NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- Carleton College men's soccer player Simon Ginet (Sr./Arlington, Mass/ Arlington High School) was honored for his combined athletic and academic success with the MIAC Elite 22 Award over the weekend. The MIAC’s newest award, approved by the conference in May, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the conference championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.
Ginet received the award after helping the Knights win the MIAC's postseason tournament and with it an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. After missing significant time earlier this season due to injury, the senior co-captain has returned to action and has played in 13 games so far this season including both playoff games last week. In the classroom, Ginet has posted an outstanding 3.95 GPA as a Sociology and Anthropology major with a concentration in Neuroscience.
The MIAC Elite 22 Award was modeled after the NCAA Elite 89 Award, which honors the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the championship site for each of the NCAA's 89 sponsored-sports across Divisions I, II and III. The award emerged from the MIAC's strategic plan, and was unanimously approved by the conference's governance structure in May.
Ginet and the Knights will be in action on Saturday, Nov. 16 against Westminster College (Mo.) in the first round of the NCAA Championships, which will take place on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus.