Baseball's Josh Stirneman, Swimming's Szintia Szanto Named C-USA Scholar-Athletes of the Year
June 12, 2007
HOUSTON - University of Houston senior first baseman Josh Stirneman and senior swimming captain Szintia Szanto were named the 2007 Conference USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Tuesday for their respective sports.
Tuesday's honor was only the latest in a string of academic honors for Stirneman. He recently was named to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
The Cuero native finished second on the team in all three Triple Crown categories, posting a .323 batting average, seven home runs and 40 RBIs. Although the Cougar team recently finished its season at the Conference USA Tournament, Stirneman capped his career in fine fashion, hitting safely in each of his final 13 games, a career best.
In the classroom, he recorded a 3.85 cumulative grade point average while majoring in business and is scheduled to receive his bachelor's degree during graduation ceremonies in December.
Earlier this year, Stirneman was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VI First Team and joined sophomore outfielder Jimmy Cesario on the first C-USA All-Academic Team.
He is the only player in Cougar Baseball history to receive the C-USA Academic Medal for a GPA of 3.75 or better twice during his career and was named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for the second straight season.
Stirneman also became the first Cougar Baseball player since first baseman Greyson Liles in 1992 to be named to an Academic All-America Team.
Stirneman shared the baseball honor with Southern Miss' Trey Sutton.
Szanto collected the C-USA award for the first time during her outstanding career. She was a three-time C-USA Academic Medal recipient and C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll member during her career. Her 3.89 GPA as a communications/advertising major was the highest on a Cougar squad that routinely places double-digit numbers on the C-USA Honor Roll.
The Budapest, Hungary, native was a four-time All-Conference USA Second-Team honoree at the 2007 C-USA Championship, held at UH's own Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium.
By the end of her career, Szanto owned nine of the Top 10 fastest times in both the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley and held school record in both of those events and the 100-yard breaststroke.