GVSU Quick Hits 3/16/20

Kellen Voss, Sports Editor

GVSU senior swimmer NCAA 3-meter diving championship following one day of competition

Grand Valley State University senior Mikayla Karasek dominated for the Lakers on the opening day at the 2020 NCAA DII Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships in Geneva, Ohio when she moved up five spots in the evening finals to claim the National Championship on the 3-meter board with a score of 473.50.

GLIAC names 108 student athletes to all-academic teams

Grand Valley State student-athletes have earned a combined 108 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) All-Academic and All-Excellence honors for the winter 2020 semester, as released by the league office on Thursday, March 12. A total of 644 student-athletes were honored by the conference.

Any student-athlete who is an active member on the roster, not a freshman or first-year transfer student is eligible to receive honors.  The All-Academic Team is comprised of student-athletes who placed a cumulative 3.0-3.49 grade point average, while the All-Excellence Team is made up of student-athletes who have a cumulative 3.5-4.0 GPA.

GVSU women’s basketball rakes in awards

Announced earlier this week, the Grand Valley State women’s basketball was properly awarded for their successful season.

Senior Cassidy Boensch was named to the D2CCA First-Team for the All-Midwest region in addition to being honored as the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the year.

Boensch’s teammates were honored for their hard work as well, as Boensch was joined on the All-GLIAC First Team by senior guard Jenn DeBoer and senior forward Maddie Dailey, while Boensch, Dailey, senior guard Victoria Hedemark and senior guard Taryn Taugher were named to the GLIAC All-Defensive Team.

The GVSU women’s basketball team also proved to be dominant in the classroom this season, as four women were named to the All-Academic team and seven women were honored with GLIAC All-Academic excellence

GVSU men’s basketball honored with postseason awards

In addition to be named to the GLIAC first-team, junior Jake Van Tubbergen was also named First-Team All-Region on Friday.

Van Tubbergen wasn’t the only Laker with All-GLIAC honors, as senior Jeremiah Ferguson and junior Christian Negron were both named to the GLIAC Second Team. After leading the GLIAC in blocks per game, Negron was also named to the GLIAC All-Defensive Team.

The Lakers had an outstanding year off the court as well, with sophomore Luke Hyde (film & video), junior Steven Lloyd (finance) and senior Ben Lubitz (nursing) all being honored as part of the GLIAC All-Academic team.