Johnson, Van Dalen named America East Scholar-Athletes of the Year

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July 18, 2012

Cambridge, Mass. - Tyler Johnson '12 of the baseball team and Lucy Van Dalen '12 of the track & field team have been named America East Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, respectively. Johnson is the first Stony Brook male athlete to claim the honor, while Van Dalen is the first since Jenny Payne in 2003.

Johnson, who was drafted by the Oakland Athletics, led Stony Brook to its first-ever College World Series. As a senior, he won 12 games, including victories in the Coral Gables Regional and Baton Rouge Super Regional, and is the program's all-time leader in wins with 36. Johnson earned a degree in history with a 3.70 GPA, claiming Academic All-America honors.

One of the most decorated student-athletes in school history, Van Dalen will represent her native New Zealand in next week's Olympic Games. A six-time All-America and winner of the mile at the 2012 Indoor Championships, Van Dalen also took home All-America honors at the Outdoor Championships, finishing fourth in the 1,500. She will compete in the 1,500 in London. Having already completed her undergraduate degree in sociology, she finished her master's degree in liberal studies with a 4.0 GPA.

Van Dalen is a candidate for the NCAA's Woman of the Year award, to be announced this fall.