GW Swimming's Graeter Named 2012-13 A-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Phillip Graeter ('13) became the first male swimmer in GW and Atlantic 10 history to earn the league's Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.

July 9, 2013

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Recent George Washington men’s swimming graduate Phillip Graeter ('13) added to his decorated collegiate career on Tuesday as he was named 2012-13 Atlantic 10 Male Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Not only is Graeter the first-ever GW swimming student-athlete to earn the distinguished honor, but he is also the first male swimmer in conference history to be selected for the award.

Graeter shares the yearly accolade with recent graduate Max Wennakoski of VCU’s men’s tennis program. The Schwerin, Germany product is the fourth GW student-athlete to be named A-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and is just the second male to earn the honor along with men’s soccer’s Matt Osborne in 2002-03.

“Phillip has been a wonderful representation of our team and what it means to be a student-athlete at GW,” said Head Coach Dan Rhinehart. “His dedication both in the pool and in the classroom is what makes him an outstanding person who is truly deserving of this award. We couldn’t be prouder of him.”

A three-year standout for the Colonials, Graeter capped his career with a wealth accolades both in and out of the pool. He became the first-ever GW men’s swimmer to be named a CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American by earning At-Large Third Team honors in June after being selected to the All-District First Team in May for the second consecutive year. 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 in all six of his semesters, and graduated in April with a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering after garnering a perfect 4.0 grade-point average for his final semester.



His accomplishments in the classroom were mirrored in the pool, as the three-time team MVP will go down as one of the top swimmers in GW history after securing 11 A-10 Championship medals over his career. This past season as a co-captain, he helped the men’s squad to a fourth-place finish at the A-10 Championships with three trips to the podium. His final league championship appearance was highlighted by his first-ever individual gold medal with a victory in the 400-yard individual medley, while he also finished third in the 200 IM and swam the lead leg of the school record breaking 800-yard freestyle relay that finished third.

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 intends to remain at GW for graduate school to pursue his master's in engineering management with a concentration in energy and environmental management.

While Graeter becomes the first-ever GW swimmer to earn A-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year status, three former Colonials have also earned the award – Matt Osborne, men’s soccer (2002-03); Svetlana Vtyurina, volleyball (1995-96); and Darlene Saar, women’s basketball (1994-95). The conference's annual award is presented to a male and female from an Atlantic 10 Conference member institution who best exemplifies the term “student-athlete”. Each nominee must be a starter or significant contributor to his or her team and must carry at least a 3.0 GPA. Each institution is permitted one nominee from each gender, and the award is then voted on by the league's Directors of Athletics. There was a tie in the voting for both the men’s award and the women’s award, resulting in four honorees this year. It marks the first tie in the voting since 1995-96 and the first-ever tie for the women’s award.

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