Ball State's Hitch and Buffalo's Hickey Named MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week

Updated 12/13/1999
CLEVELAND, OH (December 14) -- Ball State's Erinn Hitch (women's swimming) and Buffalo's Dan Hickey (men's swimming) were named the MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week on December 13, 1999.

Hitch (Jr., 3.77, secondary education/English, Richmond, Ind.) won the 100 butterfly (58.81) for her eighth individual win of the season. She was also a member of the victorious 200-yard medley relay (1:51.96 team, helping to lead BSU to a 142-87 win over Valparaiso. The Cardinals were down two divers, so prior to her 100 fly race, Hitch volunteered to compete in the diving portion as well. She finished fourth in one-meter diving before winning the 100 fly in the very next event.

Hickey (Sr., 3.1, History, Brockport, N.Y.) established a new pool record with a time of 1:39.79 in the 200 freestyle at Niagara, leading Buffalo to a 151-71 win. On Saturday, in a USA Swimming sanctioned time trail, Hickey posted a time of 1:39.15, beating the NCAA standard (1:39.28) as well as the USA National Standard (1:39.19) and just .26 over the U.S. Olympic trial time.

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.

Other Nominees:
Akron: Jamie Krivak (women's basketball, Jr., 3.15, elementary education, Columbia Station, Ohio) scored a career-high 22 points in leading the Zips to their first win of the season, a 99-77 victory over a 4-2 Cleveland State squad. She is second on the team in scoring with a 12.3 ppg average. She is also the team's top free-throw shooter, making 19-of-25 for a .760 percentage. Krivak was 4-of-4 from the line against Cleveland State. She was 8-of-12 (.666) from the floor.

Ball State: Eric Schumacher (men's swimming, Sr., 3.43, exercise science, South Milwaukee, Wis.) won the 50-yard freestyle (his first individual win of the season) and anchored the winning 200-medley relay team (1:36.44) to help the Cardinals to a 152-66 win over Valparaiso on Dec. 11. He was also a member of the 200-freestyle relay that recorded the meet's fastest time (1:25.06), however, with Ball State already assured of winning the meet, Coach Bob Thomas entered the team as an exhibition.

Buffalo: Sonia Ortega (women's basketball, Sr., 3.37, communication design, Chihuahua, Mexico) averaged 8.6 points, five rebounds and 4.3 steals in three games during the week. She recorded a career-high 10 assists in a win at Albany. Ortega leads the team in assists with a 6.4 average, which also ranks third in the MAC.

Central Michigan: Vershaun Jones (women's basketball, So., 3.35, graphic engineering & design, Detroit, Mich.) was named to the all-tournament team at the Hatter Classic after leading CMU to a runner-up finish. She averaged a double-double in CMU's three games with 12.2 points and 10.0 rebounds. Jones scored a career-high 20 points against Niagara and tied a career-high with 11 rebounds in the win. She had back-to-back double-doubles against Michigan State on Wednesday and Niagara on Friday. CMU's leading rebounder, Jones also recorded five assists, two blocks and four steals on the week.

Kent: Trevor Huffman (men's basketball, So., 3.1, education, Petoskey, Mich.) scored a season-high 19 points in a 75-73 loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor on Dec. 8. He added 11 points that included 9-of-10 free throws in a 73-55 win over Wisconsin-Green Bay on Dec. 11. Huffman also had five steals against UWGB. He is the second leading scorer on the team as a bench player.

Miami: Jason Grunkemeyer (men's basketball, Jr., 3.40, physical education, Cincinnati, Ohio) used his long-range shooting to help extend Miami's Millett Hall winning streak to 16 games with home wins over Xavier and Notre Dame, two teams that received votes in last week's national rankings. He came off the bench to score 16 points and add two assists and three steals in a come-from-behind 67-58 win over the Musketeers. In his second start of the season, Grunkemeyer shared the game-high scoring honors with 18 points against the Fighting Irish. He also had five assists and three steals in the game. In both contests, Grunkemeyer shot better than 50 percent from the field and three-point range. He sank 11-of-20 shots, including 9-of-15 (60 percent) from outside the arc for the week. He leads the RedHawks in three-point shooting with a 57.7 percent mark. Jenny Martin (women's basketball, Jr., 3.30, exercise science, Greenwood, Ind.) poured in a team-high 12 points and grabbed five rebounds and a steal in a loss to Dayton. She was 6-of-10 from the field. She scored a season-high 20 points in an overtime win over Butler. She scored seven of her points in the extra period. Martin was 6-of-11 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line, while dishing out three assists. On the season, Martin is leading the team scoring with an average of 11.5 ppg. MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week, December 13, 1999, page 2

Toledo: Greg Stempin (men's basketball, Jr., 3.10, business, Macomb, Mich.) scored 15 points and hauled down 10 rebounds in the Rockets' 90-76 victory over Oakland on Dec. 9. He leads the team in points and rebounding this season in helping UT to a 5-3 record. Karin Husbeck (women's basketball, Sr., 3.99, pre-medicine, Haslett, Mich.) scored a season-high 18 points and had four rebounds, one blocked shot and one steal on Saturday versus UW-Green Bay. She also recorded 11 points, three rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot against Detroit on Dec. 8.

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)
Weel 15 (Dec. 13) Erinn Hitch, BSU (swimming)

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)

Please Note: This is the last Scholar Athlete selection for this decade. We will resume the selection on Monday, January 10, 2000.