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Shore catcher is elite scholar-athlete

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CHESTERTOWN — Washington senior catcher Ryan Zwier hit .328 in the coronavirus-abbreviated spring season and maintained a grade point average above 3.5, qualifying for the elite first team of the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Team.

The Academic All-District program recognizes student-athletes for their performances on the field and in the classroom.

“We could not be more proud of Ryan and his academic and athletic accomplishments,” Shoremen head coach Cory Beddick said in a news release.

Beddick said Zwier, the outstanding male athlete in the Class of 2020 at Washington, “is the perfect example of a true student-athlete. He embodies everything that is great about Division III athletics and the Centennial Conference. He has excelled in the classroom, on the field and within the campus community. We are so grateful to have him as a member of our baseball family and can’t wait to see all of his future personal and professional successes.”

Zwier (Newark, Del.) is one of the most successful all-around hitters in program history. He is a career .328 hitter who had more hits (131) than games played (114). His line includes 17 home runs, 31 doubles and 89 RBI.

He finishes three shy of the program record for career home runs, and the eight homers he hit in 2019 ties the school record for round-trippers in a season.

In 2019, when the Shoremen went 28-12 overall, Zwier was a first-team All-Centennial Conference and All-Mid-Atlantic Region performer. He batted .371 and finished in the top 10 in the conference in triples (5), home runs (8) and RBI (40).

Zwier was batting .328 for the 11-4 Shoremen when their season ended abruptly in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They were on a seven-game winning streak.

Zwier is a double major in computer science and math, with a minor in Chinese. He qualified for the dean’s list every semester of his four years at Washington. He is a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematical Honors Society.

Zwier also is a peer mentor, a Crouse-Enokido Fellow and a member of the college’s Chinese Club.

He studied abroad during the 2018 fall semester at the prestigious Peking University in Beijing, where he also held an internship.

He said Washington College afforded him the opportunity of a lifetime — to play collegiate baseball, to travel the world and to earn degrees in two rigorous academic disciplines.

Zwier will deliver the student address at commencement, which has been pushed back to Oct. 17 due to the pandemic.

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