Fifteen swimmers and divers named Academic All-MAC

    Matt Frey, a junior majoring in art, boasts a 3.96 GPA.

    Matt Frey, a junior majoring in art, boasts a 3.96 GPA.

    April 30, 2014

    Tim McCaughan

    MAC Release

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - Four Southern Illinois swimmers earned a spot on the Mid-American Conference All-Academic Team, the conference announced. Matt Frey, Calvin Kolar, Till Pallmann and Kegan Skelton were named to the All-Academic first team, while 11 Salukis earned spots on the honorable mention All-Academic team.

    Till Pallmann, a sophomore, has a 3.53 GPA in mechanical engineering. He was named First-Team All-MAC after his performance during the 2014 MAC Championships. He posted three top-three finishes, including a second consecutive win in the 500-freestyle. He broke the MAC, school and pool records with his time of 4:20.47.

    Calvin Kolar, a junior, has a 3.81 GPA in history. He was a First-Team All-Conference swimmer this year. During the MAC Championship, Kolar, along with teammates Oleg Rabota, Dusan Vukobrat and Pallmann broke a 32 year-old school record in the 400-medley relay.

    Matt Frey, a junior majoring in art, boasts a 3.96 GPA. Frey placed sixth in the B Final of the 100-fly during the MAC Championships. Frey played a major role on the Saluki relay squads, finishing the year with five top-four finishes.

    Kegan Skelton, another junior, has a 3.31 GPA in management. Skelton was a second-team All-Conference diver for the second consecutive year. Skelton posted a lifetime best in both the one and three-meter dives during the MAC Championship. He finished second overall in the three-meter dive, posting a 383.83, placing him fifth in school history. He then went on to finish third in the one-meter contest.

    Esteavo Andrade, Jeffrey Chen, Caleb Coots, Jacob Lucheon, Olaf Meller, George Minkel, Nathan Ray, Andres Saavedra, Eric Sparks, Andrew Spencer and Shaun Wolfe all earned spots on the honorable mention All-Academic team.

    The Salukis men's team is one of the best academic programs in the country. SIU posted the fifth-best team GPA in the country for the spring 2014 semester at 3.36, the highest GPA in the MAC.

    First-team Academic All-Conference selections were selected by faculty-athletic representatives from each institution. Honorable mention selections were swimmers and divers that qualified for All-Academic status but were not selected to the first team.

    Eligible athletes had a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2, competed in at least half of the contests this year and had been at the institution for more than one year.