March 2, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS -- Aleksander Danielewski, Joe Smith, Patricia Aschan, Melissa VanderMeulen, Takara Martin, Rachel Waite and Alysse Fischer have earned Horizon League Swimming and Diving Academic All-League honors announced by the league office. The Golden Grizzlies led the way with a conference-high seven honorees.

Danielewski, a senior from Piaseczno, Poland, won the 200-yard backstroke at the league championships while also placing third in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke. He carries a 3.90 grade-point average in electrical engineering.

Smith, a sophomore from Chelsea, Mich., has maintained a 3.84 GPA in health sciences while becoming the first Oakland male diver to sweep diving at the Horizon League Championships. He broke the school record on both the 1- and 3-meter boards on Jan. 27 with scores of 343.05 and 362.40 respectively.

Aschan, a senior from Raisio, Finland, finished her career with 18 league titles and was awarded Female Athlete of the Year and Meet for the third straight year, the first time in Horizon League history that feat has been accomplished. She carries a 3.62 GPA in psychology.

Fischer, a junior from Beverly Hills, Mich., was a member of the champion 800 free relay team at Horizon League Championships while also placing sixth in the 500 and 1,650 free and 13th in the 200 free. She currently holds a 3.82 GPA in elementary education.

Martin, a senior from Thunder Bay, Ontario, set the school record in the 100 breaststroke at the Horizon League Championships with a time of 1:01.22 while claiming a league title in the event. She also was on the winning 400 medley relay team, She placed runner-up in the 200 breaststroke and the 200 medley relay, while also earning ninth in the 200 IM. She carries a 3.62 GPA in health sciences.

VanderMeulen, a senior from Holland, Mich., placed in the top eight at the conference championships in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, while also placing 13th in the 50 freestyle. This is her third academic all-league distinction of her career as she holds a 3.83 in health sciences.

Waite, a senior from Tecumseh, Mich., won the 200 breaststroke at the league championships in a school record time of 2:11.94 while also placing runner-up in the 100 breaststroke and 12th in the 200 IM. She maintains a 3.44 GPA in nursing.




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