Three Hoosiers Honored as April Scholar-Athletes and C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month
May 6, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three Hoosier student-athletes have been honored for as Indiana's Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Month and C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month for April. Freshman swimmer Kristen Mitsch earned the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month honor, while freshman guard Matt Roth was named the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month. Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Will Matte was named IU's C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month.
Mitsch, a native of Muncie, Ind., was a standout at Yorktown High School, finishing 11th in the 200 free, 13th in the 500 free and 200 free relay at the 2008 state meet. She was a state qualifier in the 100 free, 200 free relay and 400 free relay as a junior.
"After having a hard time adjusting to the demands of a student-athlete in her first semester, Kristen's grades this semester have down great improvement," said IU Academic Advisor Kelly Noonan. "She has been very focused and making great strides throughout her freshman year."
"Kristen has made a strong impact with our team this year and our staff could think of no better way for her to end a great freshman season," IU head swimming coach Ray Looze said. "Kristen works very hard in the classroom and is a potential leader for our team in the future."
Roth, a 6-3, 186-pound guard from Washington, Ill., played in 31 games and made seven starts his freshman season for the Hoosiers. He averaged 6.7 points per game and scored a career-high 29 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the 3-point line against Ohio State, tying IU's single-game mark. Roth also averaged 7.8 points per Big Ten game and tied for the team lead shooting 37.3 percent from the beyond the arc.
"Matt is the hardest working person I know and takes his education very seriously," said IU Learning Specialist Marni Mooney. "He values every ounce of his education and exemplifies everything that it means to be a student-athlete. He had managed the stress of being a contributor on the basketball team with grace and dignity, while not sacrificing his academic performance. Matt takes the challenges that we give him as personal pursuits of excellence toward his goal of being a great student and making his parents, coaches, teammates and advisors proud."
"We are proud of the hard work and dedication that Matt has shown to his academic responsibilities," said Indiana head men's basketball coach Tom Crean.
Matte, a 6-2, 284-pound lineman, from Wheaton, Ill., redshirted the 2008 season. The Wheaton-Warrenville South standout was named co-offensive scout team player of the year with teammate Darius Willis and a three-time scout team player of the week during the 2008 season (Ball State, Illinois and Purdue).
"Will is a tremendous young man with a bright future," said Hoosier head football coach Bill Lynch. "We are proud he earned this award."
The C.H.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 CHAMPS: service, personal and career development, and academic and athletic excellence.
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