Bowling Green's Farmer and Western Michigan's Cowper Named MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week

Updated 1/31/2000
CLEVELAND, OH (January 31, 2000) -- Bowling Green's Angie Farmer (women's basketball) and Western Michigan's Dale Cowper (men's track & field) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week.

Farmer (Jr., 3.87, education/social studies, Wayland, Mich.) scored 18 points in BGSU's lone game last week, a 94-72 win over Akron. She made six three-pointers, just one shy of her own school record, in the win. In the process, Farmer set BG's single-season record for treys with 56. She helped Bowling Green set school records and tie the MAC records with 16 triples made and 38 attempted versus the Zips.

Cowper (So., 3.60, elementary education, Marlette, Mich.) was a double winner for the third-straight week. He won the shot put and weight throw at the 74th annual Central Collegiate Conference Championships. Cowper's 20 points helped WMU finish third at the meet. He is undefeated this year in the shot and weight throw. He also set a school in the weight throw with a mark of 62'10-1/2".

The honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during that week's competition. The winners are selected by one of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.

Female Nominees:
Akron: Karen Beasley (women's track & field, Sr., 3.31, health/physical education, Blakeslee, Ohio) finished second in the high jump at the Penn State National Open with a mark of 5'10". The height was a provisional qualification for the NCAA Championships. She also placed sixth in the pole vault with a season-best jump 11'1/4".

Ball State: Jennifer Russell (women's swimming & diving, Jr., 3.82, exercise science, Crawfordsville, Ind.) totaled two individual first-place finishes and competed on a pair of victorious relays to help Ball State to 244-50 and 152-48 victories over Akron and Eastern Michigan, respectively. Russell won the 50- and 100-yard freestyles against Akron, but her biggest finish occurred in the 400 freestyle relay, the final event of both meets. BSU trailed EMU 146-137 and needed to take the top-two spots in the relay to pull out the victory. Russell anchored BSU's "A" relay to the win in a time of 3:35.94, the Cardinals' fastest dual meet time of the season. BSU's "B" relay placed second to secure the win.

Central Michigan: Nicole Liphardt (gymnastics, Sr., 3.23, physical education, Ajax, Ontario) won the beam and floor exercise as CMU defeated Bowling Green. She tied her career-best with a 9.825 on the beam and scored a season-high 9.90 on the floor.

Kent: Kristy High (gymnastics, Sr., 3.75, physical education/exercise, Cortland, Ohio) tied a career-high on the balance beam with a score of 9.825. She had a 9.825 on the floor to help the Golden Flashes defeat Western Michigan and Bowling Green. High score 9.625 on the bars. Ohio: Stephanie Hay (women's swimming and diving, So., 3.89, journalism/public relations, Tiffin, Ohio) posted a personal-high 258.45 in the three-meter diving event at Miami on Jan. 29. She won the event with her score. She placed third in the one-meter diving event on the same day.

Toledo: Stephanie Ellis (women's swimming and diving, Jr., 3.79, chemical engineering, Warsaw, Ind.) won both the one and three-meter diving competitions with scores of 222.30 and 249.00, respectively, as the Rockets defeated both Northern Illinois and Buffalo at home. Western Michigan: Larissa Chinwah (women's tennis, So., 3.64, journalism, Sydney, Australia) defeated Michigan's Brooke Hart, 6-2 6-4, in straight sets at No. 1 singles on the Wolverine's home court in a close 5-2 loss.

Other Male Nominees:
Ball State: Patrick Jackson (men's basketball, So., 3.56, business, Muncie, Ind.) tallied a career-high 17 points in 19 minutes of action on Saturday to lead Ball State to an 82-68 win over Buffalo. He was 5-of-8 from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point range.

Central Michigan: Ryan Lantzer (men's track & field, Jr., 3.81, special education, St. Louis, Mich.) took second place in the mile with a time of 4:09.75 at the Central Collegiate Championships.

Miami: Jason Stewart (men's basketball, Sr., 3.00, engineering physics, Atlanta, Ga.) averaged 12.5 points per game last week. He scored 12 points to help Miami end Marshall's nine-game Henderson Center win streak. He led the team with 13 points against Western Michigan. Stewart was 3-for-8 from three-point range against the Broncos. After the RedHawks were down 21-7 at WMU, Stewart hit a critical three-point shot with just over 6:30 in the game to pull Miami within two points. For the week, Stewart was 10-for-24 (.417) from the field and 5-of-15 (.333) from the arc. He also snagged six boards, including four against Western Michigan and two steals.

Ohio: Dan Bednar (wrestling, Jr., 3.50, chemical engineering, Brecksville, Ohio) won his match on a technical fall (18-0) at 1:48 against EMU's Brian Hinzman. Against Northern Illinois' Phil Evans, Bednar won a 14-8 decision. His overall record is now 18-4. Toledo: Bryan Franzen (men's swimming & diving, So., 3.27, physical therapy, Phoenix, Ariz.) won the three-meter diving competition with a score of 277.10 and finished second (247.25) in the one-meter diving as the Rockets split dual meets against Northern Illinois and Buffalo.

Previous Winners Female
Week 1 (Sept. 7)  Ashlie Case, Akron (volleyball)
Week 2 (Sept. 13) Jennifer Mitchell, CMU (volleyball)
                  Kerri Schoultz, BSU (field hockey)
Week 3 (Sept. 20) Kim Branam, Akron (volleyball)
Week 4 (Sept. 27) Jocelyn Teall, BSU (field hockey)
Week 5 (Oct. 5)   Alissia Thompson, MIA (volleyball)
Week 6 (Oct. 11)  Sally Northcroft, BSU (field hockey)
Week 7 (Oct. 19)  Heather Fueger, Ohio (women's golf)
Week 8 (Oct. 25)  Courtney Seyferth, Miami (field hockey)
Week 9 (Nov. 2)   Sally Northcroft, BSU (field hockey)
Week 10 (Nov. 9)  Carrie Patterson, Kent (volleyball)
Week 11 (Nov. 15) Katie Mullen, Ohio (volleyball)
Week 12 (Nov. 23) Tennille Hileski, CMU (volleyball)
Week 13 (Nov. 29) Emily Sallee, BSU (volleyball)
Week 14 (Dec. 6)  Emily Bresser, Ohio (swimming)
Week 15 (Dec. 13) Erinn Hitch, BSU (swimming)
Week 16 (Jan. 10) Tara Perrier, Buffalo (basketball)
Week 17 (Jan. 19) Laura Szczepanski, BSU (gymnastics)
Week 18 (Jan. 24) Jamie Stewart, Miami (basketball)
Week 19 (Jan. 31) Angie Farmer, BGSU (basketball)

Previous Winners Male
Week 1 (Sept. 7)  Chad Pennington, Marshall (football)
Week 2 (Sept. 13) Blake McDowell, EMU (cross country)
Week 3 (Sept. 20) Jason Strasser, BGSU (football)
Week 4 (Sept. 27) Tim Lester, WMU (football)
Week 5 (Oct. 5)   Tim Rice, Toledo (men's golf)
Week 6 (Oct. 11)  Ty Fowler, BGSU (men's soccer)
Week 7 (Oct. 19)  Scott Niles, WMU (football)
Week 8 (Oct. 25)  Zac Derr, Akron (football)
Week 9 (Nov. 2)   Jon Eaton, Akron (football)
Week 10 (Nov. 9)  Brian Billips, Ohio (diving)
Week 11 (Nov. 15) Karoly Bozan, Kent (cross country)
Week 12 (Nov. 23) Andy Brumbergs, Miami (football)
Week 13 (Nov. 29) Mike Ensminger, Miami (basketball)
Week 14 (Dec. 6)  Demetric Shaw, Kent (basketball)
Week 15 (Dec. 13) Dan Hickey, Buffalo (swimming)
Week 16 (Jan. 10) Brian Baughman, Kent (wrestling)
Week 17 (Jan. 19) Jason Grunkemeyer, Miami (basketball)
Week 18 (Jan. 24) T.J. Lux, NIU (basketball)
Week 19 (Jan. 31) Dale Cowper, WMU (track & field)