March 3, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Boston University junior Cole Puchi was named Men's Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was one of 10 student-athletes named to the Academic All-League team, it was announced Monday by the Patriot League.
The Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Academic All-League team are nominated and voted on by the League's swimming and diving sports information directors who cannot cast a ballot for their own student-athletes.
Army and Navy each placed multiple student-athletes on the Men's Swimming and Diving Academic All-League team and five other programs were represented. Navy senior Ben Freedman was honored for the third straight year and classmate Hugh Davison was a repeat performer from a year ago. Bucknell's Trevor Reitz and Army's Joon Chung also are back on the Academic All_League team for the second straight year. The 10-member squad is rounded out by Army's William Viana, Holy Cross' Anthony Russo, Lafayette's Greg Grewal, Lehigh's Sean Brant and Navy's Jonathan Debaugh.
Puchi was named to the All-Patriot League first team after finishing third in the 200 freestyle while setting a new school record, 8th place in the 50 freestyle and
a key member of the Boston University relay teams that performed well in the Patriot League Championships.
A native of Tucson, Ariz., Puchi maintains a 3.58 GPA in Business Administration & Management. Competing for the first time in the Patriot League, he was on the 2012 and 2013 America East Commissioner's Honor Roll.
The rest of the list includes student-athletes who have not only excelled in the pool but also in the classroom. Freedman placed third on both boards during the 2014 league championships and was named second-team All-Patriot League. Freedman has a GPA of 3.60 in Systems Engineering. Davison was also second team All-Patriot League after finishing fourth in the 100 freestyle, sixth in the 50 freestyle and seventh in the 200 freestyle. Davison has a 3.48 GPA in Systems Engineering.
Chung earned 19 points at the Patriot League Championships competing for Army in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Chung has a 3.932 in Information Systems Engineering. Reitz, a Bucknell co-captain, finished 12th in 100 butterfly and also contributed on the Bison relays. Reitz boasts a 3.97 GPA in Biology.
Viana scored 30 points for Army in the Patriot League championships and maintains a 3.568 GPA in Computer Science. Russo set career bests in the 50 freestyle and 200 butterfly competing for Holy Cross at the Patriot League Championships and has a 3.63 GPA in Political Science. Brant earned points for Lehigh in the 100 and 200
backstroke and carries a 3.61 GPA in Finance.
Grewal became the first Lafayette swimmer since 2007 to garner All-Patriot League honors while earning 34 points for the Leopards at the Patriot League Championships. Grewal carrier a 3.43 GPA in Chemical Engineering. DeBaugh won both the 100 and 200 butterfly and was named to the All-Patriot League first team. He carries a 3.29 GPA in Information Technology.
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.
2014 Patriot League Academic Awards in Men's Swimming and Diving
Scholar-Athlete of the Year - Jr. Cole Puchi, Boston University
Academic All-Patriot League Team
Jr. Joon Chung, Army
Jr. William Viana, Army
Jr. Cole Puchi, Boston University
Sr. Trevor Reitz, Bucknell
Sr. Anthony Russo, Holy Cross
So. Greg Grewal, Lafayette
Jr. Sean Brant, Lehigh
Sr. Hugh Davison, Navy
So. Jonathan DeBaugh, Navy
Sr. Ben Freedman, Navy