Three Hoosiers Named Scholar-Athlete and C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month for February
March 23, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three Indiana student-athletes have been honored as the Scholar-Athlete and C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month for February. Sophomore forward Danilsa Andujar was named the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month, while freshman defensive tackle Adam Replogle was named the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month. Sophomore rower Rachel Griffin was honored as IU's C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month.
Andujar, a 6-2 forward for the Hoosiers, averaged 2.4 points and 4.2 rebounds for IU in 30 games this season, earning 16 starts. The Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., native also recorded 16 steals, 12 assists and seven blocks in 21.0 minutes per game.
"Danilsa has been very focused in the classroom and on the basketball court," said IU head women's basketball coach Felisha Legette-Jack. "She has an enthusiasm of purpose and the desire to become exceptional. What an honor that she is being recognized as Scholar-Athlete of the Month. This recognition is going to enhance her effort to continue to step toward the leadership role that we expect from her in the classroom and on the court. I am thrilled for Danilsa Andujar. This honor is bestowed upon a young lady that stands for distinction."
"Danilsa is a highly motivated individual with the drive to find a meaningful academic path," said IU Assistant Athletic Director for Academic and Student Development Services Kelly Noonan said. "Her professors continually report on her active participation and overall positive contributions to in-class discussions. Danilsa reflects the motto `to much is given, much is expected.' She seeks out ways to get involved with the community and to provide a helping hand to those in need. She is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education and will be a great fit for this career path."
Replogle, a defensive tackle on the IU football team, was named to the CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-America third team and was the only true freshman to play in 2009. He played in all 12 games and started the final 11 contests. The Centerville, Ohio, native finished third on the team with four sacks (16 yards), which ranked second among freshman defensive tackles and third among all freshmen players in the Big Ten.
"Adam is one of our hardest workers on the field and in the classroom," said Hoosier head football coach Bill Lynch. "To earn this award as a true freshman speaks volumes about his maturity and talent."
"Adam has been a model student-athlete since he stepped foot on this campus last summer," said IU academic advisor Dustin Swanson. "He has already become a team leader and was even able to make a profound contribution to the football program as a freshman. He has a 3.74 grade point average and that trend has continued this semester in a very challenging schedule. Adam earned an almost perfect score on all his assignments during the month of February and had a 3.0 average on his exams. Adam has made a lot of people proud and he is off to a great start on a Criminal Justice degree from Indiana University."
Griffin, a native of Engelwood, Colo., and member of the Hoosiers' Varsity 8 crew, earned academic high honors four times at Cherry Creek High School. She earned the Final Arts Faculty Award and the Exceptional Character Award, while also receiving the Golden Heart Award for her with Special Olympics athletes.
"I think Rachel is a great selection for the C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month honor," said IU head rowing coach Steve Peterson. "Rachel is a perfect example of the type of student-athlete we have on our team. She is a great athlete and an excellent student, but most of all she realizes that in her role as a varsity student-athlete, it is important to give back to the university and community. It has been leaders like Rachel on our team, who have helped to coordinate all of the different activities our team likes to do together - whether it is going and cheering on another team, volunteering at the food bank, or reading to kids - all of these things happen because Rachel has been one of the leaders on our team to help arrange them. All of our success in the Champs program comes from the athlete's own initiative and their desire to give back - and as I said, Rachel is a prime example of the type of student-athlete we have on our team."
"The rowing team's efforts with the C.H.A.M.P.S. Challenge have been extremely impressive," said IU Assistant Athletic Director for Student Services Mattie White. "Rachel serves as one of the CHAMPS coordinators and has worked hard to organize her team's efforts. Her work truly embodies the essence of the CHAMPS program."
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