Illinois Wesleyan senior swimming national champion Meg Stanley has been named the Women's Division III At-Large Academic All-American of the Year and was a first-team Academic All-American, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
It marks the seventh time an IWU student-athlete has been named Academic All-American of the Year, joining Rachel Anderson (women's track, 2008), Keelan Amelianovich (men's basketball, 2006), Korey Coon (men's basketball, 2000, 1999), James Rinne (baseball, 1998), and Lon Erickson (football, 1996).
Stanley graduated last month with a 3.97 grade-point average as a history/secondary education major. She is a volunteer for Reading is Fundamental and Susan G. Komen activities, the local Tool Library and Bed Blitz and helped organize Student Education Association fundraisers for The Promise Council. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa honors society along with the Alpha Lambda Delta and Kappa Delta Pi honoraries.
Stanley became IWU's first national swimming champion after she took first in the 500-yard freestyle at the national meet on March 15. Her time of 4:50.76 set a school and College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin open record. She also claimed All-America honors in the 1,650-yard freestyle by placing third nationally in 16:41.93, also a school and CCIW open record.
Baseball pair honored: Illinois State's Collin Braithwaite and Owen Miller were among 13 baseball players on the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team.
Braithwaite, a junior catcher, was one of three players honored with a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average. Miller was the only sophomore on the first team.
Football times set: Two more Illinois football game times were announced by the Big Ten Conference and Big Ten Network. The season opener Sept. 2 at home vs. Ball State will be at 11 a.m., while the Sept. 9 home game vs. Western Kentucky will kick off at 7 p.m., both on the Big Ten Network.
Stoewer helps Kankakee to title: Kankakee Community College freshman Hayden Stoewer, a former Normal Community High School standout, helped Kankakee win the NJCAA Division II national baseball championship at Enid, Okla.
The starting right fielder and cleanup hitter for Kankakee (54-11-1), Stoewer batted .328 with 14 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 60 runs batted in.