June 1, 2011
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio Athletics Department announced that Rachel Heim of the swimming and diving team and Ridge Robinson of the men's cross country team were named senior scholar-athletes of the year on Wednesday at the end-of-the-year student-athlete awards event.
Ohio Athletics annually recognizes the achievements of two seniors both in their respective sports and in the classroom. The Ohio Athletics Male & Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards are considered the highest honor in the department.
A Third Team Academic All-American in 2009-10, Heim (San Diego, Calif.) is eligible to be named an Academic All-American again this year. She is a two-time First Team Academic All-District selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Athletically, she was a four-time First Team All-MAC choice and three-time Academic All-MAC selection. As a junior she was named Co-MAC Swimmer of Year. For her career, Heim amassed 13 MAC Titles including eight individual and five relays. She won four 100-yd. butterfly championships, two 200-yd. butterfly titles and two 100-yd. backstroke titles. Heim also was a part of five MAC Championship relay teams: 400-yd. Freestyle relay in 2009, 400-yd. Medley relay in 2011 and the 200-yd. Freestyle relay in 2009 and 2011. Heim holds three individual school records in the 100-yd. backstroke with a time of 54.63 seconds, the 100-yd. butterfly with a mark of 52.51 seconds and the 200-yd. butterfly with a time of 1:59.39. She also holds five relay records. Heim was a four-time College Swimming Coaches' Association of America Academic All-American. In 2011, she qualified for the NCAA Championships and placed 23rd in preliminaries in the 100-yd. butterfly.
Robinson (Navarre, Ohio) was the Bobcats' top finisher at the MAC Championships and Great Lakes Regional meet. He finished second overall the MAC Championships and 42nd at the Great Lakes Regional meet to end the season. He earned Mid-American Conference Runner of the Week on Oct. 6 and Oct. 21, the latter after leading the Bobcats to a 30th-place finish, the highest of any conference school, while his 48th overall finish was the highest of any league runner. He took third at the All-Ohio Invitational, which was also tops in the MAC that weekend. He won the Ohio Invitational early in the season and finished sixth at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational. As a junior, Robinson placed in the top-three for Ohio in every meet and was the team's top finisher at the Green & White Invite and Notre Dame Invitational.
In total 80 senior student-athletes were at the event, which was held at the Convocation Center.