Eight Crusaders Earn Winter Academic All-League Honors


Eight Crusaders Earn Winter Academic All-League Honors
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Eight Valparaiso University student-athletes earned spots on the Horizon League Winter Academic All-League teams, as announced by the league office today.  The men’s track and field team had three honorees from the indoor campaign, while men’s basketball and men’s swimming had two student-athletes recognized and women’s track and field had one honoree.

The Horizon League recognizes student-athletes with seasonal Academic All-League Teams in each of its 19 championship sports. To be eligible for Academic All-Horizon League consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 or higher (based on a 4.00 scale) and have completed at least one year at the member institution, having earned 24 semester-hour or 36 quarter-hour credits. A total of 75 student-athletes in five fall sports were recognized from the league's 10 institutions.

Men’s Basketball

Vashil Fernandez (5th/Sr.) – Led the nation in blocked shots while setting a new program and Horizon League single-season record (119). Claimed the Crusaders’ career blocked shots record as well (289) and was named National Defensive Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. Owns a 3.957 GPA while working on a master’s degree in international economics and finance – his second master’s degree. Previously earned Academic All-League honors last year.

Alec Peters (Jr.) – Named an AP Honorable Mention All-American, an NABC All-District and USBWA All-Region honoree, and a First Team All-Horizon League recipient. Led Crusaders in both scoring (18.4 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg), finishing the year second in Valpo history in a single season in scoring and fifth in rebounding. Owns a 3.408 GPA as a sports management major. A two-time CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District V recipient, he previously earned Academic All-League honors last year.

Men’s Swimming

Alec Domjan (Sr.) – Ranked fourth on the team in the 200 free, and was a member of the team’s second-fastest 800 free relay and third-fastest 400 free relay. Owns a 3.770 GPA as a psychology major. Previously earned Academic All-League honors last year.

Fred Jenny (Sr.) – Placed 14th at the Horizon League Championships in the 200 breaststroke. Also finished 17th at league championships in the 50 free, moving into fifth in program history in the event. Led the Crusaders in the 50 and 100 free, as well as the 200 breaststroke. Owns a 3.512 GPA as an electrical engineering major.

Men’s Indoor Track and Field

Adam Bruno (Jr.) – Finished seventh at the Horizon League Indoor Championships in the mile and led off Valpo’s second-place DMR squad. Led Valpo indoors in both the mile and the 3,000m run, moving into fifth in program history in the mile. Owns a 3.935 GPA as a history major. Previously earned Academic All-League honors outdoors last year.

Elijah Owen (Sr.) – Paced Valpo by finishing fourth at the Horizon League Indoor Championships in the heptathlon. Ranked second on the team in the shot put and third in the high jump and long jump. Owns a 3.837 GPA as a theology major. Previously earned Academic All-League honors both indoors and outdoors last season.

Christopher Sosnowski (Sr.) – Placed fifth in the weight throw at the Horizon League Indoor Championships. Moved into fifth place in Crusader history indoors in the event. Owns a 3.948 GPA as a finance major. Previously earned Academic All-League honors both indoors and outdoors last year.

Women’s Indoor Track and Field

Liz Bloy (Jr.) – Named Outstanding Running Performer at the Horizon League Indoor Championships. Won the one mile run and finished second in the 800m run. Moved into second in program history in the 800m and also led the squad in the mile and the 3,000m run. Owns a 3.614 GPA as a theology & ministry major. Previously earned Academic All-League honors both indoors and outdoors last season.