Brandon Fiala Named 2016 ACC Scholar Athlete Of the Year

Brandon Fiala of Virginia Tech has been named the 2016 ACC Men’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced today. He led a team of 49 athletes named to the2016 All-ACC Academic Men’s Swimming Team.

Fiala was named the Most Valuable Swimmer of this season’s ACC Championships after winning the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke and placing 2nd in the 100 breaststroke.

To qualify for the team, athletes must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for the previous semester, as well as a cumulative 3.0 for their academic career as undergraduates. Those GPAs are combined with athletic achievements and the team is selected.

There were no 4-time honorees on this year’s team, but Fiala and North Carolian State’s Derek Hren were both named to the team for the third time in their careers. Both are juniors and will have a shot at a 4-peat next season.

The conference champions, and #3 team in the country at NCAAs, North Carolina State led the list with 11 All-Academic team members. Conference runners-up Louisville were next with 6.

Number of qualifiers by team:

  1. North Carolina State – 11
  2. Louisville – 6
  3. North Carolina – 5
  4. Virginia Tech – 5
  5. Notre Dame – 5
  6. Florida State – 5
  7. Virginia – 4
  8. Duke – 4
  9. Georgia Tech – 3
  10. Boston College – 1

2015-16 All-ACC Academic Men’s Swimming & Diving Team

Daniel Kelly, Sr., Boston College (Communication)
Judson Howard, Fr., Duke (Undeclared)
Kazumu Takabayashi, Jr., Duke (Computer Science) @
Dylan Payne, Jr., Duke (Sociology)
David Armstrong, Sr., Duke (Psychology) @
Dylan Grisell, Jr., Florida State (Biological Science) @
Jason McCormick, Jr., Florida State (Real Estate/Professional Sales) @
Connor Kalisz, So., Florida State (Sports Management)
Kalonji Cole, Sr., Florida State (Exercise Science)
Cole Hensley, Sr., Florida State (Physics/Math) @
Brad Homza, Jr., Georgia Tech (Biology)
Noah Harasz, So., Georgia Tech (Computer Science) @
Yuval Safra, Sr., Georgia Tech (Business Administration) @
Zach Harting, Fr., Louisville (Mechanical Engineering)
Grigory Tarasevich, Jr., Louisville (Mechanical Engineering) @
Trevor Carroll, Jr., Louisville (Exercise Science) @
Aaron Greene, Jr., Louisville (Mechanical Engineering)
Carlos Claverie, So., Louisville (Marketing)
Nolan Tesone, Sr., Louisville (Communications)
Jack Nyquist, Jr., North Carolina (Biology ) @
Matthew Conway, Jr., North Carolina (Economics )
Sam Lewis, Sr., North Carolina (Information Sciences ) @
Ozzie Moyer, Sr., North Carolina (Exercise and Sport Science )
Michael McBryan, So., North Carolina (Economics and Political Science )
Justin Ress, Fr., NC State (Exploratory Studies)
Jonathan Burkett, Fr., NC State (Exploratory Studies)
James Bretscher, Fr., NC State (Exploratory Studies)
Patrik Schwarzenbach, Fr., NC State (Management Undeclared)
Soeren Dahl, Jr., NC State (Communication and International Studies) @
Andreas Schiellerup, Jr., NC State (Biological Sciences) @
Derek Hren, Jr., NC State (Nutrition Science) #
Ryan Held, So., NC State (Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation) @
Hennessey Stuart, So., NC State (Civil Engineering) @
Anton Ipsen, So., NC State (Industrial Engineering) @
Austin Snyder, Sr., NC State (Business Administration) @
Daniel Speers, Fr., Notre Dame (Mathematics)
Robert Whitacre, So., Notre Dame (None)
Kevin Bradley, Jr., Notre Dame (Accountancy)
Reed Fujan, Jr., Notre Dame (Management Consulting)
Bogac Ayhan, Sr., Notre Dame (Info Tech Management)
Luke Georgiadis, So., Virginia (Arts & Sciences Undeclared)
Yannick Kaeser, Sr., Virginia (Commerce) @
Carl Buergler, Sr., Virginia (Mechanical Engineering) @
Colby Shinholser, Sr., Virginia (Mechanical Engineering) @
Benjamin Schiesl, Fr., Virginia Tech (Business)
Brandon Fiala, Jr., Virginia Tech (Finance) #
Zachary Switzer, Jr., Virginia Tech (Psychology)
Logan Stevens, Sr., Virginia Tech (Geography) @
Michal Szuba, Sr., Virginia Tech (Finance)

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