Nine Gaucho Swimmers and Divers Receive Pac-12 All-Academic Honors


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara men's swim and dive team placed nine of its members on the Pac-12 All-Academic Team it was announced Friday by the conference. Two earned first team recognition, two were named to the second team and five received honorable mention honors.

In order to be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and be either a starter or a significant contributor. 

Earning first team nods for the Gauchos are divers Erich Brodbeck and Ryan Gerard. Brodbeck, a sophomore, carries a 3.83 GPA and is majoring in Chemical Engineering. Gerard, also a sophomore, carries a 3.70 GPA and is majoring in Political Science.

Chris Dotson and Andrew Latimer were each named to the second team for UCSB. Dotson, a sophomore, holds a 3.42 GPA and is majoring in Economics with a minor in Mathematics. Latimer, a senior, has a 3.34 GPA and will major in Philosophy. Latimer earned All-Academic honors for the third consecutive season. 

Five Gauchos recieved honorable mention and they were sophomore Wade Allen, junior Andrew Dossa, senior Nic Grantham, sophomore Tyler Jean and junior Lucas Norman

UCSB finished seventh at this years Pac-12 Championships and had 13 swimmers acheive NCAA 'B' Cut times in their events. In addition, four school records were broken. School record holder in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, Tim Freeman, will graduate along with seniors Latimer and Grantham.