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Two Recent Grads Named ESPN Academic All-Americans

Matt Garman ’06 and Rebecca Gutwin ’06 have been named ESPN Academic All-Americans.

Garman was named to the ESPN The Magazine Men’s At-Large Academic All-America® first team. A biology and chemistry major, he graduated summa cum laude with high honors in chemistry in May.

Garman, a forward on the hockey team, is just the second Statesman to earn first team accolades, joining baseball player Shawn Fazio ’81, Hobart’s first Academic All-American in 1979. Garman is the ninth Statesman overall to earn a place on the Academic All-America teams.

After an early season injury, Garman returned to play in 14 games this season for the Statesmen (20-8-0) as they advanced to the NCAA Division III Semifinal for the first time in the program’s history. He scored seven goals and assisted on four more. Garman recorded a season-high three points at Lebanon Valley on Feb. 3, notching the game-winning goals and a pair of assists. He completed his career with 15 goals and 24 assists for 39 points.

Garman and his classmates are the most successful class in terms of wins (63-32-11) and winning percentage (.646) to graduate from the Hobart hockey program. In the 24 seasons prior to their arrival on campus, the Statesmen had just four winning seasons, but Garman and Co. produced four consecutive winning slates.

In the classroom, Garman was an all-star as well. A three-time ECAC West All-Academic selection, he received the 2005 Richardson Prize in Pre-Med, the 2005 Eaton-Cross Prize in Biology & Chemistry, and the 2003 Chemical Rubber Company First-Year Chemistry Achievement Award. A Hale Scholar, Hobart Scholar, Faculty Scholar, and Dean’s Scholar, Garman was a member of the Eta Sigma Phi Honor Society in Classics and the Orange Key Society, Hobart’s sophomore class honor society. He earned a spot on the Dean’s List during all four of his years on campus.

Garman’s honors project, “Novel Approach to Natural Product Synthesis: Aristolactam Alkaloids Preparation by Organopalladium Chemistry,” dealt with the use of organic chemistry to develop treatments for cancer.

Gutwin was named to the ESPN The Magazine Women’s At-Large Academic All-America® second team. A mathematics major, she graduated summa cum laude in May.

Gutwin, the stroke (the pacesetter for the boat, seated closest to the coxswain) in the crew team’s varsity eight, is the 11th Heron to earn Academic All-American honors. She is the first William Smith oarswoman to receive the national acclaim.

A three-year member of the varsity eight, Gutwin is a two-time CRCA Pocock All-American. The varsity eight earned the Liberty League Boat of the Week award four times this season en route to the Liberty League Crew of the Year Award. They captured the 2006 Liberty League Championship in convincing fashion, enjoying a seven-second cushion over their nearest competitor. Gutwin and her teammates also earned a silver medal at this year’s New York State Rowing Championship.

Gutwin was named to the Dean’s List in each of her four years on campus. A Faculty Scholar, she is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society, and the Laurel Society, William Smith’s junior class honor society. Gutwin earned a spot on the Liberty League All-Academic team in each of the past three seasons.

At the annual William Smith Athletics Banquet, Gutwin was presented the Evaleen C. Harrison ’19 Scholar-Athlete Award.

Diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer as a first-year, Gutwin worked a part-time job, tutored elementary and preschool age children, and continued to practice with the team all while undergoing daily radiation treatments. She was presented with the 2004 ECAC Award of Valor for her triumph over the disease.

The Academic All-America® Teams program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America; a 2,000-member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution.