Four members of the Ball State University men's swimming and diving team on Friday learned their hard work out of the pool and in the classroom had paid off.
Ben Karwoski, Jordan Rantz, Mark Golden and Ryan Gordyan were each named to the 2010 Academic All-Mid-American Conference team, as voted by the faculty athletic representatives at MAC schools.
Earning his third Academic All-MAC award is Karwoski, a senior who owns a 3.52 grade-point average as a exercise science major. In the pool, Karwoski swam the anchor of the 800-freestyle relay team that finished fifth in this season's MAC Championships.
Rantz, meanwhile, earns his first career Academic All-MAC award. Rantz, also a senior, has a 3.52 GPA as a sport administation major. His 2:08.25 time in the 200 breaststroke in the MAC Championships was a career high and placed him 17th overall.
Golden, a junior, earns his second-career Academic All-MAC award. He maintains a 3.77 GPA as a secondary education major. Golden played 10th in the 1650 freestyle in the MAC Championships with a time of 16:03.90.
Rounding out the All-MAC honorees was Gordyan, who is also a first-time honoree. Gordyan, a senior, has a 3.89 GPA and is majoring in actuarial science. He was the Cardinals' fourth-fastest 1650 freestyle swimmer this season.
To qualify as an Academic All-MAC candidate, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA and participate in 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence, however, are not eligible.