January 26, 2010
MARQUETTE – Thirty-one United States Olympic Education Center athletes earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the fall 2009 semester, creating the All-Academic Team.
Weightlifters named to the team include Northern Michigan University freshmen Chris Lenahen (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) and Max Cretcher (Rochester Hills, Mich.); sophomores Sara Cowles (Daytona Beach, Fla.), Robin Feuerman (Alamonte Springs, Fla.) and Allie Henry (River Falls, Wis.); junior Steve Jarvis (Niagra, Wis.); and graduate students Breanne Carlson (Peshtigo, Wis.) and Colin Ito (Vista, Calif.). Ito was also named Athlete of the Semester. The weightlifting team also had the highest combined GPA.
Head weightlifting coach Andy Tysz has high expectations for his athletes. “I want high performance, not only physically, but mentally,” he says. “It’s my job as a coach to develop athletes, but also make sure they develop as people.”
Speedskaters on the All-Academic Team areNMU freshman Barry Winslow (Midland Mich.); sophomores Kristen Biondo (Broadview Heights, Ohio), Dan Fiorenza (Wausau, Wis.) and Kelsey Schiel (Midland, Mich.); juniors Kyle Carr (Atlanta, Ga.) and Tamara Frederick (Park Ridge, Ill.); and seniors Cherise Wilkins (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Levi Kirkpatrick (Hills, Iowa). Kirkpatrick also received the honor of Athlete of the Semester.
Women freestyle wrestlers earning a 3.0 or higher GPA include NMU freshmen Cassandra Schmidt (Missoula, Mont.) and Carlene Sluberski (Fredonia, N.Y.); sophomore Emily Martin (Frisco, Texas); junior Laura Conway (Traverse City, Mich.); and senior Mary Kelly (Mahomet, Ill.)
Representing the Greco-Roman wrestling team are NMU freshman Josh Castellano (Wood Dale, Ill.); sophomores Aaron Briggs (Tuscon, Ariz.), Alex Fleming (Sterling, Va.) and Corey Hope (Carol Stream, Ill.); junior Paul Tellgren (Anoka, Minn.); seniors Andy Bisek (Chaska, Minn.), Spenser Mango (St. Louis, Mo.)and Mark Stenberg (Silverton, Ore.); and graduate student Nate Engel (St. Helena, Calif).
NMU sophomore (Kansas City, Kan.) Rafael Santos represented the boxing team for his academic performance.