GVSU Quick Hits 7/15/2019

Kellen Voss, Sports Editor

Twelve Lakers earn Swimming & Diving Scholar All-American honors

The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of American (CSCAA) announced earlier this week that a combined 12 Grand Valley State swimming & diving student athletes were named to the Scholar All-American Team for the 2018-19 season. The award recognizes students that have achieved a GPA of 3.50 or higher and competed at their respective NCAA, NAIA, or NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The selections f0r awards span across all collegiate divisions.

For the women’s team, Caroline Breretin, Nicole Carlson, Lara Deibel, Melina Goebel, Cela Hoag, Mikayla Karasek, Abigail Sauerbrei and Megan Shaughnessy earned the All-American honors. The men’s team saw similar academic success, as J.D. Ham, Jonathan Loshinskie, Harry Shalamon and Ben Walling all earned the respectable honor.

GVSU Athletics Honored by NACMA with Seven Awards

Grand Valley State athletics was honored by the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Adminstrators (NACMA) at the 2018-19 annual convention in Orlando, Florida, with seven category awards. With two golds, two silvers, and three bronze awards, GVSU topped all other DII schools in total awards from NACMA for the 2018-19 academic year.

Started in 2003, the NACMA Best of Awards program honors outstanding achievement in marketing and promotions. GVSU was able to win gold in the Season Ticket Sales Campaign (Every Game Counts) and Single Game Sales Campaign (Game Day Special). Both these respective promotions also won awards for Multi-Platform Branding Campaign and Student Promotion.

In the bronze category, GVSU earned honors for Digital Video Segment (Emoji Day), Fan Giveaway Promotion (Bomber Hat-Football Game) and Fan Engagement Video (Is Water Wet?-Football). GVSU has been awarded a total of 72 national awards from NACMA since 2006.

Five GVSU Cross Country Athletes Earn CoSIDA Academic All-American Honors

On June 26, five of Grand Valley State’s cross country and track and field athletes were named 2019 Google Cloud NCAA Division II Academic All-Americans by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Josh Steible was the sole male GVSU student athlete honored as a second team All-American, while four female athletes were able to earn honors for their efforts in the classroom, as Sarah Berger earned first-team honors, Madison Goen and Hanna Groeber earned second-team awards and Gina Patterson earned third-team accolades. Each Laker posted a GPA of 3.73 or higher, with Goen topping all Lakers with an astounding 3.92 GPA in the Biomedical Science field.