Graeter and Mortensen of GW Men's Swimming Named to A-10 All-Academic Team
Annual Award Marks Second for Graeter, First for Mortensen
March 8, 2013
The award marks the second straight nod for Graeter, while Mortensen picks up his first academic honor. To be nominated for the award, student-athletes must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale for their entire collegiate careers.
A systems engineering with a cumulative GPA of 3.87, Graeter was also named to the 2012 GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List as well as the Fall 2012 A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. In May of last year he earned a spot on the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District II At-Large First Team.
The Schwerin, Germany product and two-time team MVP served as a co-captain this season. He helped pace the Colonials at the A-10 Championships as he made three trips to the podium and was a part of a school record-setting performance. Graeter claimed his first-ever goal medal in the 400-yard individual medley when he touched the wall in an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 3:53.72. The senior also swam the lead-off leg of the third-place finishing 800-yard freestyle relay team that set a new school record of 6:36.75. He then took home third in the 200-IM with a time of 1:49.63 and fifth in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:45.67.
Mortensen, a civil engineering major, owns a cumulative GPA of 3.65. The Albuquerque, N.M., native was also named to the 2012 GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List as well as the Fall 2012 A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
At last month’s A-10 Championships, Mortensen swam the lead-off leg of the school record-breaking 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:31.32 that finished in sixth place, snapping a 14-year-old mark that was set in 1999. He also took home first in the B Final of the 200-back, ninth overall, with a time of 1:49.77. Mortensen finished second in the B Final of the 100-back, good for 10thoverall, in 50.53 seconds, and swam the lead-off leg of the 400-medley relay team that finished sixth with a time of 3:20.57.
2012-13 Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team
Phillip Graeter, George Washington
Jake Mortensen, George Washington
Blase Szyszko, La Salle
Daniel Fitzgerald, La Salle
Alexander Merkulov, Massachusetts
Chris Inglis, Massachusetts
Michael Glenn, Massachusetts
Troy Nichols, Massachusetts
Sam Conchuratt, Xavier
Nathan Destree, St. Bonaventure
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