March 6, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Bucknell senior Christian Treat was named Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year and headed up a list of 10 student-athletes on the Academic All-Patriot League team, it was announced Wednesday.
The All-Academic Team is comprised of six student-athletes from League champion Navy, including Ben Bondurant and Justin Vagts, and juniors Hugh Davison, Ben Freedman, Luke Hoffer and Sean Murphy. Bucknell placed two, with Trevor Reitz joining Treat. American junior Bobby Ballance and Army’s Joon Chung rounded out the team.
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.
Treat made history by becoming the first in Patriot League history to be named Scholar-Athlete of the Year three straight years. Last year he became just the third in League annals to garner the award twice in men’s swimming and diving.
Treat garnered first-team All-Patriot League laurels at the League’s championship meet for the second straight season after taking fourth place in the 200 IM and 100 breast (where his time of 55.67 broke a Bucknell record), and adding a five-place showing in the 200 breast. He was the second-highest scorer on his team at the meet behind Mike Nicholson. In all, Treat has scored in 12 individual races at the League meet.
Treat’s academic achievement have been just as impressive. A three-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, the Evergreen, Colo., native is a six-time member of Bucknell’s Dean’s List, and belongs to the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, where is the scholarship and social chair. Treat is also a student-athlete leader in the Bison Leadership academy, and has participated in a number of community-based initiatives, including Swim Across America to raise funding for cancer research and also volunteering at the Special Olympics. Treat is the co-author of three journal articles, including one that was published in the Journal of Public Transportation.
Treat owns a 3.67 cumulative grade-point average as an animal behavior major.
The remaining nine members of the Academic All-League team have been impressive both in and out of the water. Ballance is an interdisciplinary studies major with a 3.20 GPA. He won the bronze at the League meet in the 100 back, and earned first-team All-League accolades.
Chung, an information systems management major, has a 3.992 GPA. He scored 22 points at the League championships and won a silver medal with Army’s 400 medley relay.
Reitz carries a 3.96 GPA as a biology major. He qualified for a pair of consolation finals at the Patriot League championships in the 50 and 100 free.
Bondurant, an ocean engineering major with a 3.43 GPA, was a first-team All-League selection with three event wins (200 IM, 100 and 200 fly), all of which yielded NCAA B cut times. He tallied six golds at the meet.
Vagts has a 3.28 GPA as a naval architecture major. The 2013 Patriot League Male Swimmer of the Meet won the the 50 free, 1,650 free and 400 IM with three NCAA B cut times while breaking the Navy, League and meet records in the 400 IM (3:49.75).
Davison won the 50, 100 and 200 free events at last month’s championships to earn first-team All-League honors. He finished with six gold medals after contributing to three relay victories.
Freedman has a 3.69 GPA in systems engeering at Navy. A two-time Academic All-League team member, he placed second from the one-meter board at the League championships and was named Male Diver of the Week five times in 2012-13.
Hoffer owns a 3.28 GPA majoring in applied math. He made first-team All-League on points and captured silver in the 200 breast and bronze in the 100 breast, achieving B cut times in both races.
Murphy, an ocean engineering major with a 3.26 GPA, garnered first-team laurels after winning gold in the 200 breast and silver in the 100 breast at last month’s championship meet.
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.
2013 Patriot League Academic Awards in Men’s Swimming and Diving
Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Christian Treat, Bucknell, Sr.
Academic All-Patriot League Team
Bobby Ballance, American, Jr.
Joon Chung, Army, So.
Christian Treat, Bucknell, Sr.
Trevor Reitz, Bucknell, Jr.
Ben Bondurant, Navy, Sr.
Justin Vagts, Navy, Sr.
Hugh Davison, Navy, Jr.
Ben Freedman, Navy, Jr.
Luke Hoffer, Navy, Jr.
Sean Murphy, Navy, Jr.