Feb. 27, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Bucknell junior Christian Treat was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year in Men’s Swimming and Diving and was one of 10 student-athletes to garner Academic All-League honors, it was announced Monday morning by the League office.
A native of Evergreen, Colo., Treat repeats as Scholar-Athlete of the Year, becoming the first back-to-back honoree since Lehigh’s Dan Johnson in 2008-09.
Now in its second year, the Academic All-Patriot League Team was added for all sports beginning in the 2010-11 season to honor additional student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. The Men’s Swimming and Diving Academic All-Patriot League Team consists of 10 student-athletes. Voting for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the Academic All-Patriot League Team is conducted by the League’s swimming and diving sports information directors, who cannot vote for their own student-athletes.
Treat owns a 3.66 cumulative grade-point average as an animal behavior major at Bucknell. He scored a career-high 47 points at the Patriot League Championship Meet from Feb. 16-18, which tied him for first amongst his team and 10th overall. He earned First-Team All-League honors after finishing second in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events. Treat was a member of the All-League Second Team in 2010 and 2011.
Treat has shined in the classroom as well. A two-time member of the League’s Academic Honor Roll and a four-time honoree of Bucknell’s Dean’s List, Treat is the scholarship and social chair of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He has volunteered his time to a number of initiatives, including the Special Olympics and Swim Across America, the latter of which raised funds for cancer research. Treat is also the president of the Key Club and earned the Kiwanis Key Leader Service Award.
Bucknell and Navy placed a League-high four student-athletes on the Academic All-League team. Two seniors led the way for the Mids in Mac Anthony and Mark Meyer. Anthony, a four-time member of the All-League First Team, owns a 3.24 cumulative GPA as an economics major, while Meyer is a systems engineering major with a 3.43 GPA. Joining them from Navy are junior Ben Bondurant, an ocean engineering major with a 3.42 GPA, and sophomore diver Ben Freedman, who has a 3.72 GPA majoring in systems engineering.
Treat led a stable of four from Bucknell to make the team. The three other Bison to earn Academic All-League honors were seniors Taylor Harris, Thomas Brown and Matt Segar. Harris is an accounting major boasting a 3.82 GPA, Brown owns a 3.41 GPA majoring in accounting and Segar has a 3.42 studying computer science.
American and Lafayette both placed one on the team to bring it to 10 members. Sopohomore Matt Wurm represents the Eagles on the Academic All-League team. He owns a 3.29 GPA majoring in business administration. Senior Cory Schutz of Lafayette majors in computer and electrical engineering with a 3.92 GPA.
Treat, Schutz, Anthony, Meyer and Bondurant are now two-time Academic All-League honorees. All five were also members of the inaugural Academic All-League team in 2011.
To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.
The Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for each individual sport comprises the pool of nominees for the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards given out over the summer. One male and one female are selected for this honor.
2012 Patriot League Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Christian Treat, Bucknell, Jr.
2012 Men’s Swimming and Diving Academic All-Patriot League Team
Matt Wurm, American, So.
Thomas Brown, Bucknell, Sr.
Taylor Harris, Bucknell, Sr.
Matt Segar, Bucknell, Sr.
Christian Treat, Bucknell, Jr.
Cory Schutz, Lafayette, Sr.
Mac Anthony, Navy, Sr.
Mark Meyer, Navy, Sr.
Ben Bondurant, Navy, Jr.
Ben Freedman, Navy, So.