June 21, 2012
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MILWAUKEE - Recent Marquette University graduates Peter Bolgert and Olivia Johnson have been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-AmericaÂ® Division I Men's and Women's Track/Cross Country Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
"During their time at Marquette, both Peter and Olivia were excellent examples of the philosophy we believe in for all our student-athletes," Marquette head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach Mike Nelson said. "Our student-athletes take responsibility of being the best at every endeavor they pursue. This is a serious commitment that takes heart, patience, and desire. Settling for mediocrity, in any walk of life, is just unacceptable in this environment."
Bolgert earns first team honors for the second year in a row and Academic All-America mention for the third-straight year, while Johnson was named to the second team after receiving first team accolades in 2011. Bolgert was also named an Academic All-America Second Team selection in 2010.
"Over his five years at Marquette, Peter set the tone for the team," Nelson said. "That tone can be summed up in two words: 'All In.' Whether it was a workout, a test, a community service event, Peter gave his best effort. Many people are scared to be committed to excellence and luckily we had Peter Bolgert on our team to set the example for the younger student-athletes."
The honor recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Bolgert graduated in 2012 with bachelor's degrees in mathematics and physics with a 3.99 grade point average. He will begin work on a doctorate in physics at Princeton University in the fall.
The Sheboygan, Wis., native was the 2011-12 BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete Award winner for men's cross country and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Pi Sigma and Chi Alpha Sigma honor societies. He also earned the Zeta Scholar (2009), Karioris Memorial (2010) and Stephen Weinreich Memorial (2011) awards for physics, in addition to the Outstanding Undergraduate Mathematics Award (2012).
Johnson graduated with a 4.0 GPA in accounting and has been doing graduate work at Marquette with the intent to further her studies towards a Ph.D. in accounting at the University of Iowa.
The Milford, Iowa native was a 2010 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic selection after competing in the 2010 NCAA preliminary rounds. She is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma and Chi Alpha Sigma honor societies as well as the 2011 winner of the Delta Sigma Pi Golden Key Award.
Bolgert's selection as a three-time Academic All-American puts him in elite company in Marquette University history. With his 2012 first team selection, he joins former men's basketball player Marc Marotta and men's soccer player Scott Ziemba as the only two-time first team members in MU history.
In addition to joining that exclusive club, Bolgert is one of only four Marquette student-athletes to earn Academic All-America distinction three times in his career. Marotta, Kristen Maskala of women's basketball and Amy Erickson of women's cross country and track and field are the only other three-time honorees. Two of Erickson's honors were earned in the same season when voting for cross country and track and field were separate.
In total MU student-athletes have earned Academic All-America distinction 33 times, starting with men's basketball players Bill Neary and Gary Rosenberger in 1976-77.