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June 17, 2010

2009-2010 Season - Academic All-American list grows by two

Max Petersen (left) and Nick Borchert (right) became the latest in a long line of Academic All-Americans at Augustana when both were named to the ESPN - The Magazine Academic All-American team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Petersen was a first team selection and Borchert made the second team.

The Augustana tradition in producing Academic All-Americans does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The list grew a little longer today when Max Petersen (Mundelein HS, Mundelein, Ill.) and Nick Borchert (Ankeny HS, Ankeny, Iowa.), both 2010 graduates,were named to the ESPN – The Magazine Academic All-American team (as selected by CoSIDA) in men’s track & cross country.

Petersen, a sprinter, was a first team selection to the elite squad, but he is no stranger to the Academic All-American team as just one year ago he was named a second team Academic All-American. He has made great strides in his athletic career during his four years at Augustana. As a freshman and sophomore Petersen competed, but it was his junior and senior year that he really stepped into a leadership position and improved his career as a runner. He spent countless hours in the off season running and weight training. As a junior Petersen took first place at the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin meet in both the 100, 200 and was on the winning 400 relay team. This year, a co-captain, Petersen ran on the champion 400 relay, placed second in the 100, trailing only his own teammate and third in the 200 at the conference meet where his team won the CCIW title for the second time in three years. Additionally, he placed second in the 55 meter dash during the CCIW indoor championship in March.

Academically, Petersen has been a research intern on five separate projects since October of 2006 and he is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa national honor society. He has logged nearly 100 hours of volunteer work at a local trauma center. He also worked for a month at pediatric clinic in Guatemala in August of 2008. He scored a 41R on his MCAT placing him in the 99.7 th percentile overall. Petersen graduated in May with a 3.98 grade point average majoring in biochemistry and religion. In August of 2010 Petersen will begin a M.D./Ph.D. program at Yale University.

Through Petersen’s athletic and academic accomplishments he earned the Knute Erickson Award, which is given to the top male and female senior blanket award winner with the highest grade point average. More recently, Petersen was named the winner of the Jack Swartz Award which is produced by the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin and is given to one male and one female athlete at the end of each athletic season that was outstanding in athletics and academics.

Max is the son of Mark and Cynthia Petersen of Mundelein, Illinois.

Borchert, also a sprinter and co-captain, has battled a number of injuries throughout his athletic career at Augustana, only to persevere. He spent countless hours cross training in the pool of the Carver P.E. Center to regain his health. The hard work that Borchert put in paid off as he was the anchor that held the 1600 relay together. He was on the winning 1600 relay in the CCIW indoor meet in both 2009 and 2010.. In 2009 Borchert’s 1600 relay competed in Terra Haute, Indiana at the NCAA Division III Championships finishing 10 th in 3:20.97. This year the 1600 relay had their best time at the Drake Relays in 3:13.33 in the outdoor season. Borchert ended his 1600 relay career at the NCAA Division III national meet this year as the Vikings finished fifth in their heat in 3:16.47.

Academically, Borchert was named the Roald Tweet English Scholar which is awarded to one English education major per year. He was the editor-in-chief of Local Culture which is a student-established journal that reflects upon sustainable and localized living. He is also actively involved in Student-Athlete Advisory Council (S.A.A.C.) and Athletes Giving Back (A.G.B.). Borchert graduated summa cum laude with a 3.96 grade point average in English and Philosophy and in October he and his wife, Carrie will move to France where Borchert will pursue a school year of teaching English inside of a French education institution.

Nick is the son of Bryan and Julie Borchert of Ankeny, Iowa.

Petersen and Borchert’s selections are a continuation of the excellence shown by Augustana in producing Academic All-Americans, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), throughout the years. Petersen and Borchert are the 133 rd and 134 th student-athletes in Augustana history to win the prestigious honor. Currently, Augustana ranks sixth in the nation in the number of Academic All-Americans produced. The top 10 is as follows: (1) Nebraska – 271; (2) Notre Dame – 213; (3) Penn State – 162; (4) M.I.T. – 161; (5) Stanford – 140; (6) Augustana – 134; (7) Bucknell – 119; (8) Texas – 118; (9) Emory - 114; (10) UCLA – 113.

2010 ESPN – THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN TEAM

NAME

SCHOOL

YEAR

HOMETOWN

GPA

MAJOR

FIRST TEAM

 

 

 

 

 

Loren Ahonen

Western State

Junior

Temperance, MI

3.88

Political Science and Environmental Studies

Jarrett Arredondo

Worcester Polytechnic

Senior

Somerville, MA

3.72

Chemical Engineering

Aaron Braun

Adams State

Graduate

Fort Collins, CO

3.77

Mathematics/human perf. & phys. education

Brian Copley

Nebraska Wesleyan

Senior

Syracuse, NE

4.00

History/Political Science

John Donkersloot

Hope

Junior

Zeeland, MI

3.90

Chemistry

Orolando Duffus

St. Augustine’s

Junior

St. Catherine, Jamaica

3.95

Business Administration

Ricky Flynn

Lynchburg

Graduate

Lynchburg, VA

3.54

Masters of Business Administration

Simon Holzapfel

Tusculum

Junior

Nuremburg, Germany

4.00

Sport science

Mark Husted

Colorado School of Mines

Graduate

Westminster, CO

3.85

Electrical engineering

Pat Jager

St. Thomas (MN)

Senior

Maplewood, MN

3.61

Business financial management

Reuben Mwei

Adams State

Senior

Kapsabet, Kenya

3.40

Psychology

MAX PETERSEN

AUGUSTANA

SENIOR

MUNDELEIN, IL

3.98

BIOCHEMISTRY/PRE-MEDICINE/RELIGION

Bobby Torphy

Muhlenberg

Junior

Schnecksville, PA

4.00

Biochemistry

Paul Wagner

East Stroudsburg

Senior

Titusville, NJ

3.80

Sport Management

Todd Wildman

Trinity (TX)

Graduate

Dallas, TX

3.70

Business Administration/accounting

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND TEAM

 

 

 

 

 

Cory Anderson

Taylor

Junior

Converse, IN

4.00

Finance

Ryan Bertucci

California State – Chico

Senior

Gardnerville, NV

3.88

Animal science

Kale Booher

Ohio Wesleyan

Sophomore

Covington, OH

3.96

History/education

NICK BORCHERT

AUGUSTANA

SENIOR

ANKENY, IOWA

3.96

ENGLISH/PHILOSOPHY

Alan Bowsher

Ohio Northern

Senior

Bowling Green, OH

3.86

Biology

Luke Cragg

Adams State

Senior

Leeds, England

3.80

Human perf./physical education

Sean Daly

Oneonta State

Junior

Weedsport, NY

3.73

Music Industry

Steve Dry

Emory

Senior

Hopkinton, MA

3.99

Business finance & accounting

Allen Ernst

Missouri Science & Tech.

Junior

Belleville, IL

4.00

Mechanical Engineering

Chad Ernst

Wisconsin-River Falls

Senior

Richfield, MN

4.00

Conservation

Ken Gilkerson

Michigan Tech

Senior

Brooklyn Park, MN

3.94

Mechanical Engineering

Alex Greenhouse

Emory

Senior

Orange, CT

3.65

Business finance & accounting

Garrett Harms

Rensselaer Polytechnic

Junior

Newburyport, MA

3.94

Nuclear engineering/mechanical engineering

Zac Preble

Bemidji State

Senior

Coleraine, MN

3.53

Industrial Technology

Cody Stelzer

Whitworth

Senior

The Dalles, OR

3.50

Biology

Greg Tao

Massachusetts Inst. of Tech

Senior

Lafayette, IN

3.76

Mechanical engineering

Tim Uher

Wittenberg

Senior

Granville. OH

3.91

Physics

Josh Wilks

Seton Hill

Junior

Geneva, OH

3.90

Mathematics

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN OF THE YEAR: Mark Husted, Colorado School of Mines