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Melissa Oosterhouse and Monica Bressler Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans

Thursday, June 10, 2010

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ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Teams

Calvin College juniors Melissa Oosterhouse and Monica Bressler have been named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans in the women’s college at-large division as selected by the College Sports Information Director’s Association of America. Oosterhouse has been named to the first team while Bressler has been named to the third team.

The Women’s At-Large program for Academic All-America® includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, skiing, tennis and water polo.

A native of Grand Rapids and a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High School, Oosterhouse has been a three-year member of the Calvin women’s tennis program. She is the first individual in Calvin women’s tennis history to receive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America accolades.

During the 2009-10 season, Oosterhouse compiled a singles record of 25-2 including 23-0 in dual match play. Last month, Oosterhouse was named to the All-MIAA first team for a third straight year and was also voted the MIAA’s Most Valuable Player. She was also named the recipient of the Sue Little Sportsmanship Award in 2009.

Her efforts this spring helped the Calvin women’s tennis team capture its first MIAA title since 1982 as the Knights finished 19-4 overall and 8-0 in league play, establishing a new Calvin single-season record for victories in the process. Calvin also captured its first MIAA Tournament title since 1982, defeating Alma, Albion and Hope in the tournament to gain its first-ever bid to the NCAA III Tournament. Calvin defeated Baldwin-Wallace 5-0 in a first round NCAA III Tournament match last week and then fell 5-2 to nationally-ranked Washington University 5-2 in the second round. Oosterhouse picked up singles victories in both NCAA III Tournament matches.

She later became the first player in Calvin women’s tennis history to receive a bid to the NCAA III Singles Tournament. Oosterhouse competed in the tournament on May 28, falling to defending national singles champion Lorne McManigle 6-4, 6-2 in the first round. Prior to the start of the tournament, Oosterhouse was named the recipient of the NCAA III Elite 88 Award - given to the athlete competing at the championship event with the highest cumulative grade point average.

In the classroom, Oosterhouse is a biology major with minors in chemistry and Spanish. She carries a 3.92 grade point average and has been a regular member of the Calvin Dean’s List and MIAA Academic Honor Roll.

A three-year member of the Calvin women’s swimming and diving team, Bressler is from Sandusky, Ohio. She is a graduate of Perkins High School. A two-time All-MIAA selection, Bressler has been a part of three MIAA championship teams.

At the MIAA Championships this past February, she captured league titles in the 50 freestyle (23.76), 100 backstroke (58.34) and 200 backstroke (2:09.94). She also qualified for the NCAA III Championships in the 100 and 200 backstroke events and in several relays.

She was also a national qualifier for the 2009 NCAA III Championships and picked up All-America honors twice as she was a member of Calvin’s eighth place 200 freestyle and 400 medley relay teams. She has also been a member of three honorable mention All-America relay teams at Calvin, placing 10th in the 200 medley relay at the 2009 national meet and 12th in 200 medley relay and 16th in the 400 medley relay at the 2010 national meet.

She has also helped the Calvin women’s swimming and diving team capture three MIAA titles and finish seventh at the 2009 NCAA III Championships and 24th at the 2010 NCAA III Championships.

An accounting major, Bressler carries a 3.79 grade point average. She is a five-time member of the Calvin Dean’s List and a two-time member of the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.

Calvin has now had five individuals receive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America accolades during the 2009-10 academic year as Rebecca Kamp (volleyball) was named to the first team, Greg Snapper (men’s soccer) named to the second team and Allison Boender (women’s soccer) named to the third team this fall.

With Bressler a swimmer and Oosterhouse a tennis player, Calvin has also had an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American in each of its three sports seasons (fall, winter and spring) this year.

Calvin has now had its athletes receive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America accolades 85 times including 54 times in the last 12 years.

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