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St. Norbert Finishes 2017-18 With 11 MWC Elite 20 Award Winners

From Asst. AD/Athletics Communications, May 14, 2018 |
by Dan Lukes,, (920) 403-4077

DE PERE - St. Norbert College student-athletes had a banner year in the classroom, finishing with 11 Midwest Conference Elite 20 Award recipients during the 2017-18 academic year.

Each year, the Midwest Conference recognizes the student-athlete, with the highest cumulative grade point average, participating in his or her respective sport's culminating championship or tournament event with its Elite 20 Award. The award recognizes the commitment of the student-athlete toward the pursuit of excellence in both the athletic and academic realms as measured by reaching the pinnacle of competition within the league, while also achieving the highest academic standard among peers.

St. Norbert's 11 awards came out 18 possible opportunities, as the Green Knights will not offer men's or women's swimming until the 2018-19 academic year. The Green Knights' bounty shattered the previous mark for Elite 20 Awards in one season, more than doubling St. Norbert's five in 2016-17. St. Norbert student-athletes have received 18 MWC Elite 20 Awards in the three-year existence of the award, 10 more than the next closest school.

A student-athlete can only win one MWC Elite 20 Award per academic year.

Below are St. Norbert's 2017-18 MWC Elite 20 Award recipients, listed in order of presentation. Their names are followed by hometown, year in school and major(s).

Women's Golf: Megan Lau (De Pere, Wis.), junior, music education.

Women's Cross Country: Graceanne Tarsa (Traverse City, Mich.), junior, biology and mathematics.

Men's Soccer: Josh Koleske (Appleton, Wis.), sophomore, biology and psychology.

Women's Soccer: Ellie Lochner (Phillips, Wis.), sophomore, mathematics.

Football: Samuel Staehling (Plymouth, Wis.), sophomore, biology.

Men's Basketball: Taylor Penn (Wausau, Wis.), junior, biology.

Women's Tennis: Maddie Uhlenbrauck (Appleton, Wis.), sophomore, business administration.

Men's Tennis: Alex Vandenberg (De Pere, Wis.), junior, accounting and economics.

Men's Golf: David Jensen (Cambridge, Wis.), senior, communications.

Baseball: Jack Maastricht (Sun Prairie, Wis.), sophomore, economics and mathematics.

Women's Outdoor Track & Field: Kelly Heniff (Lombard, Ill.), junior, education.

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