Four Bulls Named to Academic All-MAC Swim Teams

BUFFALO, NY – Four members of the University at Buffalo swimming and diving team were named to the Academic All-MAC squad. The league announced its 2014 honorees from its Cleveland headquarters on Wednesday. 

Named to the women's team were Ava Giachino and Brittney Kuras. Eric Forrester and John Nord were named to the men's squad.

Giachino is a senior anthropology major with a 3.65 grade point average. She was the Bulls' top diver this season.  Giachino posted team-best scores in the one-meter (288.00) and three-meter (311.33) boards this year. Giachino advanced to the Zone A Diving Championships where she finished in 10th place on the one-meter board.

Kuras, a senior psychology major with a 3.95 grade point average, was named to the Academic All-MAC team for the second straight season. Kuras is coming off a season in which she was named the MAC's Most Outstanding Swimmer for the third straight season. She won all three individual events she entered and anchored the winning 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams at the MAC Championships. Kuras won the 100 freestyle with a school-record time of 48.50 – breaking her own school record. She advanced to the NCAA Championships where she broke the school and MAC record in the 200 IM with a time of 1:58.01.

Forrester, a junior chemical engineering major with a 3.89 GPA, has been named to the team for the second straight year. This season, he finished eighth in the 100 butterfly at the MAC Championships with a season-best time of 48.84. He also finished eighth in the B Final of the 100 backstroke.

Nord is also a second time Academic All-MAC honoree. The junior physics major has a 3.76 GPA. Nord finished fifth in the 200 breaststroke at the MAC Championships with a season-best time of 1:59.43. He also placed sixth in the B Final of the 200 IM and eighth in the B Final of the 100 breaststroke at the MAC Championships.

In addition to the four Bulls named to the Academic All-MAC squad, Marissa Murphy was named to the Academic All-MAC honorable mention list. Murphy is a social science interdisciplinary major with a 3.42 grade point average.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award. Outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments from the current season only are considered. The Academic All-MAC team is voted on by the league's faculty athletic representatives.