May 2, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- East Carolina senior tennis player Joran Vliegen and junior swimmer Danielle Morrin have been named ECU's Most Outstanding Male and Female Scholar-Athletes for 2013-14. The duo will be honored at the 25th Annual Breakfast of Champions Saturday morning, May 3, at the Murphy Center.
The award, sponsored by Potash Corp Aurora, is considered to be the most prestigious award that is presented annually to a male and female student-athlete. The award recognizes academic achievement at ECU, qualities of leadership and service to the university and community.
A four-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll, the native Belgian received his bachelor's degree in the spring of 2013 and is currently pursing his MBA. He owns a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.62 and is a part of the Gamma Beta Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. Vliegen was also the men's tennis team's representative on the ECU Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) the past two years.
Honored earlier this week as the 2014 C-USA Player-of-the-Year, Vliegen is a two-time First-Team All-Conference USA performer, two-time Player-of-the-Month and four-time Player-of-the-Week honoree. He became the first player in school history to be ranked nationally, receive an invitation to the NCAA Championships, win the ITA Carolina Region, participate in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championships and advance to the main draw of the All-American Championships. Vliegen will be the first ECU tennis player to compete at the NCAA Singles Championships later this month.
"This feels like a sort of capstone to my collegiate career," Vliegen stated. "I would have never thought I would be in this situation when I arrived four years ago."
A three-time member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll, Morrin owns a 3.52 GPA as an elementary education major. She has helped the ECU women's swimming and diving team earn Scholar All-American honors each of her first five semesters and accumulated more than 150 hours of community service during that time. As a member of SAAC, she was also involved in the Students Against Hunger Food and Funds Drive and Relay For Life amongst many other activities.
As a freshman in 2012, she earned a silver and bronze medal at the C-USA Championships and was named the team's rookie of the year. She set the varsity record in the 400 IM that season and has broken it twice since. This past season she served as team co-captain.
"Being a part of ECU athletics has helped me grow tremendously in the classroom, get more involved in the community and has given me the opportunity to keep doing what I love," Morrin explained. "I am grateful for the growth that has occurred."
Alicia Roueche, a member of the women's swimming and diving team, has been named the recipient of the Kristi Overton Female Scholar-Athlete Award, which recognizes an outstanding female student-athlete from North Carolina that has excelled as a freshman. A native of Greensboro, she qualified for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships and was a multi-event finalist at the C-USA Championships. An intended graphic design major, Roueche earned distinction as a member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Lovick was named this year's Pat Draughon Postgraduate Scholarship Award winner, which is selected on the basis of outstanding character, dedication, loyalty, persistence and the spirit of competition on and off the field. Jelnick was selected as the recipient of the Walter and Marie Williams "Spirit of the East" Post-Eligibility Scholarship Award, which is presented annually to a student-athlete who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the spirit of ECU with McKinzie receiving the Pirate Service and Leadership Postgraduate Scholarship Award, which recognizes a student-athlete who has shown excellent leadership skills and outstanding service to the community.
The 2013-14 Potash Corp Aurora All-Academic Team will also be recognized Saturday. The 17-member squad includes: Tatiana Chapple (women's basketball), Brather Cline (men's cross country), Al Dickens (men's golf), Taylor Edwards (women's swimming and diving), Stefanie Fresenius (women's cross country), Dana Gray (women's tennis), Warren Harvey (football), Henry Johnson (men's track and field), Katie Kirk (women's golf), Kelly Miller (women's soccer), Andrea Queck (volleyball), Petar Torlak (men's basketball), Kathryn Warner (women's track and field), Patriek Wolterbeek (men's tennis) and Daniel Woods (men's swimming and diving) along with Jelnick and Lovick.