MUNCIE, Ind. - Ball State men's swimming & diving sophomore butterfly specialist Drew Tharp (Evansville, Ind./Reitz Memorial) has been named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference squad as announced by the league office.
Tharp, a business major with a 4.0 grade-point average, has been named to the squad for the first time in his career with the Cardinals.
He earns the honor after picking up a win in the 200 fly (1:51.86) at the Butler Invitational and clocked in at 1:54.06 in the 200 fly versus Miami. Tharp also tallied 32nd in the 50 free preliminaries at the MAC Championships.
A total of 18 student-athletes earned Academic All-MAC honors, with Eastern Michigan leading all schools with seven selections, followed by Southern Illinois with four selections.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50% of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award. Outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments for the current season are only considered.
2012 Men’s Swimming and Diving Academic All-MAC Team
Drew Tharp - Ball State
Chris Berloth - Buffalo
Kevin Douglas - Eastern Michigan
Troy Esentan - Eastern Michigan
Gus Everson - Eastern Michigan
Michael Kinross - Eastern Michigan
Ricky Linder - Eastern Michigan
Gilles Renard - Eastern Michigan
Andrew Saunders - Eastern Michigan
Colin Gray - Evansville
Michael Cavanaugh - Miami
Alex Reinhardt - Miami
Daan Jansen - Missouri State
Jared Roberts - Missouri State
Jared Bradd - Southern Illinois
Matt Kruse - Southern Illinois
Matt Parsons - Southern Illinois
Justin Wolfe - Southern Illinois