Eleven Butler Student-Athletes Named To Horizon League Winter Academic All-League Teams

April 17, 2007

Indianapolis, Ind. - In continuing the tradition of producing superior academic achievement along with outstanding athletic performance, eleven Butler student-athletes have been named to the 2006-07 Academic All-Horizon League Teams for winter sports. The league office made the announcement on Tuesday (April 17).

"Congratulations to our scholar-athletes for their achievement," Butler University President Dr. Bobby Fong said. "I salute their accomplishments both in competition and in the classroom, for excellence in each venue reinforces success in the other."

"We want to congratulate each of the student-athletes who are being recognized for their academic achievements," Butler Athletic Director Barry Collier added. "These honorees have dedicated themselves to success in the classroom and in their athletic competitions."

To be eligible for consideration on the academic all-league teams, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher (based on a 4.00 scale) and have completed at least one year at the member institution having earned 24 semester-hour or 36 quarter-hour credits.

The Bulldogs were represented on all six winter teams, with men's basketball making-up three of the five members. Junior forward Drew Streicher (3.947 GPA in chemistry/pre-med) earned his third-straight mention on the squad, while junior forward Julian Betko (3.858, business administration) and junior guard A. J. Graves (3.394, mathematics) received their second-straight honors.

Senior guard Jackie Closser (3.616, elementary education) represented the women's basketball team, earning her second academic all-league award.

Four swimmer's earned academic all-league honors, with two each on both the men's and women's squads. Seniors Jason Brozek (3.562, history/chemistry) and Raj Duggal (3.312, pharmacy) earned representation on the all-league men's team, while senior Mary Beth Arnold (3.689, journalism) and sophomore Sarah Lynne Gates (3.856, pre-pharmacy) were tabbed to the women's squad.

Junior Genni Gardner (3.46, communications disorders) received her second accolade from the league as a member of the women's indoor track and field team, while junior Kristi Hertzler (3.688, biology) earned her first. Senior Chris Smith (3.245, English) also picked-up his first academic all-league award as a member of the men's team.

Butler's 11 representatives are tied with Youngstown State for the third-most in the Horizon League and are only one shy of co-leaders UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee, which each tallied 12.