March 1, 2006
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Mid-American Conference today released its 2005-06 Academic All-MAC Women's Swimming and Diving team as voted on by the league's faculty athletic representatives. A total of 24 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.
First-time MAC Champion Eastern Michigan led the league in number of honorees, with six swimmers and/or divers being named to the squad. Second-place Miami followed with four selections to the team, while Akron, Ball State and Bowling Green each had three student-athletes elected. Ohio and Toledo each had two selections to the squad.
The 2005-06 Academic All-MAC squad includes 12 members from last year's team: Akron senior Megan Walters (also named 2005-06 MAC Most Outstanding Senior), Ball State junior Mary Brinkoetter, Bowling Green's senior trio of Jessica Guinness, Kara Ohngren and Dana Schultz, Buffalo senior Jackie English, EMU senior Katie Benedict and junior diver Sarah Chrzanowski, Miami seniors Laura Armbruster and Maggi Bulla, and Toledo juniors Katie Childers and Makenzie Manard were all named to the 2004-05 Academic All-MAC team.
A total of 11 members on this season's team garnered all-conference recognition at the conclusion of last week's MAC Championships at Akron's Ocasek Natatorium. First-teamers were Walters, Chrzanowski, EMU sophomore and 2005-06 Most Outstanding Swimmer Madeleine Pilchard, Miami senior Katie Forster and Ohio sophomore Ilse Peterson. All-MAC second-team honorees that were also a member of the All-Academic squad included Ohngren, Schultz, EMU junior Claire Letendre and senior diver Gretchen Plamondon, and Miami senior and back-to-back Most Outstanding Diver Christin Eberst.
To qualify, 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.