Bowling Green, Ky. — Four Western Kentucky University student-athletes were selected as members of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV at-large teams announced Thursday — Wes Brown, Mitch Miller, Jennifer Adams and Brittany Waiz. Brown, Miller and Adams were selected to the squads last season as well.
Brown — who was selected as a first-team member — was awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship this year (one of 29 that was awarded in winter sports) and was chosen the Sun Belt Conference Sporting Behavior Award winner. He ranked third on the team in the 200-yard Butterfly, 200-yard Breaststroke and the 200-yard Individual Medley, and was fourth on the squad in the 400-yard Individual Medley. The Bowling Green, Ky., native ranks fifth on WKU’s all-time performance list in the 200 Fly with a time of 1:50.40. He finished seventh in the 200-yard Butterfly at the Sun Belt championships with a time of 1:50.70.
A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Miller was honored as a second-team academic all-district selection. He was awarded the Most-Dedicated-in-Dryland award this past season, and was presented the team’s academic award for 2007. In the pool, Miller posted a career-best time in the 200-yard Freestyle at last year’s Sun Belt Conference championships.
Adams — a second-team member — ranked third in the 50-yard Freestyle on the squad with a time of 24.34. The Bowling Green, Ky., resident was also second on the squad in the 100-yard Freestyle with a time of 52.40, while she was a member of the pool-record-setting 200-yard Medley Relay team as well as the team that set a Sun Belt record in the 400-yard Free Relay. The junior helped lead the Lady Toppers to the conference title in ’08, placing eighth in the 100-yard backstroke. Adams was selected as a team captain for the 2007-08 year.
Waiz — selected to her first academic all-district squad as a second-team member — was named WKU’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year during her final year on the Hill. The Floyd Knobs, Ind., native competed in 17 matches for the Lady Topper tennis team mainly at the number three spot, recording a 6-10 record in singles. She collected three wins in doubles with three different partners. In four of her six singles victories, she allowed zero games to her opponents and gave up only seven games in all six matches.
To be eligible for academic honors, individuals must be at least a sophomore academically and athletically — freshmen and first-year transfers cannot be nominated — and a starter or key reserve with a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade-point average. Voting was conducted by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in the district, which includes Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.