For Immediate Release
Athletics -- June 16, 2011
Eureka Places Nine on SLIAC Spring All-Academic Team
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A total of nine Eureka College student-athletes have been named to the 2011 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Spring All-Academic Team, according to an announcement from the league office late Wednesday night. The announcement brings Eureka’s final All-Academic total for the 2010-11 academic year to 23 student-athletes.
Five of Eureka’s seven spring programs had at least one representative on the All-Academic Team. The women’s tennis team placed three of its members on the team to lead all Eureka spring programs for the second consecutive year. Senior Natalie Wetterauer (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S.) earned the honor for the third consecutive spring and was joined by juniors Rachel Funk (Morton, Ill./Morton H.S.) and Riana Riffle (Morton, Ill./Morton H.S.), both repeat selections.
Seniors Bryan Hybki (Oglesby, Ill./LaSalle-Peru H.S.) and Aaron Phelan (Eureka, Ill./Eureka H.S.) represented the men’s tennis team. The selection for Phelan is his third since becoming eligible in 2009 and comes less than a month after receiving one of the league’s annual Post Graduate Scholarships.
Two members of the men’s track & field team earned the award. Junior Nathan Pritzker (Morton, Ill.) and sophomore Nate Mullins (South Duxbury, Vt./Harwood Union H.S.) each made the list. Additionally, the duo was two of 32 SLIAC student-athletes to earn the honor twice this season after Pritzker (cross country) and Mullins (soccer) made the 2010 SLIAC Fall All-Academic Team. First-time honoree Erika Thomas (East Peoria, Ill./East Peoria H.S.) was the lone representative from women’s track & field.
Junior shortstop Carissa Alig (Metamora, Ill./Metamora H.S.) qualified for the honor for the second consecutive season to represent the Eureka softball squad. Alig, who has made 94 consecutive starts since beginning her collegiate career, was also named a Division III Scholar Athlete by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association last fall.
Eureka finished the 2010-11 academic year with 16 total SLIAC All-Academic selections from nine different programs. An additional seven football players earned All-Academic honors from the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference in February.
The recipients were varsity members of their school’s baseball, softball, men’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track & field or women’s track & field squad for the Spring 2011 season. All-Academic honorees must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average, be at least a sophomore in academic standing and have completed at least one full year at current institution. First-year transfers and true freshmen are not eligible.
A total of 249 student-athletes received SLIAC All-Academic honors this year, 32 of which earned multiple honors. Greenville led the SLIAC with 52 total All-Academic honors, six of which were two-time recipients. Webster was next with 42 All-Academic honorees, nine of which were two-time recipients, and Principia was right behind with 40 total and seven two-time recipients.
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