Men's Swimming Alum Phillip Graeter Formally Recognized by Board of Trustees
Oct. 17, 2013
In a ceremony on Thursday afternoon at the Cloyd Heck Marvin Center on the Foggy Bottom campus of the George Washington University, GW men's swimming alumnus Phillip Graeter '13 was formally recognized by the Board of Trustees for having been named the 2012-13 Atlantic 10 Male Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Chairman Nelson Carbonell and Trustee Allan From joined Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero in recognizing Graeter.
One of the university's most decorated student-athletes of all-time, Graeter became not only the first-ever GW swimming student-athlete to earn the distinguished honor, but also the first male swimmer in conference history to be selected for the award, and just the fourth GW student-athlete all-time to be named A-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
A three-year standout for the Colonials, Graeter capped his career with a wealth accolades both in and out of the pool. A two-time A-10 All-Academic Team selection, Graeter was named to both the GW Athletics Academic Dean's List and the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll every semester at GW, and he graduated in April with a bachelor's degree in systems engineering after garnering a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in his final semester.
His accomplishments in the classroom were mirrored in the pool, as the three-time team MVP won 11 A-10 Championship medals over his career. As a team co-captain in 2012-13, he made three trips to the medal podium at the A-10 Championships, and highlighted his final league championship appearance with a gold medal in the 400-yard individual medley.
At GW's second annual Georgey Awards in May, Graeter earned the Male Athlete of the Year award, and prior to graduation, he was the recipient of the top senior male athletics award - the J. Dallas Shirley Most Outstanding Senior Male Student-Athlete.
Graeter capped his standout career with one of the highest academic honors a student-athlete can achieve, when he was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men's At-Large Team. In doing so, Graeter became the first-ever GW men's swimmer to earn the distinguished honor, and the first Colonials student-athlete to be named to an Academic All-America team since 2008, all the while exemplifying what GW Athletics strives for - becoming champions in competition, in the classroom and in the community.