Zennedjian and Shields Earn Academic All-Conference Nods

Shields swam on the 200 medley relay team that won bronze at A-10s

Shields swam on the 200 medley relay team that won bronze at A-10s

March 28, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Michael Zennedjian and Courtney Shields have been named to the Atlantic 10 Conference Swimming and Diving Academic All-Conference Team as announced by the conference office Wednesday, Mar. 28. This is the first academic nod for both swimmers.

Zennedjian, a marketing major, was named the Atlantic 10 Men's Most Outstanding Performer for the second consecutive year in February at the conference championships. The Farmington Hills, Mich., native won three individual and two relay gold medals this year in Buffalo, N.Y., and he set a meet, conference and school record in the 200 IM. For his career, Zennedjian has 11 individual and five relay medals from the A-10 Championships.

Shields, a finance major, swam the butterfly leg on the bronze-medal winning 200 medley relay team at this year's A-10 Championships. Her split was 24.15 and the team set a school record with a time of 1:43.06.

Xavier swimming continues to excel in the pool and the classroom. This year the women's squad had a team GPA of 3.34, tied with Yale for 49th in the nation, while the men had a 3.39 team GPA and were tied for sixth in the country with Boston College. Both squads boasted the best team GPA in the Atlantic 10.

Stay tuned to GoXavier.com for more information on Xavier swimming.

Men's Academic All-Conference Team

Devon Morris, Fordham

Phillip Graeter, George Washington

Spencer Neff, George Washington

Blase Szyszko, La Salle

Christopher Inglis, Massachusetts

Alexander Merkulov, Massachusetts

Troy Nichols, Massachusetts

Mike Murphy, St. Bonaventure

Yi Liu, St. Bonaventure

Michael Zennedjian, Xavier

Women's Academic All-Conference Team

Caitlin Zajko, Duquesne

Brienne Ryan, Fordham

Caroline Myers, George Washington



Molly Elkins, Massachusetts

Katie Mangano, Rhode Island

Lauren Hines, Richmond

Mali Kobelja, Richmond

Mina Vucic, Richmond

McKenzie Courtney, St. Bonaventure

Taylor Streid, Saint Louis

Courtney Shields, Xavier