Zgrabik, Cruz Earn Northwestern Mutual Academic Honor
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 | by Matt Moretti III (@Moretts13)

FORT MYERS, Fla. FGCU Athletics has named softball player Chelsea Zgrabik (Venice, Fla./Venice HS) and men’s cross country runner Argeo Cruz (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee HS) as recipients of the Northwestern Mutual Academic Student-Athletes of the Month Award for the month of March.

Each month, the FGCU Athletics Communications Office and Athletic Academic staff will choose a pair of Eagles as the Northwestern Mutual Academic Student-Athlete of the Month. Those selected for the honor will have exhibited a combination of superior athletic and overall academic success.

Zgrabik is a senior, psychology major with a minor in sociology and currently holds a 3.35 cumulative GPA. Zgrabik had a great season on the diamond for the Eagles who finished 33-26-1 overall and 14-13 in Atlantic Sun play. She started in every one of the Eagles 60 games and posted a batting average of .342 with 54 hits and a team high of 14 home runs on the season. Zgrabik also is second on the team with 44 RBI on the season. She was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Conference First Team and also earned A-Sun Academic All-Conference honors.

Cruz has carried a 3.26 cumulative GPA as an honors student majoring in community health. The Most Inspirational Award at the annual senior awards ceremony, which was renamed the Duane Swanson Sr. Inspirational Award at the 2011 ceremony, was presented to Cruz. In his final season of collegiate running this past fall, Cruz – who moved the United States from Mexico 10 years ago and is from a family of migrant farm workers – capped the most successful career in FGCU history by being named to the A-Sun First Team and NCAA South All-Region Team. Cruz’s name is littered throughout the FGCU record book as he owns eight of the top-10 8k times, including the top 2, in program history and two of the top 4, including the fastest, in the 10k.

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