GW Men's Swimming's Graeter Named Capital One Academic All-America At-Large
Recent Graduate Becomes First-Ever Men's Swimmer to Earn Accolade
June 6, 2013
Capital One Academic All-America At-Large Teams
WASHINGTON - Recent graduate Phillip Graeter capped his standout career with the George Washington men's swimming team with one of the highest academic honors a student-athlete can achieve, as he was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men's At-Large Third Team.
Graeter becomes the first-ever GW men's swimmer to earn the distinguished honor, and he is the first Colonials student-athlete to be named to an Academic All-America team since women's basketball's Sarah-Jo Lawrence in 2008. Last month Graeter was selected to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District At-Large First Team for the second straight year, which made him eligible for Academic All-America status.
"We are very proud of Phillip as he has been an outstanding leader for the swimming team, both athletically and academically," Head Coach Dan Rhinehart said. "We could not be prouder of him. He truly deserves this honor."
The Schwerin, Germany, native graduated in April with a bachelor's degree in systems engineering and garnered a perfect 4.0 grade-point average for his final semester, the highest GPA on the men's swimming team. A two-time Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team selection, Graeter was named to the GW Athletics Academic Dean's List and the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll in all five of his semesters.
His success in the classroom is matched in the pool, as the three-time team MVP is recognized as one of the most decorated swimmers in GW history after securing 11 A-10 Championship medals. A co-captain this past season, Graeter wrapped his notable three-year career in Buff and Blue helping the Colonials to a fourth-place team finish at the A-10 Championship. Graeter made three trips to the podium in his final conference championship appearance, highlighted by his first-ever individual gold medal with a victory in the 400-yard individual medley. Additionally, he finished third in the 200 IM and swam the lead leg of the third-place finishing 800-yard freestyle relay that set a new school record.
At the second annual Georgey Awards in May, Graeter earned the Male Athlete of the Year award. Prior to graduation, he was the recipient of the top senior male athletics award as he was named the J. Dallas Shirley Most Outstanding Senior Male Student-Athlete. Graeter intends to remain at GW for graduate school to pursue his master's in engineering management with a concentration in energy and environmental management.
The yearly award, voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), selects distinguished student-athletes from the following sports: women's bowling, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, women's rowing, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo, men's wrestling and men's volleyball.
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