Three Hoosiers Selected as January Scholar-Athletes and C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month
Feb. 23, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three Indiana student-athletes have been selected as the January Scholar-Athletes and C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month for their achievements on and off the field. Junior mid-distance runner Caity Lauer and senior forward D.J. White were selected as the IU Female and Male Scholar-Athletes of the Month, and sophomore rower Emily Kasavana was honored as the C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month.
Lauer, a standout on IU's track and field team, helped the Hoosiers secure a provisional qualifying time in the distance medley relay with a time of 11:21.18, recording a new IU record during the 2008 indoor season. She also recorded a career best time of 2:09.87 in the 800m run during the indoor season.
"I am very fortunate to have Caity Lauer as an advisee," said IU Academic Advisor Korinth Patterson. "Majoring in education, Caity has been a steady and consistent student-athlete working hard in the classroom and on the track from the start. She is a leader for her teammates and she always pushes herself and the team to the next level. She is truly a great example of a scholar-athlete."
White, a candidate for Big Ten Player of the Year and the Wooden and Naismith Awards, leads the league with 10.4 rebounds per game and is averaging 17.2 points per game for the No. 14/15 Hoosiers. White has helped IU reach a 22-4 overall mark with just five games remaining in the regular season.
"I am extremely excited and proud of D.J. for what he has accomplished not only recently, but in the past two years I have known him," said IU Assistant Athletics Director for Academic Services. "He is a quality individual who values his education and the degree that he will earn in May. D.J. has always been reliable and accountable and these positive traits will serve him well in the future. He is to be commended for his accomplishments."
Kasavana spent the entire 2006-07 rowing season with the second varsity eight boat. Her efforts earned the Hoosiers a second place finish at the Clemson Challenge. She was named an Academics All-Big Ten selection last season and was one of 20 rowers selected from across the country to participate in the U.S. National Team Freshman ID Camp in Madison, Wis.
"Emily's career at IU has been characterized by excellence and leadership," said Hoosier Academic Advisor Brenda Blackburn. "Emily maintains a 4.0 GPA while being a team member, active member in SAAC, and participates regularly in community service. Emily has shown passion for C.H.A.M.P.S. by actively participating in all C.H.A.M.P.S. challenges and encouraging her team to be active as well. Her drive and ambition will guarantee a successful future."