June 19, 2009

Ricketts Named First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America

 PROVIDENCE, RI - Senior swimmer Dan Ricketts (Baltimore, MD) has been named First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America, becoming Brown's first-ever swimmer (men's or women's) to earn Academic All-American recognition. After earning First Team All-District honors in late may, Ricketts' nomination was forwarded on to the national ballot, where he became one of five student-athletes from District I to earn a spot on the First Team. For the At-Large process, schools may nominate up to three student-athletes for the men's team and three student-athletes for the women's team.

A four-year letterwinner on the men's swimming and diving team, Ricketts earned Second Team All-Ivy in the 100 free, placing second with a Brown record time of 43.17. A 2009 Academic All-Ivy selection as well, Ricketts broke three other Brown records in 2009, posting times of 19.77 in the 50 free, 1:37.19 in the 200 free, and 47.04 in the 100 fly. He was also a member of two record-breaking relay teams this year, as his 200 free relay team swam in 1:20.87 and his 400 medley relay team swam in 3:17.14. In addition to the records, he has times that rank in Brown's all-time top 10 in the 100 back (49.70 in 2008 is 2nd) and 200 fly (1:49.57 in 2007 is 5th). A Mathematics-Computer Science concentrator with a 4.0 GPA, he has also had success on the national level, qualifying for and competing in the 2008 Olympic Trials in both the 100 free (30th place finish) and 100 fly.