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Blome, Harper, Smyth Earn Academic All-American Honors

Blome, Harper, Smyth Earn Academic All-American Honors

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed three standout student-athletes on the CoSIDA Track/Cross Country NCAA Division III Academic All-America Team, in results released by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Wednesday.

Senior Brendan Smyth was one of 15 men's first-team Academic All-America selections after completing a standout career on the track and in the classroom.  Senior Josh Blome was voted to the men's third-team Academic All-America squad, while senior Christine Harper earned a spot on the women's third-team Academic All-America squad.

Rose-Hulman student-athletes have now combined for 127 Academic All-American awards, including 32 consecutive years with at least one Academic All-American.  The 32-year streak ranks sixth among all NCAA institutions and first in NCAA Division III.  Smyth, Blome and Harper also captured the 18th, 19th and 20th Academic All-American honors in Fightin' Engineer track and field history.

Rose-Hulman's combined Academic All-America total ranks No. 10 nationally among NCAA Division III institutions and No. 29 among all United States colleges.

Smyth earned third-team Academic All-American honors in 2016 and first-team Academic All-American honors in 2017.  He completed a career that featured three HCAC triple jump championships; and four 4-x-400 meter relay titles.  He also claimed USTFCCCA All-Region honors indoors in 2016 and 2017.  In the classroom, the biomedical engineering major carried a 3.89 grade point average.  

Blome recorded eight top-five finishes in the pole vault at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference indoor and outdoor championships during his career, highlighted by the indoor championship with a leap of 15' 1" in 2016.  In the classroom, the software engineering major carried a 3.93 grade point average and won the John Logan Award for completing his four-year athletic career with the highest grade point average among all men's athletes.   Both Blome and Smyth were a part of eight HCAC championship teams in their careers, four indoor and four outdoor.

Harper completed her career with three individual HCAC championships in the 4-x-200 and 4-x-400 meter relays.  She tallied 19 total point scoring performances and 15 top-five conference finishes.  She was part of the 2017 indoor 4-x-200 meter championship team and the runner-up 4-x-400 squads both indoors and outdoors.  In the classroom, the biomedical engineering major was awarded the Heminway Gold Medal at Commencement after completing her career with a perfect 4.00 grade point average.

The CoSIDA Academic All-America Team is voted on by a panel of nearly 200 sports information directors and CoSIDA board members from across the country.  The highest vote getters among candidates on the ballot receive Academic All-America recognition.