INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – The Great Midwest Athletic Conference announced the 2019 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award winners on Tuesday (July 2) and both winners were from Walsh University.
Jacob Turner, a Men's Cross Country and Track & Field student-athlete, was the Male recipient while Corynne Swift, a Women's Soccer player, was named Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the league. These were the first two Walsh student-athletes to win the award.
"I am honored to receive the Great Midwest Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Thank you to the G-MAC and everyone who helped me along the way. I am grateful for all of the support from family, friends, teammates, coaches, and the Walsh community these past years," said Turner.
Turner, from South Bend, Indiana, graduated with a perfect 4.0 as a Biology major in the pre-professional track. Prior to graduation, he was named the Outstanding Senior in Biology and Outstanding Student at Walsh University. Off the track, Jacob was involved in variety of service projects on campus including Muscular Dystrophy Association camp counselor, volunteer at Saint Joseph's Hospital and played a major role in our Dance Marathon, which is an annual event raising money for Akron Children's hospital.
As a cross-country and track athlete at Walsh, Jacob was part of the cross-country team that qualified for the NCAA D2 National Cross Country Championships in both 2017 and 2018. In the fall, Turner helped the Cavaliers finish second in the G-MAC Cross Country Championships. Turner was also Academic All-American in Cross Country both years. Jacob earned All G-MAC honors in Cross Country for 2018 and in the 10,000 meter run for track for 2019. He was a team captain as well.
Rob Mizicko served as Jacob's head coach for both Cross Country and Track & Field. Mizicko added, "Jacob was an amazing student-athlete for both our track and cross country programs. During his time at Walsh, he excelled both academically and athletically. In addition to his academic and athletic success, Jacob is an outstanding leader who displays remarkable character. It was an honor to have Jacob as an integral part of our cross country and track program. I can not think of a more worthy recipient of this award."
Walsh Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. Jackie Novak had Turner as a student and advisee and shared the following thought, "I have served as Jacob's advisor and he was a student in my course. I can personally attest to the fact that he is not only an outstanding student-athlete but also a wonderful human being. He is kind and compassionate and will make an excellent physician."
He will be attending osteopathic medical school at Indiana University this fall.
Swift spoke about being named Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, "I have loved every minute I played and studied at Walsh. I would like to thank my teammates and coaches for all the opportunities and support the past 4 years. I would like to give a special thanks to my fellow seniors, especially my guardian angel 19."
Swift graduated with a perfect 4.0 as a double major in Psychology (Community/Clinical) and Psychology (Pre-Occupational Therapy) with a minor in Biology. The Loveland, Ohio native was a member of the Honors Program and Student Athlete Advisory Committee throughout her four-year career at Walsh University.
Corynne conducted an independent research project for the Honors Program concerning sensory processing disorder and ADHD. Off the pitch, she was also involved in many service projects including Make-A-Wish, Fridreich's Ataxia Research Alliance and the Stark County Food Bank.
Her 2018 season accolades on the pitch include All-Ohio First Team, three United Soccer Coaches D2 honors (All-North/Central Scholar Region First Team, Scholar All-American Third Team, and All-Midwest Third Team) and two G-MAC awards (All-Conference First Team and Defensive Player of the Week).
Head Coach Dave Renard was incredibly happy that Swift was chosen, "First and foremost, I'm just extremely proud of Corynne. She's a great example of how dedication and hard work pays off in the classroom, on the pitch, and in life. We're extremely excited to have her for a few more years, as she will be continuing her studies and coming on staff as a graduate assistant soccer coach."
Dr. Novak also had Swift as a student as well, "Corynne was a student in one of my BIO309 course and was delightful to have in class. She is always smiling and kind to everyone but she is also extremely hard working and dedicated on and off the field. Corynne's teammates and classmates turn to her for guidance and support, as in fact, she was team captain for the 2018-2019 school year. Corynne's career goal is to become an occupational therapist, which is a great fit for her outgoing nature and caring personality."
Swift will be continuing her studies at Walsh University and will be joining the coaching staff of her alma mater this upcoming fall.