Upperco & Duffield Earn A-10 Academic Honors
March 5, 2009
PHILADELPHIA - The Atlantic 10 named senior diver Karen Upperco the women's Student-Athlete of the Year for swimming and diving on Wednesday, David Zenk of George Washington was named Student-Athlete of the Year for the men, while they also announced the Academic All-Conference teams. Earning Academic All-Conference honors for the Minutemen was sophomore diver Adam Duffield.
Upperco had an outstanding senior season as she defended her title in the one-meter diving competition (270.70) while she also earned a gold medal in the three-meter dive, something she hasn't done since her freshman season, after scoring 292.15 in the event at this year's A-10 Championships. Upperco now holds the A-10 records in both diving events with her top performance in the three-meter this year. The Titusville, N.J. native was also named A-10 Most Outstanding Diver for the third time in her career after her performances all season and at the Championships. This is something that has only been done once before in the Atlantic 10, from 2000-02, when Melanie Coots of La Salle earned such accolades three years in a row.
This is not the first time Upperco has been honored for both her excellence on the diving board and in the classroom. Upperco was named a 2007-08 UMass Winter Female Scholar-Athlete as a junior while she was also named to the A-10 Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll as a sophomore and junior. The senior boasts a 3.513 cumulative GPA while majoring in Psychology.
Sophomore Adam Duffield was also honored by the A-10 as he was named to the Academic All-Conference team for the first time in his career. Duffield has been a consistent point-earner for the Minutemen all season while carrying a 3.64 GPA in his year and a half at UMass, majoring in engineering, as he helped the Minutemen to their third consecutive A-10 Championship. The Brookfield, Conn, native finished sixth in the one-meter and fifth in the three-meter dive at this season's A-10 Championships and ranks eighth all-time in UMass history in the three-meter dive.
Joining Upperco on the women's swimming & diving Academic All-Conference team teammates Lauren Beaudreau and Katie Sieben of Richmond; Duquesne's Katrina Streiner; Caitlin Napoli of Fordham; La Salle's Shannon Duval; Allison Whalen of St. Bonaventure; Anna Larson of Saint Louis; and Xavier's Kari Peglar and Martha Cutter-Wilson.
Zenk and Duffield were also joined on the men's swimming & diving Academic All-Conference team by Anthony Herzog and Edward LeBlanc of Duquesne; Fordham's Billy Colton, Justin Coombs and Ryan Coombs; Michael Dahle and Stephen Sheridan of Saint Louis; and Xavier's Jake Burke.