March 28, 2012
2011-12 Atlantic 10 All-Academic Teams
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – George Washington men’s swimming junior Phillip Graeter and sophomore Spencer Neff were named to the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Academic All-Conference Team, announced by the league on Wednesday.
The yearly award marks the first for both Grater and Neff, who were joined by eight other A-10 student-athletes from Fordham, La Salle, Massachusetts, St. Bonaventure and Xavier.
Graeter, a systems engineering major from Schwerin, Germany, owns the highest grade-point average on the Colonials’ squad with an overall mark of 3.89. He also earned a spot on the GW Athletic Academic Dean’s List in Feb., with a perfect 4.0 GPA for the 2011 fall semester.
Grater excels both in the classroom and in the pool, as he tallied four top-three finishes and broke two school records at the A-10 Championships this year. He finished second in the 400- and 200-yard individual medley events and second in the 200-yard backstroke, while also guiding the 800-yard freestyle relay team to a third-place finish. Graeter also finished the season having won every event he competed in at home at the Charles E. Smith Center pool.
Neff, a civil engineering major from Gig Harbor, Wash., also earned a spot on the GW Athletic Academic Dean’s List with a 3.76 GPA. Neff made his first trip to the podium at this year’s A-10 Championships with a third-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a career-best time of 15:53.34.