Gustavus Adolphus men’s basketball player Trevor Wittwer (Jr., Redwood Falls, Minn./Redwood Valley) and women’s basketball player Bri Monahan (Sr., Hutchinson, Minn.) were among four MIAC student-athletes named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Wittwer was named to the second team, while Monahan was a third team selection. Melanie Hageman and Annie Keeley, both of Concordia, were also recognized. Hageman was named to the women’s second team, while Annie Keeley joined Monahan on the women’s third team.
The honor is given to student-athletes in the College Division of the Academic All-America award. District V of the College Division includes players in Division II, III and NAIA from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana institutions. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to be nominated. Student-athletes must have a grade-point average above 3.20 (4.0 scale) and have outstanding athletic credentials. College sports information directors in the district vote for the teams.
Wittwer, a junior wing with a health fitness/pre-chiropractic major and a 3.91 grade-point average, is a repeat selection to the Academic All-District V Second Team. As of Feb. 12, Wittwer ranks third in the MIAC in field-goal percentage at 60.1 percent, 14th in scoring at 14.3 points per game, and 14th in rebounding at 5.6 rebounds per game. A three-year starter, Wittwer was a member of the MIAC All-Freshman Team in 2004-05, and was both a MIAC Scholar Athlete and the league’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2005-06. Wittwer has career field-goal percentage of 62.2 percent (247-397), which puts him on pace to shatter the current school record of 60.2 percent held by David Newell. Academically, Wittwer ranks in the top two percent of his class.
Monahan is a senior post player with a studio art major and a 3.60 grade-point average. As of Feb. 12, Monahan ranks second in the MIAC in scoring averaging 17.0 points per game, fifth in steals at 2.4 steals per game, and ninth in free throw percentage at 76.1 percent. Monahan also ranks 11th in rebounds at 6.6 rebounds per game, and 12th in field-goal percentage at 48.5 percent. A four-year starter and two-time All-MIAC selection, Monahan became Gustavus’ all-time leading scorer on Feb. 10 at Hamline (1,403 career points). She also holds single-season school records for points (495) and field goals made (189) and ranks second all-time at Gustavus in career field goals made (534) and career free throws made (278). Monahan was also a 2006 First Team Kodak All-West Region selection and Honorable Mention All-America selection, as well as a two-time MIAC Scholar Athlete.
The College Sports Information Directors of America selects Academic All-America teams in 12 programs: football, women’s volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s track & field/cross country, women’s track & field/cross country, men’s at-large and women’s at-large. A first team, second team and third team are selected in both the University (Division I and I-AA) and College (Division II, III and NAIA) Divisions.