CLEVELAND -- Five Ohio student-athletes from three winter sports have been honored by the Mid-American Conference with Distinguished Scholar Athlete recognition for the 2018-19 academic season, as announced by the league office today.
Representing the Bobcats were junior Emilia Lahtinen (Ylojarvi, Finland; Bios Pre-Professional) and senior Corrin Van Lanen (Green Bay, Wis.; Psychology) of the swimming & diving team, redshirt junior Kade Kowalski (Nashport, Ohio; Management Information Systems) of the wrestling team and sophomore Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio; Management & Strategic Leadership) and redshirt freshman Ben Vander Plas (Ripon, Wis.; Communication Studies) of the men's basketball team.
Van Lanen was named a Distinguished Scholar Athlete for the third year in a row.
The Distinguished Scholar Athlete is an award in its fifth year given to students who have excelled in athletics and academics. Following each season from the winter sports schedule, any student with a 3.20 GPA and participation in at least 50 percent of the contests was automatically named to the previously announced Academic All-MAC Team from each sport. Also, first-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence were not eligible for the award.
From the Academic All-MAC Teams, the faculty athletic representatives selected the 'best of the best' of the Academic All-MAC Teams to be honored with Distinguished Scholar Athlete Award for the 2018-19 season. A Distinguished Scholar Athlete must have a 3.50 GPA or higher and the number of Distinguished Scholar Athletes from each sport were equivalent to the number of first-team selections or 20 percent of nominees, whichever was greater.
In December, 10 Ohio student-athletes from six fall sports were honored by the MAC with Distinguished Scholar Athlete recognition.
Later this spring, the MAC will announce the Distinguished Scholar Athletes from the remaining eight spring sports sponsored by the Conference.