July 24, 2002
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – University of Virginia swimmers Luke Wagner (Englewood, Colo./Regis Jesuit) and Megan Roesch (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) have earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) first-team Academic All-America honors for the 2002 spring semester. For Roesch, it is the fourth consecutive year she has earned CSCAA Academic All-America honors. In addition, the Virginia women’s swimming team garnered CSCAA Academic All-America accolades with a 2.98 GPA during the spring semester.
Wagner, who is entering his third year at UVa, is one of 33 Division I men’s swimmers to earn CSCAA first-team Academic All-America honors. Wagner was a first-team All-American in 2002 as a member of UVa’s eighth-place 800 free relay team that posted a school record time of 6:28.73. He also earned honorable mention All-America accolades in the 400 medley relay (ninth), 200 backstroke (10th), 200 free relay (11th) and 400 free relay (11th). Wagner, the 2001 ACC Rookie of the Year, won ACC titles in the 100 and 200 backstroke, as well as the 400 and 800 free relays at the 2002 ACC Championships. Wagner was a tri-captain for the Cavaliers who won their fourth consecutive ACC Championship and finished a school-best 11th at the 2002 NCAA Championships. He has twice been named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Roesch, who graduated in May with a degree in finance, had the 12th highest GPA among the 55 Division I swimmers who earned first-team CSCAA Academic All-America honors. She was also named to the Verizon Academic All-America University Division At-Large Third team. Roesch, a sprint freestyle specialist, was a tri-captain of UVa’s nationally-ranked women’s swimming and diving team that finished 12th at the 2002 NCAA Championships. She earned first-team All-America honors as a member of the Cavaliers’ 200 freestyle relay that placed eighth at the 2002 NCAAs. Roesch was also an honorable mention All-American in the 50 freestyle (15th place) and 400 freestyle relay (10th place) in 2002. At the 2002 ACC Championships, Roesch garnered All-ACC honors with a third-place finish in the 50 freestyle. She was fourth in the 200 free and fifth in the 100 free at the ACC Championships. This past spring, Roesch was a recipient of the ACC’s 2002 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award and was also one of three Virginia ACC Scholar-Athlete Award winners. She is a four-time ACC Academic Honor Roll pick.
At the Virginia swimming and diving team’s annual banquet in April, Wagner and Roesch earned the Coaches Award and were both recipients of the Ramirez Family Leadership Award. Wagner also earned the Ramirez Scholarship, while Roesch was the recipient of the team’s Diane Montgomery Greene Award, which is given to the athlete who exemplifies the highest qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, and unselfish service in the interest of athletics at UVa.
To earn CSCAA Academic All-American honors, individuals must possess at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA and qualify to participate in the NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA swimming and diving championships. Schools must earn a minimum of a 2.80 team GPA to be eligible for team CSCAA Academic All-America honors.