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Washburn Named to District Academic Team

Valerie Robuck Senior Valerie Robuck received the Helene Hospodar Award at Muhlenberg’s recent Senior Athlete Dinner.

The award is given in memory of Helene Hospodar to a female senior athlete with a strong academic record who has demonstrated leadership both on and off the field or court and who epitomizes the concept of a “team player.”

Hospodar was a coach of field hockey, basketball, softball and lacrosse at Muhlenberg from 1963 to 1990 and served as advisor to the cheerleaders before retiring in 1997. Her family established the award after she passed away in September 2003.

Robuck helped two Mule teams win Centennial Conference championships: outdoor track and field in 2005 and basketball in 2006. She was a high jumper in track and played several positions in basketball.

Nicole Washburn Junior Nicole Washburn of the Muhlenberg softball team has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II College Division second team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

District II College Division consists of all NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA colleges and universities in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. To be nominated for the academic team, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average and a starter or significant reserve on her team.

Washburn, a biology major, earned All-Centennial Conference first-team honors after going 11-7 with a 1.83 ERA (third in the CC) and striking out 78 while walking only nine in 115 innings. She tossed three shutouts, two in Centennial Conference games, and was named CC pitcher of the week.

A peer tutor, Cardinal Key Society member and Student-Athletic Advisory Committee representative, Washburn also received two awards at Muhlenberg's Honors Convocation: The Todd Romig Memorial Prize as the junior who most exemplifies the true characteristics of the scholar-athlete, and the Novartis Endowed Science Scholars Program Award as an outstanding science major intending to pursue an advanced degree.

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