Four Swimming Student-Athletes Named to America East All-Academic Team
ORONO, Maine -- Four University of Maine swimming student-athletes have been named to the 2012-13 America East All-Academic team, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday afternoon. Robbie Bickford (Milford, Maine) and Connor Devers (North Attleboro, Maine) represent the men's team on the squad while Carmen Linden (Ottawa, Ontario) and Naja Harvey (Orono, Minn.) received the honor on the women's side.
Bickford, a biochemistry major with a 3.95 GPA, was a unanimous selection to this year's squad while Devers, an english major with a 3.81 GPA, receives his first honor.
Linden, a 3.94 sociology major, has been named to the all-academic team for the second-straight year while Harvey, a 3.57 communications major, has been honored for the first time.
The All-Academic squads are a product of the June 2005 Athletics Directors meeting where faculty representatives and athletics directors from each of the conference's nine member institutions decided to honor the league's top student-athletes, who excel equally in the classroom as they do on the playing field.
For the fourth straight year, America East will select the All-Academic teams using CoSIDA's Academic All-America program as a model. Student-athletes worthy of consideration are nominated by member sports information directors and voted on by a committee of SIDs, academic advisors and faculty representatives from all nine member institutions.
All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time or are made up of 10 student-athletes for individual sports. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team's games or competitions. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.