May 8, 2014

Three receive NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships

Denison University seniors Spencer Fronk, Alex Longi, and Carlos Maciel were awarded $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships on Monday.  They were three of just 29 winter student-athletes across all NCAA divisions to earn the prestigious award.  They become the 45th, 46th, and 47th individuals at Denison to receive this scholarship since the program’s inception in 1964.

Spencer Fronk is a native of Greenwood Village, Colo.  He is a four-year member of the Denison swimming and diving team and is a three-time national champion and a 25-time All-American as a four-time national qualifier.  Fronk was named to the Capital One Academic All-America team in 2013, and is a five-time North Coast Athletic Conference champion.

This year at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championship, Fronk posted six, top-11 showings, highlighted by runner-up finishes as a part of the 400 and 800 freestyle relays.  He has been a part of two national championship teams at Denison in 2011, 2012, and a pair of national runner-up squads in 2013 and 2014.  In 2011, Fronk swam the anchor leg of the final event of the NCAA Division III Championship, the 400 Free Relay.  Entering the last event, Denison needed to finish third or better in the race to win the national championship.  When Fronk hit the water Denison was in fourth place.  Down the final 25-yards he would manage to out-touch Emory’s swimmer by 32 hundredths of a second to win the program’s first national championship. 

In 2012 he would go on to compete at the Canadian Olympic Trials.  His 25 career All-American swims ranks fifth in Denison swimming history. Fronk will graduate on May 17 with a degree in economics and English.

Alex Longi is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and is a four-year member of the Denison men’s basketball team.  He enjoyed his finest season on the hardwood in 2013-14, averaging 15.2 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game, and 3.3 assists per game.  Longi was named to the Capital One Academic All-America team this winter, and became the 20th player in Denison history to score 1,000 career points.  He leaves DU with 1,090 career points which ties him for 16th on the school’s all-time scoring list. 

He is a two-time All-NCAC selection was recently honored as Denison’s recipient of the NCAC Male Scholar Athlete Award, and the Dr. Larry Scheiderer award which is presented annually to the senior male athlete with the highest grade point average.  Longi will graduate next week with a degree in economics.

Carlos Maciel is a native of Recife, Brazil and is a four-year member of the Denison men’s swimming and diving team.  Maciel is a two-time Capital One Academic All-America selection, a two-time national champion, and a 17-time All-American in the pool for the Big Red.

At this year’s NCAA Division III Championship, Maciel was the national runner-up in three events, placing second in the 200 freestyle, the 800 freestyle relay, and the 400 freestyle relay.  At the conference championship in February, Maciel won three titles and was a part of Denison’s sixth-consecutive NCAC title team.

Over the course of his career he has won five conference titles.  In 2012 he qualified for the Brazilian Olympic Trials but was unable to compete since it conflicted with final exams.  Maciel was recently selected as one of seven recipients of the prestigious Denison Presidential Medal, the highest award bestowed upon a graduating senior at Denison University.

Maciel will graduate next Saturday with a degree in economics and international studies.

The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program was created in 1964 to honor outstanding student-athletes from NCAA member institutions. The NCAA awards scholarships of $7,500 each year to student-athletes who have excelled academically and athletically and are in the final season of intercollegiate varsity athletic competition. The student must carry a 3.20 cumulative grade point average, be a distinct member of a varsity team, intend to enroll in a graduate degree program and be an outstanding citizen. Since the program began, Denison has had 47 winners which ranks third among all NCAA Division III institutions.