Xavier University - Two Swimmers Named to A-10 Academic All-Conference Team

by Josh Huger (MrUtopia)

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Created March 28th, 2012 02:42:09 PM

Modified March 28th, 2012 02:42:09 PM

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Michael Zennedjian and Courtney Shields have been named to the Atlantic 10 Conference Swimming and Diving Academic All-Conference Team as announced by the conference office Wednesday, Mar. 28. This is the first academic nod for both swimmers.

Zennedjian, a marketing major, was named the Atlantic 10 Men's Most Outstanding Performer for the second consecutive year in February at the conference championships. The Farmington Hills, Mich., native won three individual and two relay gold medals this year in Buffalo, N.Y., and he set a meet, conference and school record in the 200 IM. For his career, Zennedjian has 11 individual and five relay medals from the A-10 Championships.

Shields, a finance major, swam the butterfly leg on the bronze-medal winning 200 medley relay team at this year's A-10 Championships. Her split was 24.15 and the team set a school record with a time of 1:43.06.

Xavier swimming continues to excel in the pool and the classroom. This year the women's squad had a team GPA of 3.34, tied with Yale for 49th in the nation, while the men had a 3.39 team GPA and were tied for sixth in the country with Boston College. Both squads boasted the best team GPA in the Atlantic 10.

Stay tuned to GoXavier.com for more information on Xavier swimming.

Men's Academic All-Conference Team

Devon Morris, Fordham
Phillip Graeter, George Washington
Spencer Neff, George Washington
Blase Szyszko, La Salle
Christopher Inglis, Massachusetts
Alexander Merkulov, Massachusetts
Troy Nichols, Massachusetts
Mike Murphy, St. Bonaventure
Yi Liu, St. Bonaventure
Michael Zennedjian, Xavier

Women's Academic All-Conference Team

Caitlin Zajko, Duquesne
Brienne Ryan, Fordham
Caroline Myers, George Washington
Molly Elkins, Massachusetts
Katie Mangano, Rhode Island
Lauren Hines, Richmond
Mali Kobelja, Richmond
Mina Vucic, Richmond
McKenzie Courtney, St. Bonaventure
Taylor Streid, Saint Louis
Courtney Shields, Xavier