Ertman Reaps Academic All-America® Award

2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Ben Ertman '18
2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Ben Ertman '18

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

St. Mary's City, Md. – St. Mary's College of Maryland men's swimmer Ben Ertman (Potomac, Md./Churchill) landed on the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division III Men's At-Large Team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the first time in his career. Ertman picked up a second team selection as the Academic All-America teams were announced Tuesday.

Ertman is the eighth Seahawk to earn Academic All-America honors and just the second swimmer to do so as Cara Machlin '16 was a third team honoree in 2016. He was one the only male student-athlete from the Capital Athletic Conference to garner the award.

A team captain this season, Ertman graduated summa cum laude on May 12 after finishing his academic career with a 3.952 cumulative grade point average as a double major in Chinese and psychology. He will be heading to China to teach English for a year before pursuing his PhD in psychology.

Ertman made the Dean's List every semester, which awards those students who earn a minimum semester grade-point average of 3.50 or better on all courses attempted with at least 12 credit hours taken for a letter grade. He was also named a St. Mary's Scholar for 2016 and 2017; an honor bestowed upon juniors and seniors who have earned at least 32 credit-hours and whose cumulative GPA is 3.50 or better.

The 2017-18 St. Mary's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Ertman is also a member of three national honor societies – Chi Alpha Sigma, the national collegiate student-athlete honor society for juniors and seniors; Phi Beta Kappa, the honor society in the liberal arts and sciences; and Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, serving as its vice president in 2016-17.

He was awarded the Foreign Language Book Prize in Chinese as well as the Psychology Major Award at the 2018 Awards Convocation. The Psychology Major Award was established in 1993 and recognizes a psychology, human development or human studies major who demonstrated a superior understanding of the themes and methods of that discipline.

Ertman is also a four-time member of the CAC All-Academic Team.

In the pool, Ertman was a consistent contributor for the Seahawks in the face of cerebral palsy. He competed in the freestyle and backstroke events, breaking the 20-minute mark in the 1,650 freestyle for the first time in his career at the 2018 CAC Championships. Ertman medaled twice at the 2017 Intercollegiate Para Swimming Championships, picking up silver in the 100 backstroke and bronze in the 100 freestyle. 

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