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Baldwin Wallace’s Trzeciak, Pinter and Hamilton Named as CAPITAL ONE Academic All-American At-Large

Julie Pinter

Brooke Hamilton

Alex Trzeciak

BEREA, OHIO --  Baldwin Wallace University junior 6-time NCAA Division III All-American diver Julie Pinter (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville-Broadview Hts.), senior men’s tennis standout Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake) and junior Division III “Elite 89” nominee and golfer Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joseph Academy) have been named to the 2012 CAPITAL ONE Academic All-America At-Large team. Pinter is a first-team selection, Trzeciak made the second team and Hamilton made the third team.

The program is sponsored in conjuction with CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) and CAPITAL ONE. Student-athletes are nominated and selected by the SIDs.  To qualify, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum 3.30 grade point average, be a starter or key reserve who has appeared in more than half of his/ her teams games/ events. The At-Large catagory at BW covers the sports of wrestling, swimming, golf and tennis.

This is the first Academic All-America honor for
Pinter, Trzeciak and Hamilton. It also marks the first time a Yellow Jacket student-athlete has earned the accolade in the sports of swimming and diving and women’s golf.

Pinter, who carries a 3.75 grade point average in communication disorders, was the Div. III national runner-up in the 1-meter diving event and placed fourth in the 3-meter event. She also is a three-time Ohio Athletic Conference Female Diver of the Year and a six-time OAC champion. She has earned OAC Swimmer of the Week honors six times during her career. At the 2012 OAC Championships, Pinter won the the 1-meter and 3-meter events and was named the OAC Diver of the Year. In the classroom, she has been honored as a NCAA Swim Coaches Association Scholar All-American the past two years, a Jacket Scholar, a member of two academic honor societies and is a 2-time CAPITAL ONE Academic All-District VII pick.

Trzeciak, who had a 3.75 grade average in mathematics and economics and will attend Washington (Mo) University for graduate school this fall, helped BW compile a school-record 29 victories, win the OAC regular season and tournament titles and advance to the second round of the NCAA Division III National Tournament as its number one singles and No.1 doubles player. He is a 2-time ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Scholar All-American and a nominee this spring, BW’s 2012 Clyde Lamb Scholar-Athlete Award winner and a 4-time first-team All-OAC selection who compiled an 87-22 singles and 82-28 doubles record. His 87 singles wins ranked second in school history, his 82 doubles wins were third and his 169 combination wins are second. This season, Trzeciak posted a 26-6 singles and 25-8 doubles mark. In the classroom, he is a member of three honors societies and was awarded the Toni and Max Dehn Prize in Mathematics, was a three-time Academic All-OAC and 2-time CAPITAL ONE Academic All-District honoree.

Hamilton, carries a 3.95 grade average in English and philosophy, was an “Elite 89” nominee at the 2012 NCAA Division III National Golf Championships where she led the Yellow Jackets to a 16th-place finish. The 2-time All-OAC selection played in seven spring tournaments and averaged 85.71 strokes in 14 rounds of 18 holes, including tying her career-low of 79 twice at the Div. III National Tournament (third and fourth rounds). Hamilton, who is a member of four honor societies, is the receipient of three academic scholarships and serves as a team captain, helped BW capture its second straight OAC title and make its fourth Div. III national tourney appearance since 2000. She also is a Jacket Scholar and a 2-time CAPITAL ONE Academic All-District VII choice.

BW has a long-standing tradition of Academic All-Americans. This spring, four Yellow Jackets have already been named as Academic All-Americans, including junior baseball outfielder
Brendan Toughey (East Amherst, N.Y./ St. Joseph’s Collegiate) and BW has five overall selections so far in 2011-12, including men’s soccer student-athlete Pat Brennan (Akron/ Walsh Jesuit). Four of the five selections this year are juniors. In addition, junior men’s track and cross country student-athlete Kenny Janosko (Mentor) currently appears of that national ballot which will be announced on June 12. Since the program began in 1970, a total of eighty-two (82) Yellow Jacket student-athletes have earned Academic All-America accolades. That is more than any other OAC institution and the second most of any small college in the state of Ohio.

“We are extremely proud of Julie, Alex and Brooke and just as we were when Pat and Brendan were both selected for this outstanding honor,” said BW fourth-year Athletics Director Kris A. Diaz. “These five young men and women exemplify the term student-athlete and represent the best of NCAA Division III. They are able to balance their academic excellence with their athletics prowess.

“BW has a long-standing tradition and heritage of excellence in academics and athletics and the numbers and facts (82 Academic All-America student-athletes) display the College’s commitment to its student-athlete,” continued Diaz. “In addition, we are proud of all of the student-athletes from Ohio Athletic Conference schools who have received this accolade in 2011-12. We congratulate each student-athlete.”

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