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Katherine Geithman and Patrick Kivlehan

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (June 22, 2012) – Rutgers standouts Katherine Geithman (Falls Church, Va.) and Patrick Kivlehan (West Nyack, N.Y.) were named recipients of the 2012 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award, the league announced Friday. Geithman and Kivlehan are two of 24 award winners.

The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award is given to one student-athlete in each BIG EAST sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades or performances and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes who have attained junior academic standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 are eligible. The winners are chosen by the BIG EAST Faculty Athletics Representative Council.

Geithman, a political science and psychology major, was a four-year member of the rowing team. An All-Mid-Atlantic First Team honoree in 2012, Geithman served three years as team captain. She was named to the 2012 All-BIG EAST First Team and earned Second Team honors in 2011. A College Rowing Coaches Association Scholar- Athlete, she was also selected to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team. Geithman added to her academic accolades, as she received the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Excellence Award, was a member of the Dean’s List and National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Kivlehan, a major in communication, starred on the baseball team this past season after spending four years on the football squad. The third baseman was named the BIG EAST Player of the Year and won the first league triple crown in conference history (.402, 10, 36). He helped lead RU to its 11th BIG EAST Championship appearance in program history, posting a 31-25 season record. Overall, he batted .392 with 14 home runs and 50 RBIs overall, to go with a .693 slugging percentage and .480 on-base percentage.

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