WHITTIER, Calif. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced their All-Academic teams and Whittier College had eight players receive recognition as scholar-athletes, the most in a single season in program history.
Jehan Godrej (Los Altos, Calif.), Michael Karvas Kawachika (Hilo, HI), Maxwell Koszowski (Denver, CO), Pim Van Der Veer (Amsterdam, Netherlands), and Matt Yanuck (Studio City, Calif.) all were honored on the men's side. Stacey Bendanillo (Brawley, Calif.), Madeline Schmidt-Perez (San Marino, Calif.), and Kindall Yeung (Brea, Calif.) were also named scholar-athletes on the women's side.
To be eligible, players must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present institution for at least 2 semesters (including freshman through senior year).
On the men's side, Pomona-Pitzer led SCIAC schools with 10 selections to the ITA All-Academic Scholar-Athlete team, while Caltech followed with nine selections. In total, 43 men's tennis student-athletes from the conference were honored.
For the women, Chapman, CMS and Pomona-Pitzer each had six student-athletes garner individual recognition as 34 SCIAC women's tennis student-athletes in total received the accolade.