship earned Honorable Mention Scholar All-America laurels.
Headlining Navy’s eight honorees was Marlin Brutkiewicz (Mobile, Ala.) who was tabbed as a Scholar All-American. The recent USNA graduate competed in both breaststroke events and the 200 individual medley event at the 2017 NCAA Championship and attained a 3.50 GPA during his final semester on The Yard.
Members of the Navy men’s team to earn honorable mention status were Brutkiewicz’s fellow members of the Class of 2017 Ryan Bailey (Boardman, Ohio) and Eric Collins (North Augusta, S.C.) as well as rising junior Zach Piedt (Fort Mill, S.C.). Bailey posted a 4.00 GPA and recorded B cut times in both butterfly events and the 100 breaststroke, Collins tallied a 3.50 GPA and a B cut effort in the 200 breaststroke and Piedt notched a 4.00 GPA and a B cut time in the 100 butterfly.
Bailey is the only one of the four to have earned the laurel prior to this year. The two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American previously garnered honorable mention accolades in 2015 and ‘16.
The Navy women’s team saw four of its swimmers earn honorable mention status, with rising senior Kaitlyn O’Reilly (Farmington, Minn.) receiving the nod for a second year in a row. She tallied a 3.80 GPA during the spring semester and attained a B cut time in the 200 backstroke.
Joining O’Reilly in receiving the accolade this year were recent graduate Charlotte Meyer (Bethesda, Md.), rising junior Ally Warnimont (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and rising sophomore Elyse MacIsaac (Stafford, Va.). Meyer finished her last term at Navy with a 3.82 GPA after having posted a B cut time in the 200 freestyle, Warnimont tallied a 3.56 GPA and a qualifying time in the 200 backstroke and MacIsaac completed her initial year at the USNA with a 3.53 GPA and a B cut time in the 100 breaststroke.
The CSCAA recognized 997 Scholar All-Americans and 954 Honorable Mention Scholar All-Americans from 273 teams.