March 3, 2007
CLEVELAND - Following its runner-up finish at the 2007 Mid-American Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, the Miami University men's swimming and diving team placed four athletes on the all-MAC academic team. Sophomore Nick DuPuis, juniors Paul Ricard and Ryan Reinke and senior Eric Teske each earned academic all-conference honors for the first time in their careers.
DuPuis, who owns a 3.53 GPA in communication and management, was one of two RedHawk swimmers to earn both academic all-MAC and first-team all-MAC honors during the 2006-07 season. Also earning first team all-MAC and academic all-MAC honors was Ricard, who owns a 3.30 GPA in political science. In a banner junior season, Ricard won three MAC titles, reset two school records in the distance freestyle events and was named the MAC Swimmer of the Year for the second straight season.
Joining DuPuis and Ricard on the academic all-MAC team were Reinke and Teske, a pair of Miami divers. Reinke holds a 3.94 GPA in mechanical engineering, while Teske holds a 3.82 GPA in exercise science and health studies.
A total of 13 student-athletes were named to the all-MAC academic team, with Miami's four honorees being the second most of any team in the conference. Eastern Michigan placed six student-athletes on the all-MAC academic team.
The all-MAC academic team is voted on by the faculty athletic representatives at the conference schools, and the honor is designated for student-athletes who excel in both athletics and academics. To qualify for the award, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible.
2007 MEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING
ACADEMIC ALL-MAC TEAM
Zach Whitaker, Ball State, Sr., 3.521, Public Relations
Richard Shi, Buffalo, So., 3.7, Biomedical Pharmacology
Steven Bowling, Eastern Michigan, Jr., 3.43, Exercise Science
Donald Ellison, Eastern Michigan, So., 3.98, Physics
Mark Kurtzer, Eastern Michigan, So., 3.91, Business
Andrzej Olesinski, Eastern Michigan, Jr., 3.65, International Business
Michael Rowland, Eastern Michigan, Jr., 3.33, Biology
Dan Wohl, Eastern Michigan, Sr., 3.24, Exercise Science
Nick DuPuis, Miami, So., 3.53, Communication/Management
Ryan Reinke, Miami, Jr., 3.94, Mechanical Engineering
Paul Ricard, Miami, Jr., 3.30, Political Science
Eric Teske, Miami, Sr., 3.81, Exercise Science/Health Studies
Theodore Hollingsworth, Ohio, So., 3.76, Computer Engineering