Three Hoosiers Earn Scholar-Athlete, C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month Honors for December
Jan. 27, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three Hoosier student-athletes were selected as the Female and Male Scholar-Athletes and CHAMPS Champ of the Month for the December. Indiana junior diver Heidi Mahnken was named IU's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month and redshirt junior guard Jeremiah Rivers was honored as the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month. Junior tennis standout Santiago Gruter was named the December C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month.
Mahnken, a native of Springfield, Mo., earned a bronze medal in the synchronized women's platform competition at the 2009 AT&T National Diving Championships. She finished third on the platform at the Ohio State Invitational this past December.
"Despite being enrolled in a rigorous schedule in Fall 2009, Heidi achieved a perfect academic semester with the best grades of any student-athlete I have seen in my five years working here," said IU academic advisor Scott Maxwell.
"What a well deserved honor," said Dr. Jeff Huber, IU diving coach. "Heidi works as hard in the classroom as she does on the board. She came to IU as an inexperienced diver and last summer made finals at the US National Championship in the toughest event in our sport: the 10-meter platform. I am so proud of her and all her accomplishments thus far. She continues to bring honor and distinction to Indiana University and the IU diving program and we are lucky to have her in our program."
Rivers, native of Winter Park, Fla., is averaging 6.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 19 games for the Hoosiers. With 18 games started this season, Rivers also leads the team with 1.5 steals per contest.
"Jeremiah has worked extremely hard since coming to Indiana University," said Mattie White, Indiana Assistant Athletics Director for Student Services. "Being a transfer student is no easy task, yet still he has been able to reach higher heights academically each term. I am truly proud of his efforts."
"This is an outstanding personal achievement award for Jeremiah and it just goes to show what happens when you take every area of your life as serious as the other," said Tom Crean, IU men's basketball coach. "He has come here and he has not only worked to become a better basketball player and leader, but has done a fantastic job of building his academic successes and his academic work. It really is an honor to have him at Indiana University."
Gruter, a native of Lima, Peru, is 11-3 on the season, with a win over No. 75 Patrick Daciek of Virginia Tech. In the fall, he advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Singles Championships.
"Santiago was a very active and engaged participant in our Elite Leaders program this fall," said Maxwell. "He really did a great job representing the Tennis program."
"Santiago is currently one of two upper classmen on the team and I am proud of him for making the effort to acquire the tools necessary to assert himself as a leader on and off the court," said Randy Bloemendaal, Indiana men's tennis coach. "The Elite Leaders program is a great opportunity for all of our student-athletes and I am thankful that my young men are utilizing this program."
The CH.A.M.P.S. (Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success) Champ of the Month is an outstanding student that has excelled in all of the five areas of C.H.A.M.P.S.: service, personal and career development, and academic and athletic excellence.
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