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