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Fuller, McMillin named CSU's top scholar-athletes



July 17, 2013

The Colorado State department of athletics will release its 2012-13 award winners over three segments this summer. On July 10, Izzy Gaulia and Dorian Green were named the “Fum” McGraw recipients. On Wednesday, July 24, the department will announce its 2012-13 recipients of the Nye Trophy (most outstanding male athlete) and Virginia K. Frank Award (most outstanding female athlete). For more information on CSU’s annual awards, including past winners, visit here.


FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State announced its annual award-winners for its most outstanding scholar-athletes on Wednesday, naming Josh McMillin (track & field) as the Merrill-Gheen Award recipient and Breann Fuller (swimming) as the Mencimer Memorial Award winner.

Established in 1964, the Merrill-Gheen Award celebrates both academic excellence and athletic achievement. The award is named after Russell Merrill, a long-time Rams booster and former baseball player. In 1969, the name of the award was changed to include Joseph Gheen, a close friend of Merrill’s.

A four-time Academic All-Mountain West recipient, Josh McMillin also earned three MW Scholar-Athlete accolades during his time with the Rams. In addition to his work in the classroom, the Colorado native won the MW title in the decathlon (6,873) with three personal records, earning all-conference accolades for his efforts. He owned CSU’s top marks this past season in the pole vault (indoor: 15-8.25; outdoor: 16-0.75), the heptathlon (5,114), the javelin (188-09) and the decathlon (7,012).

The Mencimer Memorial Award has been presented to the most outstanding female student-athlete since 1976. The award is named in memorial of Catherine and Floyd Mencimer. Catherine J. Longmore (Mencimer) received her B.S. degree from Colorado State in 1936. She was active in the Women's Athletic Association and participated in field hockey, swimming and horseback riding. Her husband, Floyd, earned his DVM degree in 1935. He lettered four years in football and baseball and was named all-conference in both sports as a senior.

Fuller, who earned her bachelor’s degree in 2012 before completing her master’s degree in 2013, holds four school records, including a MW best in the 200 Backstroke, set at this year’s Championships. As both a freshman in 2009, and a senior in 2013, Fuller qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 100 and 200 Backstroke events, finishing 24th in both events in 2013, the highest individual finish by a CSU athlete since 2004. The Brighton, Colo., native also earned the league’s Senior Recognition Award, which annually goes to swimming’s top senior student-athlete. In the classroom, she was a four-time MW Scholar-Athlete.

It marks the third time in the past four years that a swimmer has won the award. A list of past winners can be found here.

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