Scholar Athletes of the Week - March 3 to March 9



March 11, 2014

DeKALB, Ill. - Each week, NIU honors two student-athletes that exemplify the concept of the "student-athlete" supremely well. These students excel both in the classroom and on the playing field. This week, the honorees are wrestling's Nick Smith and gymnastics' Amanda Stepp.

NIU Scholar-Athletes of the Week (March 3-March 9)

Nick Smith

Amanda Stepp

Sport: Wrestling Sport: Gymnastics
Year: Senior Year: Junior
Position: N/A Position: N/A
GPA: 3.18 GPA: 3.58
Major: Kinesiology Major: Nursing
Week's Achievements: At the MAC Wrestling Championships, Nick Smith clinched a spot in the NCAA tournament. He finished fourth in the 133 weight class to qualify for the event. Smith faced Missouri's Matt Manley on Sunday and sealed the deal by pinning him in 4:08. Leading up to the pin, Smith had a commanding 7-1 lead in the match. This will be the first time he heads to the NCAA tournament in his career. Week's Achievements: Amanda Stepp came through with two huge routines in NIU's final two rotations as the Huskies came back to win the EMU Eagle Invitational quad meet 195.100-194.900. She won the floor exercise with a 9.825 as the Huskies' totaled a season-high team score on floor. Moments later, Stepp came out with an outstanding vault that earned a personal season-high score of 9.825, surpassed only by teammate Jaelyn Olsen's 9.900 vault. Even more impressive is that Stepp achieved these scores while nursing an injury. Her performance helped the Huskies achieve season-high team scores on both in the vault and floor routine. 
Previous Honorees
February 24-March 2

Eli Anderson

Connie Ellett

February 17-February 23

Billy Chancey

Jessica Sturm

February 10-February 16

Eli Anderson

Meghan Heuer

Week of February 3-February 9

Aaron Armstead

Haley Dekkinga

Week of January 27-February 2

Simon Formont

Kim Gotlund

Week of January 20-January 26

Frederic Cadieux

Megan Melendez

Week of January 13-January 19

Dor Amir

Rebecca Cronin

Week of January 6-January 12

Aaron Armstead

Amanda Corral

Week of December 2-December 8

Andrew Morse

Jenna Thorp

Week of November 25-December 1

Jared Volk

Amanda Corral

Week of November 18-November 24

Matt Krempel

Justine Schepler

Week of November 11-November 17

Jordan Threloff

Ashley Sneed

Week of November 4-November 10

Billy Chancey

Mackenzie Roddy

Week of October 28-November 3

Michael Ippolito

Gwen Sabo

Week of October 21-October 27

Dusty Page

Cori Frankenberg

Week of October 14-October 20

Aidan Conlon

Amy Carr

Week of October 7-October 13

Jared Volk

Sarah Angelos

Week of September 30-October 6

Rob Sterling

Emily Paschke

Week of September 23-September 29

Matt McIntosh

Justine Schepler

Week of September 16-September 22

Luke Eakes

Taylor Ellett

Week of September 9-September 15

Jason Meehan

Courtney Ksiazek

Week of September 2-September 8

Dusty Page

Sarah Angelos

Week of August 27-September 2

Matt Krempel

Mackenzie Roddy

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