Shields, Conchuratt Earn A-10 Academic All-Conference Nods

Courtney Shields earned academic all-conference for the second year in a row.

Courtney Shields earned academic all-conference for the second year in a row.

March 8, 2013

CINCINNATI - Xavier swimmers Courtney Shields and Sam Conchuratt were both named to the Atlantic 10 Conference Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Academic All-Conference teams on Thursday. Shields and Conchuratt garnered the accolades due to both their performance in the pool and in the classroom.

Shields, a native of Valencia, Pa., was named to the academic all-conference team for the second-straight season and holds a cumulative 3.87 GPA as an accounting major. The senior swimmer was a member of two Xavier relays that fared well at the A-10 Championships, placing third in the women's 200 medley relay and breaking Xavier's team record with a fifth-place showing in the 200 free relay. Shields is a major reason the women's team earned CSCAA Scholar All-America Team honors.

After earning silver medals and second team all-conference accolades in six different events at the A-10 Championships, Conchuratt picked up an academic all-conference nod. During the course of the season, the Tualatin, Ore., native picked up two A-10 Performer of the Week awards. Conchuratt carries a 3.50 GPA in international studies and was integral in helping the men's team to CSCAA Scholar All-America Team honors with the third-highest team GPA in the country.

The men's and women's teams recently wrapped up the Atlantic 10 Championships. XU placed third for the second-consecutive year and fourth time overall on the men's side. The women's team finished 10th in the championships.

Men's Academic All-Conference Team
Phillip Graeter, George Washington
Jake Mortensen, George Washington
Blase Szyszko, La Salle
Daniel Fitzgerald, La Salle
Alexander Merkulov, Massachusetts
Chris Inglis, Massachusetts
Michael Glenn, Massachusetts
Troy Nichols, Massachusetts
Sam Conchuratt, Xavier
Nathan Destree, St. Bonaventure



Women's Academic All-Conference Team
Caroline Myers, George Washington
Emily Thomesen, Rhode Island
Mail Kobelja, Richmond
Mina Vucic, Richmond
Michaela Butler, Massachusetts
Courtney Shields, Xavier
Meghan Smith, Duquesne
Morgan Peterson, Saint Louis
Taylor Streid, Saint Louis
Brienne Ryan, Fordham