Academic All-MAC Men's Swimming and Diving Team Announced

Updated 3/20/2008



CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Mid-American Conference released its 2008 Academic All-MAC Men’s Swimming and Diving team as voted on by the league’s faculty athletic representatives. A total of 21 student-athletes were named to the team. The number of honorees on the Academic All-MAC Team are the number that is set for the specific sport or 33 percent of the number of nominees, whichever is greater. A tie in the voting resulted in 21 honorees for 2008.


Six of the selections are repeat performers from last year’s academic squad - Richard Shi (Buffalo), Steven Bowling (Eastern Michigan), Mark Kurtzer (Eastern Michigan), Andrzej Olesinski (Eastern Michigan), Nick DuPuis (Miami) and Paul Ricard (Miami). For Bowling and Olesinski is marked their third consecutive academic all-conference selection.


To be nominated, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award. Outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments from the current season only are considered.


2008 Academic All-MAC Men’s Swimming and Diving Team

Name                   School                 

Mike Hurst            Buffalo                  

Mike McDowell      Buffalo                  

Richard Shi           Buffalo                  

Kevin Song            Buffalo                  

Andrew Tamchyna Buffalo                  

Connor Vander Zalm  Buffalo                  

Ben Karowski        Ball State              

Ryan Franklin        Ball State              

Dane Mishler         Ball State              

Tyler Dixon           Ball State              

Chris Alberty         Eastern Michigan    

Steven Bowling      Eastern Michigan    

Ethan Crabtree      Eastern Michigan    

Don Ellison            Eastern Michigan    

Ryan Fulkerson      Eastern Michigan    

Matt Guinan          Eastern Michigan    

Mark Kurtzer         Eastern Michigan    

Andrzej Olesinski   Eastern Michigan    

Michael Rowland   Eastern Michigan    

Paul Ricard           Miami                   

Nick DuPuis           Miami