May 25, 2006
CLEVELAND - After performing at a superb level both in the pool and in the classroom, junior men's swimmer Bjorn Schantz has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV second team by the College Sports Information Director of America (CoSIDA). The organization made the announcement on Thursday (May 25).
"Bjorn represents what college athletics should be all about," head coach Wally Morton said. "When you have the right work ethic, as he does, you are able to combine sport with academics and be good at both. But he is more than good; he is outstanding. He put together straight-A's this semester and will go down as one of the great swimmers in the history of our program."
The 2006 Horizon League Male Swim Athlete of the Year, Schantz has been a model student-athlete during his two seasons with the Vikings, touting a 3.88 GPA as a marketing and international business major. He was also named to the 2006 Academic All-Horizon League team along with teammates Daniel Thomasson and Adam Wroblewski.
A native of Loddekopinge, Sweden, Schantz was the top distance swimmer in the league this season, swimming to top conference marks in the 200, 500, 1,000 and 1,650 yard freestyles while setting school records in the 200 and 500 and league records in the 500 and 1,000. He claimed league titles in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 frees while helping the Vikings to the team championship in front of the home crowd at Busbey Natatorium in February.