MADISON (Press Release) - University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's Katelyn Hartung and UW-Stevens Point's Elizabeth Abraham have been named co-recipients of the 2011 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Judy Kruckman Women's Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete Award.
A senior from Madison, Wis. (Memorial), Hartung owns a 3.49 grade point average and is majoring in biology with a biomedical concentration and a minor in chemistry. She was named to the 2010 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-Academic Team. Hartung is a three-time member of the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll and been named to UW-La Crosse's Dean's List numerous semesters.
A four-time conference individual champion and nine-time first-place relay finisher, she has collected All-America first team status on four occasions and All-America honorable recognition four times. A team captain this year, Hartung holds many school records and was named her team's Most Improved following the 2008-09 campaign.
Abraham, a senior from Eden Prairie, Minn., is majoring in dietetics and carries a 3.83 grade point average. She has been recognized on the CSCAA All-Academic Team. Abraham has received Dean's List honors numerous semesters and is a three-time member of the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll.
She helped the Pointers claim their second straight WIAC championship this season by winning the 200-yard individual medley. Abraham earned the 400-yard individual medley title in 2008 and was a part of the triumphant 800-yard freestyle relay squads in 2008 and 2009. She is a three-time All-America honorable mention selections and a school record-holder.
Abraham is a member of the American, Wisconsin and Minnesota Dietetics Associations. In addition, she participates in the National Society of Leadership and Success and Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Also nominated for this year's scholar-athlete award were: UW-Eau Claire's Megan Lindner (Sr., Muskego, Wis.), Siera Schenck (Sr., Sun Prairie, Wis.) and Alyssa Trainor (Sr., Winona, Minn./Cotter); UW-River Falls' Becca Goldmann (Sr., East Troy, Wis.); UW-Stevens Point's Jennifer Bussey (Sr., Chanhassen, Minn.), Lisa Clemens (Sr., Wisconsin Dells, Wis.), Lauren Golla (Sr., Plover, Wis.), Kimberly Kuber (Sr., Tomahawk, Wis.) and Jessica Nordstrom (Sr., Hibbing, Minn.); and UW-Whitewater's Lisa Dlugopolski (Sr., Mequon, Wis./Homestead).
The WIAC Scholar-Athlete Award is named after Judy Kruckman who served as Assistant Commissioner for the WIAC from 1996-98. Prior to this appointment, she functioned as Commissioner of the Wisconsin Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from October 1984 - September 1996.
In order to be nominated for the scholar-athlete award, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.25 grade point average. In addition, she must be in her last year of competition, or on schedule to graduate this academic year, and have competed for a minimum of two years.
MADISON (Press Release) - University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point's Matthew Olp has been named the recipient of the 2011 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Max Sparger Men's Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete Award.
Olp, a senior from Oregon, Wis., is majoring in business administration with a minor in economics and holds a 3.54 grade point average. He is a three-time member of the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll and has been recognized on UW-Stevens Point's Honor Roll, while also claiming the Dean's Distinguished Achievement Award.
A team captain this season, Olp helped UW-Stevens Point win its 12th consecutive conference crown by participating on four first-place relay teams and securing the 100-yard breaststroke title. In his career, he captured 11 WIAC relay championships. Olp is a six-time All-America honorable mention selection and secured All-America first team status in 2009 with a sixth-place finish as a member of the 200-yard medley relay team. Following the 2009-10 season, Olp was named UW-Stevens Point's Most Valuable Player.
He has served as a tutor for kindergarten and third-grade math classes.
UW-River Falls' Justin Anderson (Sr., Little Canada, Minn./Roseville) and UW-Whitewater's Andrew Hanney (Sr., Grafton, Wis.) were also nominated for this year's scholar-athlete award.
The WIAC Scholar-Athlete Award is named after Max Sparger, who served as commissioner of the Wisconsin State University Conference from July, 1971 - July, 1993.
In order to be nominated for the scholar-athlete award, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.25 grade point average. In addition, he must be in his last year of competition, or on schedule to graduate this academic year, and have competed for a minimum of two years.
Courtesy: WIAC Press Release