19 Pioneers earn Academic All-OAC honors

Marietta College had 19 spring sport student-athletes named to the Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference team. To qualify for Academic All-OAC honors the student-athlete must be a sophomore or higher in class standing, maintain varsity status and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or better.

Leading the way was the track and field team with 12 selections. Seniors Caleb Ellis, Caleb Muller, Krissy Rowe, Sean Hoover, Lydia Tillmaand and Amanda Hardt; juniors Emily Lorek, Christine Drawl, Luke Badaczewski and Mark Wieferich; and sophomores Matt Bergene, Gage Freeman, Dana VanDervort, and Gretchen Baisden were all honored for their performance in the classroom.

Ellis, a history and political science double major, runs distance for the Pioneers. He carried a 3.90 grade point average this past semester. Muller, another distance runner, had a 3.82 GPA. Muller is an applied physics major, and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor national championships this spring.

Rowe, a biology major, carried a 3.75 GPA this spring. She high jumped, long jumped and triple jumped for the team. Hoover, a middle distance runner, carried a 3.73 GPA this spring. He is an English major. Tillmaand is a health science major and had a 3.56 GPA this past semester. She ran the 400 and 800 meter runs for the team. Hardt was an 800 meter runner for the Pioneers this season. She is an advertising and public relations major and carried a 3.55 GPA in the spring.

Lorek and Drawl are both distance runners for the Pioneer track team. Both carried 3.71 GPAs this spring. Lorek is a psychology major while Drawl is an English and creative writing double major. Badaczewski, an International Leadership studies major, had a 3.65 GPA this semester. He ran distance for the team. Wieferich, another distance runner, carried a 3.51 GPA as a Petroleum Engineering major.

Bergene pole vaulted for the Pioneers this season. He had a 3.85 GPA as a Petroleum Engineering major. Freeman was an 800 meter and 1500 meter runner and carried a 3.75 GPA as a sports management and broadcasting double major.

VanDervort posted a 3.60 GPA this spring as a Studio Art major. She hurdled and pole vaulted for the Pioneers. Baisden was a sprinter and jumper for the team. She notched a 3.51 GPA this spring as an Athletic Training major.

Representing the Etta Express on the Academic All-OAC baseball team were seniors Jordan Grilliot and Evan Brockmeier along with sophomore Evan Oyler.

Grilliot carried a 3.78 GPA as a Chemistry major. Playing outfield for the Etta Express, he started every game, and was among the leaders in almost all offensive categories. Brockmeier was a utility player for the Pioneers. He carried a 3.80 GPA as a Petroleum Engineering major. Brockmeier led the team in steals with 19 on the year, which was also in the conference leaders.

Oyler, another Petroleum Engineering major, carried a 3.82 GPA this spring. He is a first baseman for the Etta Express.

The Marietta College softball team also has three players that received Academic All-OAC honors: senior second baseman Katie Swejk, junior outfielder Michelle Kelly and sophomore third baseman Sarah Mayo.

Swejk had a 3.88 GPA as an Early Childhood Education major.

She finished the season with a .293 batting average and led the team in runs scored with 34.

Kelly carried a 3.88 GPA this spring as a health science major. She finished the season with a .222 batting average and had five steals on the year. Mayo posted a 3.87 GPA as a Petroleum Engineering major. She started all 38 games and finished the season with a .263 batting average and recorded 31 hits on the year, which was fourth on the team.

Sophomore Kelsey Jeffrey represented the women’s tennis team on the Academic All-OAC team. She had a 3.55 GPA this spring as an Organizational Communications and Public Relations double major. She played No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles for the Pioneers.