Hoosiers Honored for December/January Scholar-Athletes of the Month and CHAMPS Champ of the Month
Jan. 6, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Two Hoosiers were honored as IU's Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Month, while one Hoosier squad earned CHAMPS Champ of the Month honors for December/January. Freshman swimmer Sara Delay earned the Female Scholar-Athlete honor, while senior swimmer Ante Zorcic was named the Male Scholar-Athlete honoree. IU's wrestling team was honored with the CHAMPS Champ of the Month award.
Delay, a freshman from Concord, Calif., came to IU as an 11-time All-American in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 200 free relay and 400 free relay. She competed in the 2010 USA Swimming National Championships in the 50 free and 100 free and was a Junior Nationals qualifier in the 50 free, 100 free and 200 free.
"Sara is a very upbeat and positive student, a true joy to work with," said IU Academic Advisor Amanda Fark. "She was unsure how her first semester of college would go for her, but she has done an absolutely tremendous job academically. Her success can be attributed to her proactiveness and her determination. She is constantly receiving high accolades from her professors such as, `She is a good student, and she takes care of business. She is the only student I can remember who bothered to come in and discuss strategies to improve her performance on tests.' As well as, `Sara is a very good student who takes an active interest in what she is doing. She asks a lot of questions to ensure she is on track with assignments. Always keeps me well informed in advance of any conflicts with her sports schedule. I wish more students were as proactive with their education as she is.' Sara has a superior-level work ethic and I have no doubt she will do everything within her power to be successful here at IU. "
"In her short time here at Indiana, Sara has impressed everyone with her work ethic, kindness, and persistence," said IU head coach Ray Looze. "She is not to be denied and is making believers of everyone she meets. Excellence in academics is always a strong indicator of how athletes perform in their chosen sports so we are excited about Delay's prospects at the end of the season."
Zoricic, a junior from Split, Croatia, finished 11th in the 50 free at the 2010 Big Ten Championships with a season-best time of 20.30 as a junior, and also took 16th in the 100 freestyle (44.83) and 18th in the 100 backstroke (49.25-season best).
"Ante has yet to realize his academic potential at IU and this was a semester that he needed to step up to the plate and he has completely blown it out of the water," said Fark. "On top of his improved academic performance, he has been putting in the time and effort studying and attends meetings with tutors and advisors. If that weren't enough, his attitude is top-notch. He has a positive outlook toward his academics and is proud of his successes. His behavior this semester deserves to be applauded and recognized."
"Ante has come a long way in his time at Indiana," said Looze. "We believe this is an indicator that his senior year will be his best both out and in the pool."
IU's wrestling team was named the CHAMPS Champ of the Month after collected more than 500 cans for the Hoosiers' Student-Athlete Food Drive.
"Throughout Coach Goldman's tenure IU Wrestling has continuously given back to the Bloomington community, but they even outdid themselves during the Student-Athlete Food Drive," said IU Academic Advisor Mike Greene. "Going into the final day of the drive with the donation containers nearly empty, IU Wrestling brought over 500 cans as a team, which equates to around a twenty can average per wrestler. In all it was a great team effort and one that made a tremendous impact with the Bloomington community."
"I am very proud of the effort that our team put forward to help feed the local community," said head coach Duane Goldman. "They all worked hard to reach their goal and were very happy to be given the opportunity to brighten the holiday season for those in need."
The CHAMPS (Challenging Athletes' Minds for Personal Success) CHAMP of the Month is an outstanding student (or team) 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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