Player of the Year, Academic All-Americans, & Big Ten Medal

At the recent reception for the Women’s College World Series of softball, Kasey M. Cooper, AL A 2018, was named the ELITE 90 award winner. The award is given annually “to an athlete that has achieved the highest cumulative GPA among her peers, while competing at a championship level.” Cooper has a 4.0 GPA while majoring in mechanical engineering and is the first student-athlete from Auburn University to win the award.

Other recent accolades for Cooper, include being named SEC Player of the Year, named first-team All-America by the National Fastball Coaches Association, and being selected as the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year. Read more about Cooper’s 2016 awards.

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Three Tau Bates were recently selected for the 2016 Capital One Academic All-America® Division III baseball teams. Click here for the All-America Division III first, second, and third baseball teams.

John M. DragoMA B 2017, a mechanical engineering major at the MIT and second team All-American; he helped guide the varsity baseball team to its third ECAC Division III New England Championship as the lead-off hitter and second baseman. He maintains a perfect GPA and was the 2014 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year.

Connor A. TaggOH A 2016, senior mechanical engineering major at Case Western Reserve University and second team All-American; he is a relief pitcher for the varsity baseball team, a three-time UAA All-Academic honoree, and was named to the UAA All-Tournament team in 2016.

Bob R. BarnettPA I 2017, majoring in civil engineering at Widener University and third team All-American; he is an outfielder for the varsity baseball team, a two-time All-MAC Commonwealth First Team selection, and led the league in stolen bases in 2016.

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Aaron B. Bartnik, MN A ’15, has been named one of the University of Minnesota’s 2015-16 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients. Bartnik is graduating with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering. He is a two-time All-Big Ten and two-time NCAA All-Region selection for cross country, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2014 and second-team plaudits in 2015.

He was selected as a team captain and helped lead the Gophers to the NCAA championships for the first time since 2011, after a runner-up finish in regional action. Click here to read the announcement for more biographical details.

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