May 20, 2014

Jack Burgeson Garners Phil Eskew Award

Greencastle, Ind. —  Jack Burgeson (Saint Louis, Park, Minn./Saint Louis Park), a biochemistry major and philosophy minor on the men's swimming and diving team, has been selected as DePauw's top senior male student-athlete by the University's department of intercollegiate athletics as he earned the Phil Eskew Jr. Award.

The Eskew Award is presented annually to a senior male student-athlete who best exemplifies effort and excellence in academics, athletics, leadership, integrity, dedication to the team, campus involvement and community service.

Burgeson helped the Tigers to top 20 finishes at each of the last three NCAA Division III Championships and was a member of six relays that earned all-America honorable mention distinction in his four years. The 200-yard medley relay that he anchored at the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference Championships still holds the school record.

An all-conference honoree all four years, Burgeson was part of the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays that won Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championships in 2011. He also was part of eight relays that earned all-North Coast Athletic Conference distinction by finishing in the top three in 2012 through 2014.

Burgeson is a Phi Beta Kappa and Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society inductee and a three-time Scholar All-America selection from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Earlier this spring he earned Capital One Academic All-Distrcit honors and his name now appears on the national ballot for Academic All-America® consideration.

He is a member of DePauw's Science Research Fellows Program and is the founder and president of DePauw Donors organ donation program. 

Other finalists for the Eskew Award included Kyle Mackey (track and field), Sam Miles (tennis) and Eric Malm (football).

Paige Gooch, of the women's golf teams was named the recipient of the Amy Hasbrook Award winner as the top senior female student-athlete. Complete information on that is available here.

The awards are named for former DePauw student-athletes Amy Hasbrook '00 and Phil Eskew Jr. '63. Hasbrook was a four-year letterwinner for the women's basketball team who lost her life in a fire in 2002. Eskew, the president of DePauw's "D" Association for over 20 years, was a 1994 inductee into the DePauw Athletic Hall of Fame and was instrumental in its formation in 1986.

Amy Hasbrook Award Winners Phil Eskew Award Winners
2005 Amy Argetsinger, basketball 2005 JaMarcus Shephard, football/track and field
2006 Leslie Dillon, cross country/track and field 2006 P.J. Mitchell, baseball
2007 Liz Bondi, basketball/tennis 2007 Evan Webeler, tennis
  Sarah Gates, golf 2008 Rob Alexander, swimming and diving
2008 Katie Doogan, swimming and diving   Jeremiah Marks, football
2009 Amanda Stier, swimming and diving 2009 Michael McNelis, football
2010 Lauren Reich, cross country/track and field 2010 John Cook, swimming and diving
  Megan Soultz, softball   Spud Dick, football
2011 Courtney Lauer, track and field 2011 Jonathan Lambert, football
2012 Catie Baker, swimming and diving 2012 Kreigh Kamman, soccer
2013 Bridgette Shamleffer, field hockey 2013 Matt Kukurugya, swimming and diving
  Kate Walker, basketball
 
2014 Paige Gooch, golf 2014 Jack Burgeson, swimming and diving