Mallory Comerford, Anton Ipsen Win ACC Swimming and Diving Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards

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NCAA champions Mallory Comerford of Louisville and Anton Ipsen of NC State highlight the 2017-18 All-ACC Academic Swimming and Diving Teams.


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Comerford majors in marketing and boasts a 3.781 career GPA. She achieved a perfect 4.0 in the Fall 2017 semester, is a Dean’s Scholar, a Chi Alpha Sigma Member, a Red & Black Scholar Athlete, and a member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.

The reigning NCAA Champion and second-fastest American woman ever in the 200 free, Comerford was also voted ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Year, and the Most Valuable Swimmer of the 2018 ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The junior from Kalamazoo, Michigan, took second place in the 100 free at the NCAAs, and earned six total All-American nods.

At the 2018 ACC Championships, Comerford earned five individual league titles, setting an ACC Championship record in the 100 free with a time of 46.65.


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Ipsen majors in industrial engineering, and has a perfect 4.0 career GPA. The Wolfpack swimmer is a CSCAA Scholar All-American, a member of the Dean’s List, and was named the NC State Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Ipsen, a senior from Birkerød, Denmark, is the reigning NCAA Champion in the 1650 free, and earned three total All-America honors to go with his individual national title.

The Wolfpack senior played a key role in NC State’s 2018 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship, winning titles in the 400 IM, 500 free, 1,650 free, and was on the ACC champion 800 free relay team.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September of 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their careers, as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.

Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.

The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.

2018 Academic All-ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Team

  • Duke, Leah Goldman, Sr., Psychology
  • Duke, Mackenzie Willborn, Jr., Biomedical Engineering
  • Florida State, Ayla Bonniwell, So., Finance – Cond
  • Florida State, Molly Carlson, So., NFA-Psychology
  • Florida State, Tayla Lovemore, Sr., Environment & Society
  • Florida State, Blaire Mulka, Sr., Sport Management
  • Florida State, Natalie Pierce, Sr., International Affairs
  • Louisville, Mariia Astashkina, Fr., Undecided
  • Louisville, Rachael Bradford-Feldman, Jr., Early Elementary Education
  • Louisville, Avery Braunecker, So., Communication
  • Louisville, Sophie Cattermole, Jr., Sport Administration
  • Louisville, Mallory Comerford, Jr., Marketing
  • Louisville, Casey Fanz, So., Sport Administration
  • Louisville, Molly Fears, So., Biology
  • Louisville, Morgan Friesen, Fr., Exercise Science
  • Louisville, Alina Kendzior, Jr., Sport Administration
  • Louisville, Grace Oglesby, So., Early Elementary Education
  • Louisville, Arina Openysheva, Fr., Undecided
  • Louisville, Ashlyn Schoof, Fr., Exercise Science
  • Louisville, Lainey Visscher, So., Liberal Studies
  • Miami, Alicia Blagg, R-Fr., Criminology
  • Miami, Wally Layland, Sr., Sports Administration
  • North Carolina, Maddie Baker, Fr., Undeclared
  • North Carolina, Caroline Baldwin, Sr., Sports Administration
  • North Carolina, Caroline Hauder, Fr., Undeclared
  • North Carolina, Maddie Smith, Fr., statistics and analytics
  • NC State, Tamila Holub, Fr., Life Sciences
  • NC State, Anna Jahns, Jr., Civil Engineering
  • NC State, Madeline Kline, So., Life Sciences
  • NC State, Lexie Lupton, Jr., Sport Management
  • NC State, Hannah Moore, Sr., Nutrition Science
  • NC State, Ky-Lee Perry, So., Middle Grades Education
  • NC State, Julia Poole, Fr., Business Management
  • NC State, Anna Shumate, Fr., Exploratory Studies
  • Notre Dame, Abbie Dolan, So., English, Spanish
  • Notre Dame, Lauren Heller, So., Psychology
  • Notre Dame, Sofia Revilak, Jr., Political Science
  • Pitt, Lina Rathsack, Sr., Natural Science
  • Pitt, Meme Sharp, Sr., Communication and Rhetoric
  • Virginia, Caitlin Cooper, Sr., Psychology
  • Virginia, Morgan Hill, So., Undeclared
  • Virginia, Paige Madden, Fr., Kinesiology
  • Virginia, Jennifer Marrkand, Sr., Media Studies
  • Virginia, Dina Rommel, Sr., Sociology
  • Virginia, Emma Seiberlich, Fr., Undeclared
  • Virginia, Vivian Tafuto, Jr., Economics
  • Virginia, Kylie Towbin, Jr., Commerce
  • Virginia, Kyla Valls, Fr., Undeclared
  • Virginia Tech, Adriana Grabski, Sr., Communication Studies
  • Virginia Tech, Maggie Gruber, R-Sr., Business Information Technology
  • Virginia Tech, Ashlynn Peters, Jr., Finance
  • Virginia Tech, Joelle Vereb, Fr., Human Nutrition Food & Exercise

2018 Academic All-ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Team

  • Duke, Nathaniel Hernandez, So., Biology
  • Duke, Judd Howard, Jr., Economics
  • Duke, Evan Moretti, Jr., Public Policy
  • Duke, Teddy Zeng, Fr., Undeclared
  • Florida State, Griffin Alaniz, Jr., Marketing – BS
  • Florida State, Joshua Davidson, Fr., Pre-Mechanical Engineering
  • Florida State, Tyler Roberge, Sr., Psychology
  • Florida State, Nate Samson, So., Pre-Biochemistry
  • Florida State, Cameron Thatcher, So., Finance
  • Georgia Tech, Caio Pumputis, Fr., Business Administration
  • Louisville, Nicolas Albiero, Fr., Exercise Science
  • Louisville, Andrej Barna, So., Business
  • Louisville, Carlos Claverie, Sr., Marketing
  • Louisville, Daniel Fecteau, Jr., Sport Administration
  • Louisville, Zach Harting, Jr., Mechanical Engineering
  • Louisville, T.C. Smith, Fr., Business
  • Louisville, Nikolaos Sofianidis, Fr., Business
  • North Carolina, Greg Duncan, Fr., Environmental science
  • NC State, James Bretscher, Jr., Business Management
  • NC State, Danny Erlenmeyer, So., Business Management
  • NC State, Daniel Graber, Jr., Mechanical Engineering
  • NC State, Ryan Held, Sr., Fisheries and Wildlife Science
  • NC State, Anton Ipsen, Sr., Industrial Engineering
  • NC State, Gil Kiesler, Fr., Engineering
  • NC State, Eric Knowles, Fr., Engineering
  • NC State, Jack McIntyre, Fr., Business Management
  • NC State, Jacob Molacek, So., Psychology
  • NC State, Justin Ress, Jr., Applied Math
  • NC State, Hennessey Stuart, Sr., Civil Engineering
  • NC State, Andreas Vazaios, Jr., Psychology
  • Notre Dame, Joe Coumos, Sr., English, History
  • Notre Dame, John Montesi, So., none
  • Notre Dame, Aaron Schultz, So., Mechanical Engineering
  • Notre Dame, Steven Shek, Jr., Finance
  • Notre Dame, Rob Whitacre, Sr., Management Consulting
  • Virginia, Keefer Barnum, Fr., Undeclared
  • Virginia, Joe Clark, So., Undeclared
  • Virginia, Luke Georgiadis, Sr., Commerce
  • Virginia, Matthew Otto, Fr., Undeclared
  • Virginia, Ted Schubert, So., Cognitive Science
  • Virginia Tech, Ian Ho, Sr., Mechanical Engineering
  • Virginia Tech, Harrison Pierce, Sr., Finance
  • Virginia Tech, Ben Schiesl, Jr., Management

The above press release courtesy of the Atlantic Coast Conference


  1. avatar

    So a GPA goes out to the thousandths but a swim time only goes out to the hundredths? I guess the runner up had a GPA of 3.780.

    Regardless, an amazing accomplishment!