May 7, 2010
Center Valley, Pa.-- Navy's Adam Meyer was named the CollegeSwimming.com Men's Mid-Major Swimmer of the Year, while Tara Chapmon and Thuy-Mi Dinh were named to the Women's Mid-Major All-America team by the organization recently.
Fourteen Patriot League Athletes also received Mid-Major Honorable Mention All-America accolades. Navy led the league with eight swimmers represented, followed by Colgate with three. American University had two honorable mentions, and Bucknell had one swimmer on the list.
A total of nine men and 16 women were named to the Mid-Major All-America teams, which honored swimmers from mid-major programs who competed at the NCAA Championship Meet. Navy was one of five schools with both men and women swimmers represented and its three total honors tied the Mids with Harvard and Princeton for the most in the country. Honorable-Mention is awarded to a swimmer who achieved an NCAA `B' cut but did not receive an invitation to the championship.
Meyer was one of two swimmers from mid-major programs to score points at the 2010 NCAA Men's Championship. He placed sixth in the consolation final (14th overall) of the 200 butterfly at the meet in Columbus, Ohio. The two-time Patriot League Swimmer of the Year competed in a total of five events at the 2009 and `10 NCAA Championship meets.
Chapmon became the first Navy and Patriot League swimmer to compete in three individual events at a single NCAA Women's Division I Championship meet. The three-time Patriot League Swimmer of the Year and two-time NCAA qualifier placed 23rd in the 200 free, 32nd in the 500 free and 42nd in the 100 free at the 2010 Women's NCAA Championship held in West Lafayette, Ind.
Dinh ended her senior year placing 24th in the 50 free and 52nd in the 100 free at this years meet, making her the first Mid and league swimmer to qualify for three NCAA Women's Division I Championship meets. She is also the only Patriot League and Navy swimmer to qualify for the national championship with an NCAA `A' cut time.
In addition to the accolades of Meyer, Chapmon and Dinh, eight of their teammates were named Mid-Major Honorable Mention All-America. Navy men's team members included Mac Anthony, Steve Dukleth, Erik Hunter, Sam Martinette, Mark Meyer, William Norton and Justin Vagts. American's Matthew Peleltier also received Honorable Mention recognition.
On the women's side, the Patriot League was represented by Colgate's Erica Derlath, Caren Guyett and Erin McGraw. American's Dorothy Isaacs, Bucknell's Courtney Warren and Navy's Laura Gorinski were also named to the list.
Mid-major institutions are designated as colleges or universities that are not affiliated with a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conference as well as those institutions awarding less than half of the maximum-allowable scholarships (seven for women, five for men).