Top Scholar-Athletes

The most prestigious honors in Bronco Athletics were presented Sunday evening at the Senior Recognition Ceremony, hosted by the Western Michigan University Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. The event, which honored senior student-athletes from all 20 varsity sports, was held at the Radisson Hotel downtown.

Junior soccer player Brittanny Ivanic (Saugus, CA) and senior tennis player Ryan Maarschalk (Harare, Zimbabwe) were named recipients of the WMU Top Female and Male Scholar-Athletes Awards, which honors varsity letterwinners with the highest accumulative grade-point averages. Presentation of the awards were made by WMU Director of Athletics Kathy Beauregard and Alumni Relations Executive Director Jamie Jeremy, whose office sponsors the awards.

Ivanic owns a 3.92 GPA as an elementary education major. She has appeared in 46 career games at midfield for the Broncos and is a three-time letterwinner. Ivanic was named to the Mid-American Conference Honor Roll in 2001 and has made the Dean's List a total of five semesters.

Maarschalk earned top Male Scholar-Athlete honors for the second year, becoming just the fourth student-athlete to accomplish that feat. He carries a 3.72 overall GPA majoring in biomedical studies. A three-time letterwinner, Maarschalk ranks 11th on WMU's all-time wins list (160) and has helped the Broncos claim a MAC regular season crown, a MAC Tournament championship and a NCAA Tournament berth.

"The top scholar-athlete awards are based on merit, recognizing great accomplishments on the field and courts, as well in the classroom," said WMU Associate Athletic Director Jeff Stone, who administers the academic services awards program. "This is truly the toughest award to achieve and represents a commitment to sport and academics over an extended period of time."

WMU Top Scholar-Athletes

2003 — Brittanny Ivanic, Soccer, Ryan Maarschalk, Tennis

2002 — Kyle Schultz, Cross Country/Track & Field, Ryan Maarschalk, Tennis

2001 — Connie Lee, Synchronized Skating, Mark Wilkinson, Hockey

2000 — Kylie Schultz, Cross Country/Track & Field, Jeff Brink, Tennis

1999 — Kim Edwards, Cross Country/Track & Field, Jeff Brink, Tennis

1998 — Michelle Richardson, Cross Country/Track & Field, Jamie Strieter, Track & Field Jeff Rucinski, Hockey

1997 — Liz Gunn, Volleyball/Soccer, Jeff Rucinski, Hockey

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