CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC swimming and diving junior Andrew Eckhoff(Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) and women's basketball senior Michelle Kurowski (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) have been named America East Scholar-Athletes for the 2011-12 winter season, the conference office announced on Thursday.
A year after placing second in both diving events, Eckhoff swept the one-meter and three-meter competitions and was named the 2012 America East Most Outstanding Diver at the conference championships held in Boston.
During the dual meet season, the junior broke the UMBC school record for the three-meter event twice. In October, in an unscored meet with Towson, Eckhoff broke Jeff Salgado's record set in 2007 with a score of 354.30. Then in February, Eckhoff out did himself by breaking his own record by posting a score of 361.20 in Philadelphia against Drexel. For his efforts, Eckhoff was rewarded with a trip to the NCAA Zones meet held in Buffalo, N.Y.
Academically, Eckhoff has accumulated a 3.53 grade-point-average while studying environmental science in his first three years in Baltimore. He has been a member of the America East All-Academic Team each of the past two seasons and will be inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society later this month.
Kurowski is the only repeat winter Scholar-Athlete after also claiming the honor last year as a junior. This season, the guard was an America East All-Conference Second Team and All-Tournament Team selection as she led the squad to the conference championship game. She scored in double figures in 25 of UMBC's 32 games, including a career-long streak of 13 consecutive games from Jan. 4 to Feb. 19.
She finishes her career second in school history and 18th in America East history with 1,690 points and is included in the top-10 in multiple other categories. The guard started more games than any other Retriever in school history (118) and also leads the school in minutes played (4,131) and free throws made (383). Kurowski, along with teammate Erin Brown, is one of 12 Retrievers to ever score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in her career.
The Scholar-Athletes were member of teams in the six championship sports which the America East sponsored in the winter season including men's and women's basketball, men's and women's indoor track and field, and men's and women's swimming and diving. Member institutions of the America East for the 2011-12 winter season included University at Albany, Binghamton University, Boston University, University of Hartford, University of Maine, UMBC, University of New Hampshire, Stony Brook and University of Vermont.
A committee of athletic administrators and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative chose an honoree in each of the six winter championship sports. Each America East Scholar-Athlete was a starter or prominent reserve and carries a minimum cumulative grade-point-average of 3.30. America East recognizes a Scholar-Athlete in each of its 20 championships sports. Of those 20 sport Student-Athletes, a committee chooses an annual Male and Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.
America East Winter 2011-12 Scholar-Athletes
Men's Basketball – Logan Aronhalt, Albany
Women's Basketball – Michelle Kurowski, UMBC
Men's Track and Field – Adam Quinn, Binghamton
Women's Track and Field – Lucy Van Dalen, Stony Brook
Men's Swimming and Diving – Andrew Eckhoff, UMBC
Women's Swimming and Diving – Lauren McCandless, New Hampshire