Summit League Announces Academic All-League Teams

Press Release courtesy of the Summit League

With the conclusion of the 2018 Summit League Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, the league has announced its Swimming and Diving Academic All-League Teams as voted on by the institution’s faculty athletics representatives and sports information directors, with all ties standing. A total of 22 student-athletes, 10 men and 12 women, were named to the teams and honored for their combined athletic and academic performances this season.

Five institutions were represented on the Men’s Academic All-League Team, led by Denver and South Dakota State with three apiece. Denver’s Anton Loncar and South Dakota State’s Chris Rumrill earn the recognition for the third time in their careers.

On the women’s team, South Dakota State led the charge with six honorees. Defending-champion Denver followed with four, while Omaha and Western Illinois each placed one. WIU’s Erica Hagen, DU’s Maddie Myers and SDSU’s Katya Vakshteyn each earn the honor for the second time.

To be eligible for The Summit League Academic All-League team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale), completed at least one full academic year at the current institution and participated in 50 percent of their team’s competitions.  The men’s and women’s swimming and diving all-league teams are made up of the 10 student-athletes receiving the most votes with all ties standing.

Name School Yr. Event GPA Major
Robert Bretl Valparaiso Jr. Swimming 3.77 Education/History
Steve Fishman * Eastern Illinois Sr. Swimming 3.96 Biology
Christian Fossum South Dakota So. Swimming 3.92 Math
Dan Jacobson South Dakota State Sr. Swimming 3.41 Biology and Microbiology
Anton Loncar ^* Denver Sr. Swimming 3.64 International Business
Chris Rumrill ^* South Dakota State Sr. Swimming 3.98 Electrical Engineering
Wyatt Rumrill ^ South Dakota State Jr. Swimming 4.00 Human Biology
Josh Sorbe South Dakota So. Swimming 4.00 Political Science & Business Administration
Alex Walton Denver Sr. Swimming 3.32 Finance
Peter Webster Denver So. Swimming 3.55 Electrical Engineering

Name School Yr. Event GPA Major
Bailey Andison Denver Jr. Swimming 3.47 International Studies
Richelle Bruyckere South Dakota State Jr. Swimming 3.44 Speech Communication and French
Annika Clinton Omaha Jr. Diving 3.67 Journalism and Media Communication
Erica Hagen ^ Western Illinois Jr. Swimming 3.62 Accountancy
Cassie Hendricks South Dakota State Sr. Swimming 3.61 Exercise Science
Gabby Langerud South Dakota State Jr. Swimming 3.89 Exercise Science
Emily Moore South Dakota State Sr. Diving 3.60 Exercise Science
Maddie Myers * Denver Sr. Swimming 3.57 International Business
Ashley Theobald South Dakota State So. Swimming 3.93 Political Science and Agricultural Leadership
Annelyse Tullier Denver Jr. Swimming 3.64 Finance
Katya Vakshteyn ^ South Dakota State Sr. Swimming 3.86 Pharmacy
Josie Valette Denver So. Swimming 3.94 Environmental Science

^2016-17 Academic All-League Honoree
*2015-16 Academic All-League Honoree 

Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.orgwebsite, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.

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