Piedt Leads List of Navy Swimmers to Earn Academic Accolades
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. ---- Navy's Zach Piedt (Jr., Fort Mill, S.C.) has been selected as the Patriot League Men's Swimming and Diving Scholar Athlete of the Year. Joining him in being named to the Patriot League All-Academic Teams for the sport that were announced Wednesday by the league office were fellow Mids William Rittenhouse (Sr., London, England), Michael Velazquez (Jr., Henderson, Nev.), Biz Graeff (Sr., Canton, Ohio), Jamie Miller (So., Rochester Hills, Mich.) and Kaitlyn O'Reilly (Sr., Farmington, Minn.).
Nominees for the awards needed to be at least a sophomore in the classroom, carry a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade-point average and be key contributor on their team.
In addition to the academic success for the six honored Mids, each of them also earned all-league accolades this year.
Piedt, who also was named to the league's all-academic team in 2017, has posted a 3.97 GPA as a computer science major. He has compiled a 4.00 GPA in each of his last four completed terms and is a five-time member of the USNA's Superintendent's List.
In the pool, Piedt earned first-team all-league honors this season and tied for fourth place with 50 individual event points earned during the recent league championship. He placed second at the meet in the 100 fly, second in the 100 free and tied for second in the 50 free. Piedt also swam on Navy's championship-winning 200 medley, 200 freestyle, 400 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams. He garnered second-team all-league accolades in 2016.
Piedt joins Noah White (2004) and Ryan Bailey (2017) as Mids who have been named as the league's scholar-athlete of the year for men's swimming and diving. Additionally, this is the 11th time in the last 12 years in which a Navy swimmer has earned the scholar-athlete laurel in either men's or women's swimming.
Rittenhouse, Navy's men's team captain this season, has tallied a 3.70 GPA. The ocean engineering major has put together a 4.00 GPA in two semesters and has been named to the Superintendent's List three times.
He earned second-team all-league accolades this season after finishing in seventh place in the 200 fly, eighth in the 100 fly and 11th in the 200 individual medley at the league meet.
Velazquez is a repeat member of the league's all-academic team as he also received the laurel last year. The physics major has compiled a 3.61 GPA over the course of his academic career.
Velazquez garnered first-team all-league laurels this year after receiving second-team accolades last year. He earned this year's nod after he placed fourth in the 200 breaststroke, fifth in the 100 breaststroke and sixth in the 200 individual medley to help the Navy men's team win its 15th-straight Patriot League title.
Graeff, who captains the Navy women's team, has posted a 3.75 GPA as a Chinese major. She has received academic honors from the USNA in each of her seven semesters, which includes four appearances on the Superintendent's List.
A second-team all-league honoree in both 2017 and 2018, Graeff tied for sixth place in the 50 freestyle at this year's league championship. She also won the consolation final in the 100 backstroke, placed 11th in the 100 freestyle and swam on Navy's victorious 200 medley relay team.
Miller entered the second semester of her sophomore year with a 3.89 GPA. The operations research major has received academic accolades from the USNA in each of her three completed terms.
Miller earned first-team all-league laurels this year after she ranked fourth in the league with 53 individual event points at the league meet. Highlighting her efforts at the championship was her performance in the 100 backstroke. She first broke the Navy record in the event during the trial heats with a time of 1:55.30, then won the final later in the day by almost two seconds with her clocking of 1:56.79. Miller would also place second ---- by 0.01 seconds ---- in the 100 backstroke and finish in third place in the 200 individual medley.
O'Reilly also is an operations research major and she winds down her days at Navy with an overall GPA of 3.59. She has twice attained a 4.00 GPA and has received academic honors from the USNA in each of her seven semesters. O'Reilly also was named to the Patriot League All-Academic Team in 2017.
She became a four-time first-team all-league honoree with her performance at this year's league championship, during which she ranked third with 53 individual event points. O'Reilly won the 400 individual medley by 2.46 seconds, placed second in the 200 breaststroke and also finished in second place in the 200 individual medley. She additionally swam on Navy's winning 400 medley relay team.
Patriot League Men's Swimming & Diving Scholar Athlete: Zach Piedt, Navy
Men's Academic All-League Team
Hudson Kay, Army West Point (So.); Tom Ottman, Army West Point (Jr.); Trevor Winans, Boston U. (Jr.); Chris Devlin, Bucknell (Sr.); Colton Hall, Colgate (So.); Nick Whitman, Lafayette (Sr.); Zach Tieke, Lehigh (Sr.); Zachary Metzler, Loyola Maryland (So.); Zach Piedt, Navy (Jr.); William Rittenhouse, Navy (Sr.); Michael Velazquez, Navy (Jr.)
Patriot League Women's Swimming & Diving Scholar Athlete: Grace Anderson, Boston University
Women Academic All-League Team
Fiona Caulfield, American (Sr.); Serica Hallstead, Army West Point (So.); Kara Wineinger, Army West Point (Jr.); Grace Anderson, Boston University (Sr.); Julianna Foss, Bucknell (Sr.); Payton Miles, Lehigh (So.); Lindsey Staszewski, Loyola Maryland (Jr.); Biz Graeff, Navy (Sr.); Jamie Miller, Navy (So.); Kaitlyn O'Reilly, Navy (Sr.)