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Nine BW Student-Athletes Selected to Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference Teams

Julie Pinter

Brooke Hamilton

 Rebecca Kapusta

Angela Musille

Alex Trzeciak

Stephen Spalding

Brad Minrovic

Tony Tijerina

Rebecca Mitler


Women's All-OAC Team | Men's All-OAC Team

 Nine Baldwin Wallace University student-athletes have been selected on this year’s Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference teams, including five women and four men. In addition, six of the nine are repeat honorees from a year ago.

The five women’s honorees are highlighted by junior 6-time NCAA Division III All-American diver Julie Pinter (Broadview Heights/ Brecksville-Broadview Hts.) and junior Division III “Elite 89” nominee and golfer Brooke Hamilton (Cleveland/ St. Joseph Academy).  Joining Pinter and Hamilton on the Academic All-OAC team is junior women’s golfer Rebecca Kapusta (Independence) and honorable mention picks in women’s swimmer Angela Musille (Canton/ GlenOak) and women’s tennis standout Rebecca Mittler (Elyria/ Catholic). This is the second straight year that Pinter, Hamilton, Kapusta and Mittler have received this award and the first year for Musille.

The four men’s honorees are highlighted by senior 3-time Academic All-OAC pick and men’s number one singles and doubles standout Alex Trzeciak (Avon Lake). Joining Trzeciak as an Academic All-OAC choice is junior men’s No.1 golfer Stephen Spalding (Stow/ Walsh Jesuit), sophomore men’s tennis player Brad Minrovic (Akron/ Ellet) and junior men’s swimmer Tony Tijerina (Defiance/ Napoleon). This is the third straight year that Trzeciak has been selected and second for Tijerina.

Student-athletes are nominated and selected by the Faculty Athletics Representatives of each school.  To qualify, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum 3.25 grade point average, be a starter or key reserve who has appeared in more than half of his/ her teams games/ events.

Pinter, who carries a 3.75 grade point average in communication disorders, also was the Div. III national runner-up in the 1-meter diving event and placed fourth in the 3-meter event. She is a three-time OAC 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 en route to her third straight diver-of-the-year accolade. In the classroom, she is a Dean’s List student, a member of two academic honor societies and is a Jacket Scholar. Pinter has been honored as a 2-time CAPITAL ONE Academic All-District selection and as an NCAA Division III Swim Coaches Association Scholar All-American the past two years. She currently joins Trzeciak, Hamilton and Minrovic on the 2012 CAPITAL ONE Academic All-America national ballot.

Hamilton, who 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, a 2-time CAPITAL ONE Academic All-District choice and a 2011 Women’s Golf Coaches Association Scholar All-American.

Kapusta, a special education major who carries a 3.87 grade point average, joined Hamilton on this year’s team that won the OAC title and qualified for the NCAA Div. III Tournament. She was the No.3 player and averaged 86.6 strokes this season and en route to her second straight All-OAC and second consecutive Academic All-OAC honor. She highlighted her season by shooting a career-low 77 at the Trine (Ind.) University Tournament to earned medalist honors and received OAC Player of the Week honors in March. In the classroom, Kapusta is a Dean’s List student, Jacket Scholar and member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda and Chi Sigma Alpha honor societies, served as a lead fundraiser for the BW Dance Marathon to benefit the Glaser Foundation for Pediatric Aids, won a Leadership Award this spring that was sponsored by Student-Athlete Services, participates in the Newman Center Student Ministry, is a Student Ambassador for the admission office and is involved with the BW Chapter of Circle K International.

Musille, who carries a 3.87 grade point average in communication disorders, again was one of the top swimmers in the OAC.  She won OAC titles and set school and OAC Championships records in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:05.38 and 200-meter breaststroke in 2:24.08. Musille was BW’s Team Most Valuable Swimmer in 2011-12 and owns an additional individual school mark in the 200-yard individual medley and as a member of the 200 and 400-yard medley relay teams. In the classroom, she is a member of the Dean’s List, Alpha Lambda and Chi Sigma Alpha honor societies, the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, is  a Jacket Scholar and serves as a Resident Assistant and a Course Assistant.

Mitler, who carries a 3.56 grade point average in middle childhood education, has been a key member of the women’s tennis team the past three years and has helped the Yellow Jackets win an OAC regular season title, two OAC Tournament titles and a pair of berths in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.  This season, she split time between the No.1 and No.2 singles position and played No.1 doubles. In singles this season, Mittler had a 12-12 record, and she combined with sophomore Morgan Baker (Vermilion/ Elyria Catholic) in the doubles to compile a 9-14 record. She will enter her senior season with a 43-34 career singles and 47-35 doubles record. The 47 singles wins ties her for 12th all-time and the 47 doubles triumphs are 15th. In the classroom, Mittler is a Dean’s List student and Jacket Scholar, a member of the Alpha Lambda, Kappa Mu Epsilon and Chi Sigma Alpha honor societies, a member of Teaching Together, the Roteract Service Club and the BUZZ Admissions Student Ambassadors.

Trzeciak, who has a 3.7 grade average in mathematics and economics and will attend Washington (Mo) University for graduate school this fall, helped BW win the OAC title 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, 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 ranks second in school history, his 82 doubles wins are 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. He also is a 2-rime CAPITAL ONE Academic All-District honoree.

Spalding, who carries a 3.75 grade point average in BW’s 3:2 Master’s of Accounting Program, was the No.1 golfer the past two seasons, serves as a team captain and led the Yellow Jackets to a 47-42 overall record in 2011-12. The 2011 OAC Championships runner-up had a 77.19 stroke average this year and a 76.85 stroke average a year ago.  He had a career-low 71 on two separate occassions this season, earned OAC Men’s Golfer of the Week honors for the third time in his career (once each year) and was the medalist at the Denison University Ted Barclay Invitational Tournament. In the classroom, Spalding is a Dean’s List student and Jacket Scholar and a member of the Alpha Lambda and Chi Sigma Alpha honor societies. He is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Accounting Association, Student Investment Club and participated in a Student-Athlete Leadership Colloquim at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Minrovic, who carries a 3.82 grade average in the pre-med and chemistry, also helped BW to the OAC title, an NCAA tourney berth and a school-record 29 wins and 29-1 overall record. He split time at No.6 singles and No.3 doubles and compiled a 10-3 singles and 13-4 doubles record. After just two seasons, Minrovic has a 30-12 singles and 33-11 doubles mark, including a 20-7 singles and 20-7 doubles mark in 2010-11. In the classroom, he is member of two academic honor societies and a Jacket Scholar.  Minrovic’s also is a 2012 CAPITAL ONE Academic All-District selection.

Tijerina, who carries a 3.66 grade point average in psychology, is a 3-time All-OAC diver, a member of the school-record 200-yard freestyle relay team and serves as a team captain. This season, he placed third in the 1-meter dive at the OAC Championships and posted career-bests in the 50-yard free and both 50 and 100-yard butterfly events. He also earned All-OAC accolades in both the one and three-meter dives as a freshman and helped to set the school record as a sophomore. In the classroom, Tijerina is a Dean’s List student, Jacket Scholar and member of the Alpha Lambda, Psi Chi and Chi Sigma Alpha honor societies. He also is a Resident Assistant, Course Assistant and Treasurer of the Rotraract Club

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