MAC Names Women's Swimming Academic Team

Updated 3/4/2008

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Mid-American Conference released its 2008 Academic All-MAC Women’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.


Eight of the selections are repeat performers from last year’s academic squad - Katie Carter (Akron), Michelle Huang (Ball State), Hannah Burandt (Eastern Michigan), Madeleine Pilchard (Eastern Michigan), Becky Renkola (Eastern Michigan),  Melissa Roemmele (Miami),  Allison Stevens (Miami) and  Michaela Hahn-Lawson (Ohio).


Eastern Michigan led the way with six selections while MAC Champion Ohio placed four honorees on the 2008 academic team. Representing the Eagles, in addition to Burandt, Pilchard and Renkola, are Ashley Durand, Leeza Moser and Alissa Ricard. The Bobcats’ Hahn-Lawson was joined by teammates Chelsey Bower, Lindsey DeStefano and Leah Giancarli.


Toledo and Miami garnered three honorees each with Jennifer Parker, Jill Reighard and Samantha Telljohann representing the Rockets, and Roemmele, Stevens and Karen Frazier representing the RedHawks. Akron had two honorees in Carter and Stephanie Zielinski. Also named were Meili Carpenter from Buffalo, Michael Carriaga of  Bowling Green and Ball State’s Huang.


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 Women’s Swimming and Diving Team


Name                                                             School                                     Year                 GPA                     Major                                                    

Katie Carter#                                             Akron                                        Jr.                       3.70                       Graphic Design                                    

Stephanie Zielinski                                Akron                                        So.                     3.56                       Nursing                                                 

Michelle Huang#                                  Ball State                                   Sr.                      3.62                       Chemistry/Premed                               

Michael Carriaga                                   Bowling Green                       Sr.                      3.35                       Psychology                                          

Meili Carpenter                                       Buffalo                                       So.                    3.83                        Psychology                                          

Hannah Burandt#                                Eastern Michigan                 Jr.                      3.88                        Math Secondary Ed.                           

Ashley Durand                                      Eastern Michigan                Jr.                      3.65                        Biology                                                                              

Leeza Moser                                            Eastern Michigan                So.                    3.70                        Communications                                                          

Madeleine Pilchard#                           Eastern Michigan                 Sr.                    3.91                        Accounting                                                                    

Becky Renkola#                                    Eastern Michigan                 Sr.                    3.64                        Political Science                                                             

Alissa Ricard                                           Eastern Michigan                 Jr.                     3.54                        Exercise Science                                                            

Karen Frazier                                            Miami                                         So.                  3.36                        Chemical Engineering                                                                        

Melissa Roemmele#                           Miami                                           Jr.                    3.94                       Linguistics and Psychology                                  

Allison Stevens#                                  Miami                                          Jr.                    3.75                       Journalism and Marketing                                      

Chelsey Bower                                       Ohio                                           So.                  3.77                       Finance                                                                              

Lindsey DeStefano                              Ohio                                           Sr.                   3.54                       Early Childhood Education                                    

Leah Giancarli                                          Ohio                                           So.                 3.26                        Communications                                                          

Michaela Hahn-Lawson#                Ohio                                           Sr.                   3.29                        Political Science/Pre law                                            

Jennifer Parker                                         Toledo                                      Sr.                   3.81                        Speech Pathology                                                       

Jill Reighard                                              Toledo                                      Sr.                   3.59                         Environmental Science