BALTIMORE, MD – The Johns Hopkins men’s soccer team placed three student-athletes on the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District II Team. The Blue Jays’ three selections are tied for the most of any Division III school in the nation. In addition, the three selections are more than the rest of the Centennial Conference combined.
Senior Mike Swiercz, junior Cole Rosenberger and sophomore Achim Younker earned the honor for Hopkins. The trio will move on to the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot with the national team slated to be announced on Tuesday, December 5. Hopkins has now produced 38 CoSIDA Academic All-District selections, including 20 under head coach Craig Appleby. JHU has had multiple selections in 13 of the last 15 years and this marks the seventh time that it has had at least three honorees.
The District II region includes Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island and West Virginia. To be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.30 or higher cumulative grade point average and be a starter or significant reserve.
Swiercz earns all-district honors for the third straight year, making him just the second player in program history to do so. Rosenberger is also a repeat selection for the Blue Jays. The pair anchors a Hopkins’ defense that ranks third in the nation in goals against average (.318) and fourth in shutouts (13). JHU has allowed just six goals in 18 games this season and is 14-1-3 heading into the NCAA Tournament.
A Second Team Academic All-American, Swiercz was also named the Centennial Conference Scholar-Athlete last year. He is a four-year starter and a two-time All-Centennial Conference selection and counts seven goals and two assists in his career. Swiercz is majoring in mechanical engineering and boasts a 3.90 cumulative GPA. He has spent the past six months as a research consultant working with Johns Hopkins University’s professor Kevin Hemker. He has also been working for the Johns Hopkins Center for Educational Resources, aiding in the redesign of the structure and content for the manufacturing engineering class. Swiercz is also a course assistant in financial accounting. He was a tutor for JHU Pilot Tutoring as well as a member of Johns Hopkins “And1” mentoring and tutoring program the last two years.
Rosenberger is a three-year starter and is third among all active players in career assists (7). He is majoring in environmental engineering with a minor in applied mathematics and boasts a 3.95 cumulative GPA. Fluent in Spanish, he spent last summer at the WINDINSPIRE Research Program in Madrid, Spain as a part of a resident research program funded by the NSF. Since January, Rosenberger has been working as an undergraduate researcher in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering. In addition, he is a PILOT Tutor and group leader for Calculus 1, 2 and 3.
Younker has totaled a career-best 15 goals and 30 points which earned him First Team All-Centennial Conference honors this season. He leads the team and ranks second in the league in goals and third in points. In addition, his goal and point totals are the most by a Blue Jay since the 2009 season. Younker is majoring in public health and boasts a 3.56 cumulative GPA. He volunteers for Thread, serving as a mentor and “family member” for an academically underperforming Baltimore City high school student. He is also a student-group member for Preventative Education and Empowerment for Peers (PEEPs), working as a peer educator to promote awareness about college health issues on the Johns Hopkins campus.