ANGOLA, IND. -- Members of the Trine University triathlon team were recognized for their achievements in the classroom by being selected Scholar All-American by the College Triathlon Coaches Association (CTCA).
As a team, the Thunder had a 3.70 combined grade point average during the 2017 fall semester with junior Hannah Blystone (Carmel, Ind./Carmel), sophomores Kirsten Godfrey (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead), Natalie Landel (Edgerton, Ohio/Edgerton) and freshman Melissa Wirtz (Huron, Ohio/Huron) garnering individual accolades. In addition, senior Stephanie Hostutler-Eiden (Angola, Ind./Culver) was selected honorable mention.
The Scholar All-American Awards were given to those who competed in the College Varsity Triathlon National Championship and had a fall GPA of 3.5 or greater; while the honorable mention was given to those who achieved a 3.5 or greater for the fall semester and competed in at least one regional championship.
In its first season as a varsity sport at Trine, the Thunder finished as national runners-up at the Collegiate Triathlon National Championship in early November. Blystone was an All-Region Award winner finishing as the top Division III competitor in the first regional event of the season and was also tabbed All-American following her performance at the national meet as the third fastest finisher amongst Division III athletes.
2017-18 CTCA Scholar All-Americans
|School (Team GPA)||Scholar
|Arizona State University (3.66)||Charlotte Ahrens
|Black Hills State (S.D.) University (3.497)||Mathilde Bernard
|Centenary (La.) College (3.875)||Caitlyn Faulhaber
|Colorado Mesa University (2.998)||Hannah Brockie
|Daeman (N.Y.) College (3.61)||Amber Custodi||Nichole Geiger|
|East Tennesee State University (3.367)||Morgan James
|North Central (Ill.) College (3.2)||Naomi Hill|
|Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) University (3.007)||Anne-Marie Martin||Caroline Therrell|
|Trine University (3.70)||Kirsten Godfrey
|West Alabama University (3.24)||Chloe Bennett