Allenspach Named to Academic All-America Team
June 10, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana junior men's golfer Drew Allenspach earned a spot on the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men's At-Large Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Tuesday. Allenspach is the eighth Hoosier (11th time) to collect All-America accolades in IU history and the first since Brad Marek and Scott Seibert in 2005.
Allenspach, who carries a perfect 4.0 GPA, is an accounting and finance major. He was recognized on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Team for the second straight season in May.
"This is a tremendous honor for Drew," Indiana head coach Mike Mayer said. "The time demands on a student-athlete are extraordinary, and Drew has done a great job managing his time and continuing to excel in the classroom. Drew is a model student-athlete and has made the entire men's golf family proud."
On the golf course, the Sugar Land, Texas, native was a key component on a Hoosier team that advanced to the NCAA Finals for the first time since 1996. He posted a 74.69 scoring average, which ranked third on the team, in 13 tournaments (39 rounds). Allenspach collected one top-five, three top-10 and six top-25 finishes, including a fifth-place showing at the UMB Bank-Mizzou Tiger Classic on April 7-8.
The Men's At-Large program for the Academic All-America program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
Joining Allenspach on the University Division Academic All-America first team were Syracuse lacrosse player and Academic All-America of the Year Mike Leveille, golfers Chris Renninger (Navy) and Joseph Sykora (Alabama), gymnasts Dylan Carney (Stanford) and Stephen Tetrault (Nebraska), ice hockey standouts Jeff Lerg (Michigan State) and Andrew Lord (Rensselaer), wrestlers Tanner Gardner (Stanford), Tyler McCormick (Missouri) and Eric Tannenbaum (Michigan) along with UCLA's Matheiu Dehaine (tennis), Navy's Eric Gardiner (water polo), Stanford's Sandy Hohener (water polo) and Florida's Kevin Nead (Swimming).
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.
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