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Student-Athletes Get National Honors in Athletics and Academics

January 2, 2013

       Lewer        Buchta
  Anna Lewer      Nick Buchta

Rose-Hulman stands on the threshold of a remarkable achievement in intercollegiate athletics at any level-ready to crown its 100th Academic All-American for their achievements as student-athletes.

Three students earned such recognition following their fall sports seasons: senior volleyball player Anna Lewer (3.70 GPA, biomedical engineering), sophomore football offensive lineman Nick Buchta (4.00 GPA, mechanical engineering), and junior soccer player Drew Belk (3.74 GPA, electrical engineering).

Selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), student-athletes must have a minimum 3.3 grade point average (out of 4.0) and be a key contributor to their athletic team's success. Two or three national teams are selected in each sport among 400 NCAA Division III institutions, like Rose-Hulman.

             Belk
  Drew Belk

At least one Rose-Hulman student-athlete has earned Academic All-American honors for the last 27 years. That's the sixth longest streak among all NCAA Division I, II, or III institutions. Other universities on the list include the University of Nebraska (42 years), University of Georgia (34), Bucknell University (34), University of Wisconsin (34), and Penn State University (32).

Two Rose-Hulman student-athletes have been honored as Academic All-Americans of the Year in their sports: Kevin Kluemper, 1991 baseball, and Ryan Loftus, 1998 track and field.

Students majoring in engineering, science, and mathematics garner attention from CoSIDA voters, according to Kevin Lanke, assistant athletic director for sports information and communications.

"People appreciate the hard work and dedication by student-athletes in engineering and science at any level of NCAA competition. CoSIDA members recognize that Rose-Hulman student-athletes are tested in the classroom, lab, and in their athletic environment," says Lanke, a member of CoSIDA's Academic All-American Committee.

Lewer was named most valuable player of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) and became the first player in school history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs during her career.

Buchta becomes the 31st football award in Rose-Hulman history and 12th gridiron Academic All-American since 2002. He played in nine games at left tackle in the fall, helping senior running back Kyle Kovach to become the school's career rushing leader.

             Student-Athlete
  Elizabeth Evans

A three-year soccer player, Belk earned first-team all-HCAC honors in the fall after ranking second in the league with 10 goals and being third with 21 points. Three of his goals came in a league victory over the College of Mount St. Joseph.

The 100th Academic All-American could come later this school year. Senior track and field athlete Elizabeth Evans is already a two-time Academic All-American (2011 and 2012) and a six-time All-American after winning four Division III high jump national championships (2011 and 2012).

Evans's "average" day during the track and field season includes "breakfast, class, lunch, more class, workouts, dinner, and studying," she says.