Graeter, Illes Named to CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District First Team
Swimming's Graeter, Water Polo's Illes Now Eligible for National Academic All-America Honors
May 17, 2012
WASHINGTON - George Washington men's swimming junior Phillip Graeter and men's water polo junior Cameron Illes were both named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District II At-Large First Team on Thursday. Graeter and Illes join 87 other NCAA Division I student-athletes from eight districts who are now eligible for national Academic All-America honors in the At-Large category.
The CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America At-Large program recognizes outstanding student-athletes in the following sports: Women's Bowling, Women's Crew, Men's and Women's Fencing, Women's Field Hockey, Men's and Women's Golf, Men's and Women's Gymnastics, Men's and Women's Ice Hockey, Men's and Women's Lacrosse, Men's and Women's Rifle, Men's and Women's Skiing, Men's and Women's Swimming, Men's and Women's Tennis, Men's Volleyball, Men's and Women's Water Polo, and Men's Wrestling. CoSIDA District II consists of Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) who has completed at least one full year at their current institution, and must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games.
Graeter, a systems engineering major from Schwerin, Germany, owns the highest grade-point average on the Colonials men's swimming team with a cumulative 3.89 GPA. He earned a spot on the GW Athletics Academic Dean's List in February with a perfect 4.0 GPA for the 2011 fall semester and was one of just two Colonials to be named to this year's Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team. Graeter excels in the pool, as well, as he tallied four top-3 finishes and broke two school records at the 2012 A-10 Championships. He finished second in the 200-yard backstroke and 400- and 200-yard individual medley events, while also guiding the 800-yard freestyle relay team to a third-place finish. Graeter also finished the 2011-12 season with an undefeated record at home in the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
Illes, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., boasts a 3.92 cumulative GPA as an economics major and totaled 266 blocks - the fourth-most in a single season in program history - in 2011. A three-year starter at goalkeeper, Illes currently ranks third all-time at GW with 785 career blocks and holds three of the top five single-season block totals in program history. A two-year Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) representative, Illes is a three-time ACWPC All-Academic Team Outstanding Status recipient with a 3.71+ GPA, and he posted consecutive perfect 4.0 GPAs in the spring 2010 and fall 2011 semesters.
The Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.