AUSTIN, TX – The honors continue for the Johns Hopkins men’s soccer team as senior Mike Swiercz and junior Cole Rosenberger have been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America teams it was announced Tuesday afternoon. Swiercz was named to the first team and Rosenberger to the second team. JHU is one of just two schools in the nation with two Academic All-Americans.
The be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 or higher cumulative grade point average and be a starter or significant reserve. Hopkins has now produced nine CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, all since the 2006 season. This marks the fourth time that Hopkins has had two Academic All-Americans in the same season. The Blue Jays’ nine CoSIDA Academic All-Americans are nearly double any other team in the Centennial Conference since its inception in 1993.
Swiercz and Rosenberger anchored a defense that ranks as one of the best in JHU history. The Blue Jays posted a school-record 16 shutouts and tied the school record with just six goals allowed. Hopkins led the Centennial Conference in save percentage (.908) and goals against average (.271). Nationally, JHU ranked third in save percentage, shutout percentage (.762) and goals against average. Hopkins went 16-1-4 and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16, with its only loss coming on the road at Messiah, the eventual NCAA champion.
Swiercz is the first two-time Academic All-American in program history and is just the second to earn first team honors. In addition, he is just the third men’s soccer player in the history of the Centennial Conference to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors twice. A two-time All-Centennial Conference and two-time United Soccer Coaches All-Mid-Atlantic selection, Swiercz was named the 2016 Centennial Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A four-year starter on defense, he ranked second on the team in goals (5) and fifth in points (11) this season.
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.
The 2017 Centennial Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, 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 3.94 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.