A quartet of Valparaiso University student-athletes were recognized on Thursday as the Summit League unveiled its 2018 Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence. Two athletes from each of Valpo’s sports that participate in the conference – men’s tennis and men’s swimming – received the high academic honor.
Athletes from the Valparaiso University men’s tennis and men’s swimming programs were recognized for their excellence in the classroom on Tuesday as the Summit League announced its 2017-2018 academic honor roll.
Junior Robbie Bretl (Wauwatosa, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) was selected to The Summit League Swimming and Diving Academic All-League Team, released by the league office on Thursday.
The Valparaiso University swimming teams wrapped up their season Saturday at their respective conference championships. The men put three athletes in A-finals of the Summit League Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D., while the women had two swimmers in C-finals of the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Iowa City, Iowa. Junior Dylan Kirar (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley) led the way with a fourth-place finish in the grueling mile event for the men. On the women’s side, sophomore Tara Lawson (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) secured the second-best time in Valpo history in the 200-back.