Rocket Diver Named Second-Team Academic All-American

July 27, 2023 | Athletics, News, Student Success, UToday, Advancement, Alumni, Engineering
By Diana Van Winkle

University of Toledo diver Madison Giglio was named a Second-Team Academic All-American recently by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). This marks the second straight year that Giglio has earned Academic All-America honors from the CSCAA.

The CSCAA 2023 Individual Scholar All-America team recognized 2,290 men’s and women’s student-athletes in its announcement. First-team honorees must achieve a minimum 3.5 GPA and participate in their respective national championships. Second-team selections also earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher and met the “B” time standard for the national championship or participated in a diving zone qualification meet.

A photo of University of Toledo diver Madison Giglio mid-dive at a competition. She was recently named a Second-Team Academic All-American by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America.

For the second consecutive year, Toledo diver Madison Giglio was named a Second-Team Academic All-American by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America. The civil engineering senior earned a 3.97 GPA for the 2022-23 academic year.

A senior pursuing a degree in civil engineering, Giglio earned a 3.97 GPA for the 2022-23 academic year. Giglio also earned Academic All-MAC honors this season and was named to the CSC Academic All-District team. The Orland Park, Illinois, native finished 29th on the three-meter and one-meter board at the NCSAA Zone C Diving Championships in early March.

“I decided to come to UT because of the amazing engineering program offered, and the swim and dive team made it feel like home,” Giglio said. “The faculty at the College of Engineering really want you to succeed., and the co-op program really sets you up for success in the future.”

During her time at UToledo, Giglio has accomplished so much more than stellar grades and amazing athletics. Beginning her fourth year in UToledo’s College of Engineering, Giglio has completed two co-op rotations with The Lathrop Co., and is currently in her third rotation with Matrix Technologies.

“During my time with Lathrop, I gained a lot of field experience and was able to see incredible projects being built,” she said. “Some of the projects I worked on were the ballroom at the Glass City Center, the new addition at Spartan Chemical Company and the parking lot at The Toledo Zoo. At Matrix, I have been working in the structural discipline, doing drafting and design. I have learned a ton through my co-ops and gained skills that I will use in my full-time career.”

Giglio said that Dr. Liangbo Hu, an associate professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, was her most influential professor.

“Dr. Hu was my professor for Soil Mechanics and Materials. I always felt that he appreciated my work ethic, and he was always accommodating to my challenging diving schedule.”

Dr. Hu said that he was delighted by Giglio’s success as a student.

Madison Giglio is currently in her third rotation with Matrix Technologies working in the structural discipline.

“I feel fortunate to have her in my classes,” he said. “She is an exemplary student-athlete who works hard and excels in the classroom while dedicating to a demanding schedule of athletic training and competitions.”

In spite of all of her successes during her years as a Rocket engineer, Giglio said she is most proud of the campus student chapter she started in 2020 for the Students For H.O.P.E. organization.

“The goal of this organization is to promote the benefits and need for organ and tissue donation. After seeing firsthand my best friend donate her organs, it became a mission and passion of mine to promote the importance of organ and tissue donation,” she said. “It also helped me keep her legacy alive. Through the work I’ve done with the club as well as volunteering for Life Connection of Ohio and the Maddog Strong Foundation, I was awarded the Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award.

“It has been rewarding seeing people show up to events wanting to advocate alongside me, and the life-changing stories of those who were recipients of an organ transplant have really touched me. It took a lot of work to run an organization while being a student-athlete. I couldn’t have done it without my family, amazing friends and teammates.”

Reflecting on her time at the University of Toledo College of Engineering, Giglio said that she is grateful for all the opportunities that UToledo provided her.

“Through classwork, clubs, co-ops and being on a team, I have gained so much experience and knowledge that will set me up to excel in the workforce,” Giglio said. “Thank you to Athletics and the College of Engineering for giving me the best college experience.”

In addition to Giglio’s success as a student-athlete, the Toledo women’s swimming and diving team recently earned Scholar All-Academic team honors from the CSCAA after finishing the 2023 spring semester with a 3.75, UToledo’s highest team GPA.

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