Army Places 22 On PL Academic Honor Roll

Kristen Barta

Kristen Barta

June 25, 2013

Men's Swimming & Diving Academic Honor Roll

Women's Swimming & Diving Academic Honor Roll

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Army swimming and diving teams were recognized by the Patriot League on Tuesday as 22 members of the program were selected to the conference's Academic Honor Roll. Twelve Army men and 10 Black Knight women were named to the prestigious list.

A total of 101 men and 101 women from conference institutions were placed on the league's Honor Roll, which recognizes student-athletes who earn at least a 3.20 grade-point average in the spring semester while participating in swimming and diving.

Sophomores Matt Kane (4.022, Electrical Engineering) and Kristen Barta (4.077, Life Science) led the way, posting the highest grade-point averages among all Patriot League student-athletes. Kane and Barta were both recognized for the second year in a row.

Kane led a group of nine Patriot League student-athletes to achieve a grade-point average of 4.0 or better on the men's side, posting a conference-best 4.022 during the spring semester. Barta, meanwhile, paced a group of 14 Patriot League student-athletes to achieve a grade-point average of 4.0 or better on the women's side, posting a conference-best 4.077 during the spring term.

"The Army Swim/Dive family is very proud of our academic accomplishments over the past season," said Army head coach Mickey Wender. "Our cadet-athletes are extremely well-rounded and are committed to achieving their full potential in every pillar of Academy life. The consistent improvement in the classroom is a direct reflection of their hard work in and out of the pool."

Senior Vinny Franchino (3.475, Mechanical Engineering) earned a spot on the Honor Roll for the fourth consecutive year, while juniors John Blickle (3.571, Psychology) and Daniel Ruckman (3.656, Systems Engineering) were lauded for the third straight year.

Sophomores Joon Chung (3.769, Information Systems Management), Michael Dustin (3.299, Information Systems Management), Tyler Sowell (3.731, Mechanical Engineering) and Will Viana (3.793, Computer Science) each made their second appearance on the Honor Roll, while senior Dan Foky (3.218, Environmental Engineering) joined freshmen Austin Kong (3.613, undeclared), Adam Sjoholm (3.624, undeclared) and Nick Treiberg (3.359, undelcared) as first-time honorees.

Juniors Rita Snyder (3.935, Life Science) and Breawna Davis (3.529, Systems Engineering) were both named to the Honor Roll for the third year in a row, while sophomores Renee Mihail (3.689, Arabic), Kristina Muller (3.571, Systems Engineering), Lauren Ng (3.495, Chemical Engineering) and Kelsey Rebelez (3.300, Economics) were each named to the Honor Roll for the second straight year.

Junior Lara Stouffer (3.303, American Politics) joined freshmen Natalie Beale (3.546, undeclared) and Shannon Rogers (3.351, undeclared) in collecting their first Honor Roll certificates.

The Army swimming and diving teams excelled at the Patriot League Championships with the men placing runner-up and the women finishing fourth.

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