NORFOLK, Va. – Five members of the UMBC swimming and diving programs have been selected to the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Teams, the association announced Wednesday.
Freshman Kai Wisner (Syracuse, N.Y.), sophomores Emily Vance (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) and Ilia Rattsev (Moscow, Russia), junior Alexander Gliese (Columbia, Md./Long Reach), and senior Philip Adejumo (Elkridge, Md./Howard) were all named as Honorable Mention selections.
In order to be named to a CSCAA Honorable Mention, student-athletes must have a GPA of 3.50, term or cumulative, and achieved an NCAA "B" cut time standard or competed at an NCAA Regional or Zone Diving qualifier.
Wisner ended his rookie campaign, in which he was named America East Male Rookie of the Year, with a 3.56 cumulative GPA as a pre-mechanical engineering major and an NCAA B cut in the 1650 at the conference championships with a time of 15:23.31.
Vance earned a perfect 4.0 GPA for the spring term as a health and public policy major while earning NCAA B cuts in two events. The sophomore broke her own school record, as well as an America East conference record in the 200 back with a time of 1:57.61; Vance is the only female swimmer in UMBC history to swim a sub-two minute time in the event. She also broke Lauren Day's record in the 100 back at the ECAC Championships with a time of 54.36.
Rattsev, who was named Most Outstanding Male Swimmer at this year's America East Championships earned a perfect 4.0 spring GPA and holds a 3.94 cumulative GPA as a bioinformatics major. The sophomore earned NCAA B cut times in the 200 free at the ECAC Championships in a time of 1:36.91, the 100 free at the America East Championship with a time of 43.92, and the 50 free at the America East Championships in a school record time of 20.00. Rattsev was also named to the America East All-Academic Team.
Gliese earned a 3.77 spring GPA and holds 3.72 cumulative GPA as a mechanical engineering major. The America East All-Academic Team selection earned an NCAA B cut in the 200 back at the America East Championship, where he set a school and conference record with a time of 1:45.27, breaking former Retriever Mohamed Hussein's record.
Adejumo earned his degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, posting a 3.71 spring GPA. The senior, who was also named to the America East All-Academic Team in 2018, earned an NCAA B cut in the 100 fly at the conference championships as he set a school record, touching in with a time of 47.43.
Overall, the CSCAA named a record 1,069 swimmers and divers for its All-America team, which includes those students who achieved a 3.50 GPA and competed at their respective Swimming and Diving Championships. The CSCAA also named 1,137 students to its Honorable Mentions list.