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Maczewski and Lawrence Named American Eagle Outfitters Big East Institutional Scholar-Athletes




Feb. 13, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Senior swimmer Adam Maczewski and senior track and field standout Jonnique Lawrence have been named Pitt's American Eagle Outfitters Institutional Male and Female Scholar-Athletes, as chosen upon by the Conference's Academic Affairs Committee.

Maczewski, a native of Warsaw, Poland, and Lawrence, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, will receive $2,000 from American Eagle Outfitters to put towards their graduate studies. Each Big East institution has one male and one female representative for the Scholar-Athlete Award.

Maczewski is an Information Science major and is on course to graduate in May. In the pool, Maczewski has been one of the top swimmers to ever come through the Panthers' swimming and diving program. He is the school record holder in the 50 and the 100 yard backstroke, as well as a member of the school record 200 yard medley relay team. In his four years at Pitt, Maczewski never lost the 100 yard backstroke in a dual meet or at an invitational.

With the Big East Championship Meet just two weeks away, Maczewski looks to end his career with a conference title and a berth into the NCAA Championship Meet. The Big East meet will take place in Indianapolis, Ind. It is scheduled for Feb. 27 - March 2.

"Adam continues to impress us with his ability to perform at the highest level both in the pool and in the classroom," head coach Chuck Knoles said. "This award proves how Adam strives to be the best at everything he does."

Lawrence will graduate in May with a degree in Psychology. She is the schools record holder in 300 meter dash and is also a member of the school record holding 4x200 and 4x400 meter indoor relay teams. She currently has the top 200 meter dash time in the Big East and she holds the teams four fastest times of the season in that event.

Like Maczewski, Lawrence looks to shine at the Big East Indoor Championship Meet which is this weekend at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

"Jonnique is a leader by example on the track," head coach Alonzo Webb said. "I could tell on the first day she arrived on campus that she was serious about her education and that is what we strive for here. Every year she has been here she has been an academic scholar and It is gratifying to see she is been recognized for the main reason she came here. When you see her win this award, and then you look at the top of the Big East standings and see that she is leading the conference in the 200 meter dash, that is everything you need to know."

Notre Dame soccer standout Grant Van De Casteele was named the American Eagle Outfitters Big East Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, while Providence's cross country and track & field standout Sam Roecker was the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Both student-athletes will receive a $4,000 scholarship to put towards his graduate studies. 

American Eagle Outfitters Male Scholar-Athlete Award Winners:

Men:

Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Grant Van De Casteele - Notre Dame - Soccer - Finance 

Institutional Winners:
Chase Beckman - Cincinnati - Track & Field - Finance

Kevin Smith - Connecticut - Track & Field - Physical Therapy
John Pavelko - DePaul - Golf - Public Relations/Advertising
Benjamin Furcht - Georgetown - XC/T&F - Mathematics
Kyle Winter - Marquette - Track & Field - Finance & Marketing
Grant Van De Casteele - Notre Dame - Soccer - Finance
Adam Maczewski - Pittsburgh - Swimming - Information Science
Wilder Arboleda - Providence - Soccer - Political Science
Jeff Melillo - Rutgers - Baseball - Finance
Sean Hagan - St. John's - Baseball - M.S., Accounting
Jon Prosinski - Seton Hall - Baseball - Accounting
Luke Sager - USF - Football - M.S., Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies
Ryan Nassib - Syracuse - Football - M.S., Accounting
Michael Kanla - Villanova - Golf - Communications 

Women:

Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Sam Roecker - Providence - XC/T&F - Biology/Public Health 

Institutional Winners:
Mackenzie Fields - Cincinnati - Track & Field - Secondary Education & Mathematics

Danielle Dakin - Connecticut - Soccer - Exercise Science
Katherine Harry - DePaul - Basketball - Journalism and Public Relations/Advertising
Georgetown - Lindsay Wise - Volleyball - Biochemistry
Angelika Uremovich - Louisville - Soccer - Sport Administration
Danielle Carlson - Maruqette - Volleyball - Psychology & Theology
Kim Holden - Notre Dame - Swimming & Diving - Psychology
Jonnique Lawrence - Pittsburgh - Track & Field - Psychology
Sam Roecker - Providence - Cross Country/Track & Field - Biology/Health Policy Management
Shannon Woeller - Rutgers - Soccer - Exercise Science & Sport Studies
Rikka Lovely - St. John's - Track & Field - Communicative Arts
Brittany Hammer - Seton Hall - Softball - Business Administration - Marketing
Stephanie Medina - USF - Softball - Criminology
Lauren Penney - Syracuse - Indoor Track & Field - Secondary Social Studies Education
Bogdana Mimic - Villanova - Cross Country - Chemical Engineering