Truman Student-Athletes Included on ESPN List of Academic All-Americans

Six Truman student-athletes have been recognized by ESPN The Magazine for their academic records.

Swimmers Kate Aherne, Andrew McCall and Tanya Sylvester, along with tennis team member Peter Bracha and track and field’s Katrina Biermann, were all named 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans. Biermann was also selected with Jacob Schrum to the Academic All-District Track and Field first team by ESPN The Magazine. The announcements were presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Aherne repeats as a first-team Academic All-American after winning the award in 2009. She won her third straight 200 IM national championship at the Division II Swimming and Diving Championships in March and finished her Truman swimming career with 27 All-America honors.  

McCall was a 2010 Rhodes Scholar and the first in the history of the University. He was named the Truman Male Student-Athlete of the Year at the department’s annual awards banquet.

Sylvester moved up to the second team this year after garnering third-team Academic All-American last season. She earned five All-America awards at the 2010 Division II Swimming and Diving Championships.

Bracha picked up his second straight Academic All-America honor, having been named to the third-team squad in 2009. He is a three-time selection to both the MIAA Presidential Scholar list as well as the Academic All-MIAA team.

Biermann was the 2010 Division II Indoor Pole Vault National Champion. She was also the MIAA indoor and outdoor pole vault champion and broke both indoor and outdoor school records in pole vault and triple jump. She was the co-winner of the Truman Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award with Aherne.

Schrum placed fourth in the 800 meter run at the 2010 MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He earned the Dean’s Academic Recognition Award for being the top male student-athlete in 2010.

To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and be nominated by his or her sports information director. The Bulldogs entered the 2009-2010 academic year ranked 24th overall and second in Division II in award recipients.

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