COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College swimming & diving men's senior Seamus Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) and women's junior Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) were among 72 student-athletes across seven sports selected for a Northeast-10 Conference Academic All-Conference honor for the winter athletic season, the NE10 announced on Tuesday.
Butler joined Nathan Paluso '15 as the only male Purple Knights named NE10 Academic All-Conference multiple times, having also claimed the honor as a sophomore before studying abroad during the spring semester of his junior year. Saint Michael's men have now been recognized 10 times in the last 12 seasons, as Butler was among 11 males from around the league so honored. Giampietro was also one of 11 women cited by the NE10, as she landed her initial accolade. Purple Knight women have been honored 17 times in the past 15 seasons.
A senior captain, Butler claimed six victories this past winter, all as part of relay teams. In all, he was among the top three during 19 different events during the season, and placed as high as 15th in the 100-yard breaststroke during the NE10 Championship. Butler carries a 3.77 cumulative grade-point average as an English major, and has qualified for the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll six times and for the Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) Academic Achievement Award twice.
Giampietro won 21 events during her junior season, including 11 of the solo variety, while qualifying for three finals races at the NE10 Championship, including taking sixth in the 100 breast. Giampietro, who has a 3.83 GPA as a double major in elementary education and mathematics, holds four school records. She has qualified five times for the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and claimed a 2017-18 D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award.
The NE10 Academic All-Conference teams are chosen by a vote of committee of athletic administrators and Faculty Athletic Representatives (FAR). To be eligible for selection to the academic all-conference teams, a student-athlete must have met and/or exceeded the following minimum requirements: 1) participated in at least half of the team's competitions and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative GPA; and 3) completed at least one academic year at their current institution.