HAVERFORD'S SARGRAD, GRUNEWALD NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAÂ®
Recent Haverford College graduates Scott Sargrad and Don Grunewald have been named to the 2003-04 Academic All-AmericaÂ® teams, released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Sargrad, a mathematics major/philosophy minor from Glenside, Pa., was named to the College Division Cross Country/Track & Field Second Team, while fencer Grunewald, an economics major from Wilton, Conn., was named to the University Division At-Large Third Team. Both men received Honors in the respective majors, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College in May.
Sargrad, from Cheltenham Township High School, finished second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at last month's NCAA Division III Track & Field championships (9:03.05), after winning his second straight Centennial Conference steeplechase title. He was the solo captain his junior and senior years of Haverford's six straight Centennial champions in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. An NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship nominee and Math Department tutor and teaching assistant, Sargrad conducted research in Algebraic and Differential Topology and wrote his senior thesis on "The Existence of Energy-Minimizing Knots and Links." He also co-chaired Street Outreach distribution of food to Philadelphia homeless and was founder and co-president of Haverford's chapter of Goodschools Pennsylvania.
St. Luke's School graduate Grunewald was 41-22 overall and 23-9 in Middle Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association foil this season while captaining the Fords to their first three-weapon MACFA championship since 1983. Sixth individually at MACFA, he won the "C" foil with a 12-1 record and qualified for NCAA Regionals for the fourth straight year. A semifinalist at the Temple Open in November, he also had two wins in the Fords' January rout of nationally ranked University of North Carolina. Grunewald fenced in 183 out of 202 possible bouts in four years, with 105-78 overall, 86-49 MACFA records. A Phi Beta Kappa member whose senior thesis topic was "The Governance Structure of Commuter Rail in New York," Grunewald will attend Oxford University in England for graduate school.
To be nominated for the Academic All-AmericaÂ® program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average or higher and be a starter or significant reserve on his team. The Academic All-AmericaÂ® men's at-large teams represent athletes who compete in fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.