Three Hoosiers Earn November IU Scholar-Athletes and C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month Honors
Dec. 9, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three Indiana student-athletes have been selected as the November Scholar-Athlete and C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month for their achievements on and off the field of competition. Senior goalkeeper Chay Cain was named the IU's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month, while junior swimming standout Cassie Luhrsen earned the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month honor. Redshirt freshman midfielder Tyler McCarroll was named the November C.H.A.M.P.S. Champ of the Month.
Cain, a 6-0, 175 goalkeeper from Aurora, Ill., earned 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors and was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Week in his final campaign with the Hoosiers. Cain started all 24 matches for Indiana and recorded 65 saves with a 0.97 goals against average.
"Chay is a bright and focused young man," said IU head men's soccer coach Mike Freitag. "He tackles every task, whether on the field or in the classroom with the qualities of a winner."
"Chay has consistently performed well and has high standards for himself," said Kelly Noonan, IU Academic Advisor. "He takes challenging classes within his Accounting and Finance majors and always rises to the occasion. Every semester, his professors recognize his commitment to the classroom. He is a great example of finding ways to balance school and soccer, and succeed at both."
Luhrsen, a freestyle swimmer from O'Fallon, Ill., has recorded career times in the 200 IM (2:13.73), 400 IM (4:32.11) and 200 backstroke (2:09.83) this season. As a sophomore, she finished sixth in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a career mark and NCAA B time of 16:30.36 at the Big Ten Championships.
"Cassie has made tremendous strides this past semester with her academics and it is so nice to see her recognized for her efforts," said IU head swimming coach Ray Looze.
"After exploring a couple academic routes her first two years, Cassie has found her niche in Criminal Justice," said Noonan. "I have really enjoyed hearing about her interests and seeing her commitment to her classes this semester. Cassie ambition and work ethic will open many doors down the road."
McCarroll, a 6-1, 183-pound midfielder from Carmel, Ind., redshirted his freshman year and appeared in two games during the 2008 season. He spent the summer of 2007 playing for the Ft. Wayne Fever in the PDL.
"Tyler is a mature young man who is a very caring person," Freitag said. "He is very responsible and a good leader. I am very proud of him."
"Tyler is a go-to guy," said Noonan. "I can count him to volunteer for any activity and he always has an open mind. Tyler's desire to learn goes beyond the classroom. He steps into leadership positions and looks for ways to help those around him. Tyler has a bright future and the opportunities are endless."
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 C.H.A.M.P.S.: service, personal and career development, and academic and athletic excellence.