Marquette Student-Athletes Earn C-USA Acclaim

June 5, 2001

Milwaukee, WI - Three Marquette University student-athletes have been recognized by Conference USA for their outstanding performance in the class room during the 2000-2001 school year.

Joel Brusewitz (Stevens Point, Wis.) of the men's cross country team has been chosen as one of the league's six recipients for a $4,000 Postgraduate Scholarship. The scholarships are presented annually by C-USA and are selected by the Faculty Athletics Representatives. In addition, women's soccer standout Rhegan Hyypio (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Erika Jacobson (Sister Bay, Wis.) of the women's cross country team have earned Scholar Athlete of the Year honors presented annually to the top student-athletes in each conference-sponsored sport. The award is based on academic achievement (GPA), athletic achievement and service.

Brusewitz, an international economic affairs and political science major with a 3.42 GPA, was an all-conference performer and four-year honoree on the Commissioner's Honor Roll. After working as a volunteer tutor at an inner-city community center, he decided to pursue a career in education. He was recently accepted into the Teach For America program and assigned to the Baltimore Corps, where he will also work on his master's degree. He was named the team's MVP for the 2000 season after finishing as the squad's top runner in five meets.

Jacobson was tabbed as the top scholar-athlete among the league's women's cross country performers after posting an outstanding 3.97 GPA in her physical therapy major. Already the recipient of an NCAA Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship, Jacobson helped Marquette earn the C-USA championship in 2000 and subsequently was a member of the first MU women's cross country team to compete at the NCAA Championships. In addition, she earned the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal, symbolic of a GPA of 3.75 or higher, for three straight years.

Hyypio, who graduated with a 3.12 GPA while majoring in both history and philosophy, earned numerous honors while playing a key role in helping the Golden Eagles to an overall record of 20-3-1 in 2000 that included C-USA regular-season and tournament championships as well as the program's second straight NCAA bid. The first Marquette player ever to earn first-team All-America honors, she started all 24 games and proved not only a tough defender, but an offensive threat as well with five goals and one assist for 11 points. She was also a first-team honoree on both the All-Conference USA and Great Lakes Region Teams.

The following is a list of the 2000-01 award winners:

2000-01 Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients

Joel Brusewitz, Marquette	Men's Cross Country

Katje Lerew, UAB Women's Soccer

Anna Monhartova, Tulane Women's Tennis

Katherine Mowat, Louisville Women's Golf

Igor Nikolic, UAB Men's Basketball

Goran Carlos Yabar, Louisville Men's Soccer

C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year awards are presented to the top student-athletes in each conference-sponsored sport. The award is based on academic achievement (GPA), athletic achievement and service.

The following is a list of the 2000-01 award winners:

2000-01 Scholar Athlete of the Year Recipients

Baseball	        Matthew Singer, Cincinnati

Men's Basketball Van Jones, Southern Miss

Women's Basketball Molly Watson, DePaul

Men's Cross Country Jan-Erik Salo, South Florida

Women's Cross Country Erika Jacobson, Marquette

Football Jeff Kelly, Southern Miss

Men's Golf Bradley Wilder, Cincinnati

Women's Golf Katherine Mowat, Louisville

Men's Soccer Ryan Schreck, Cincinnati

Women's Soccer Rhegan Hyypio, Marquette

Softball Courtney Lewellen, South Florida

Men's Tennis Ola Jonson, Charlotte

Women's Tennis Anna Monhartova, Tulane

Men's Track and Field Nathan Junius, Tulane

Women's Track and Field Pamilla Ball, Cincinnati

Volleyball Kara Jakusz, DePaul

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