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Five Wildcats Earn A-10 All-Academic Swimming and Diving Honors

by | Jun 24, 2021

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Fresh off a pair of third-place Atlantic 10 Conference team finishes, Davidson Swimming and Diving put five athletes on the A-10 All-Academic Team, the league announced Wednesday.

Seniors Mitchell Stanek, Daniel Valmassei and Kilian Quinn were named to the men’s team, while junior Siena Senn and sophomore Shelby Stanley, the A-10 Most Outstanding Female Performer, were honored on the women’s team. It’s the second honor for Senn and Valmassei, who were also recognized a year ago.

Five is the most honorees the Wildcats have had in a single year, matching 2017.

“Proud of these ‘Cats,” said coach John Young. “All-Academic Team selections reinforce my confidence that our swimmers and divers are taking full advantage of the best parts of their Davidson experience. I’m thrilled to see these five recognized and continually impressed by the whole team’s level of academic achievement.”

Stanek, who recently earned a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, contributed across the board for the Wildcats. The economics major finished fifth in the 200 breaststroke, sixth in the 400 IM and helped the 800 freestyle relay unit swim to fifth. He also reached the 200 IM finals.

A psychology major, Stanley earned seven A-10 medals, including five golds, while accounting for a league-best 57 points at the championship meet. She swept the 100 and 200 butterfly event titles, setting the school record in both, and swam on three winning relays (200 free, 200 medley, 800 free). Stanley also took silver in the 50 free and bronze with the 400 medley relay.

Senn, an interdisciplinary studies major, earned five A-10 medals and ranked sixth among women with 52 points at the A-10 championships. She repeated as the 500 free champion and swam on the A-10 champion 800 free relay. She helped the 400 free relay team take silver and earned bronze in the 200 and 1,650 free events.

Quinn, a physics major, swam on the A-10 champion 200 medley relay team and took silver with the 200 free relay. He also placed seventh in the 50 free and reached the 100 free finals.

Valmassei, a physics major, earned silver in one-meter diving and set a school record in the event.

Men’s Team
Kilian Quinn, Davidson
Daniel Valmassei, Davidson
Mitchell Stanek, Davidson
Drake Moretz, George Mason
Marek Osina, George Washington
Emils Pone, George Washington
Casey Ransford, Massachusetts
Maciej Danilewski, St. Bonaventure
Tjaard Krusch, St. Bonaventure
Janssen Gamilla, Saint Louis

Women’s Team
Siena Senn, Davidson
Shelby Stanley, Davidson
Emma Brinton, Duquesne
Hanna Everhart, Duquesne
Clare Flanagan, Duquesne
Jacquee Clabeaux, George Mason
Sara Rizzetto, La Salle
Brooke Kelley, Rhode Island
Claire O’Shaughnessy, Richmond
Rachel Kimmel, St. Bonaventure

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