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Eichten, Thygesen named to Academic All-America teams

Wabasso native Eichten earns first team honors; Thygessen to third team

June 5, 2012
Marshall Independent

Southwest Minnesota State baseball players Chris Eichten and Adam Thygesen were selected by the College Sports Informatnion Directors of America to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division II team.

Eichten was named to the first team, while Thygesen was picked as a third-teamer, helping SMSU become one of five schools in the country to have two players named to the Academic All-America team.

Eichten, a Wabasso native, is the third SMSU athlete in school hisotry to earn first team Academic All-America honors, joining football player Bruce Saugstad (1988) and baseball player Brendan Rokke (2004). Eichten finished with a 3.84 grade point average in biology. On the field, he started in 33 games, finishing with a .354 batting average with two doubles, one home run, 26 runs scored and 17 RBIs.

Thygesen, from Red Wing, had a 3.84 GPA in sports management. Playing at second base, Thygesen started in 39 games, finishing with a .341 batting average with a team-high 17 doubles, 26 RBIs and 25 runs scored.

To be eligible for Academic All America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30, and must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing.



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