BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced its 2018-19 winter sport postgraduate scholarship selections and two of the recipients of the prestigious award hail from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC).
Bethel's Karl Olsen and Macalester's Phoebe Aguiar were among the recipients from all three NCAA divisions to earn postgrad scholarships. To qualify, student-athletes must excel academically and athletically, be in their final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. Recipients must also maintain at least a 3.2 grade-point average and be nominated by their institution's faculty athletics representative. Created in 1964, NCAA postgraduate scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes.
Aguiar (Prairie Village, Kan. | Shawnee Mission East) finished her track and field career at Macalester as a three-time All-American and one-time national champion. In March, she won the 800 meter run at the indoor national meet to become the fourth women's track and field national champion at Macalester. Last year, Aguiar placed second nationally in the 800 outdoors with a school and MIAC record time of 2:07.22. She leaves Macalester with a national championship, six MIAC titles and school records in the 800 outdoors and the 600, 800 and 4x400-meter relay indoors. An environmental studies major, Aguiar graduated from Macalester on May 18 with a 3.61 grade point average. Earlier this week, she was named to the Google Cloud Division III Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-District 6 team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Aguiar also has earned a spot on the MIAC Academic All-Conference team three times and received USTFCCCA All-Academic honors twice. She plans on attending Syracuse University in the fall to pursue a Master's degree in Administration and Public Policy.
Olsen (Bloomington, Minn. | Jefferson) finished his career at Bethel holding indoor records for the 200, 400, 4x200 relay and 4x400 relays. He also holds outdoor records in the 200, 4x400 relay and sprint medley relay. Olsen was a three-time All-American and concluded his indoor career as the national runner-up in the 400 meters during the 2018 indoor national meet in Birmingham, Ala. He is also a two-time All-Central Region honoree in the 200 meters and 4x400 relay, on top of being All-Region for the 400 meters in 2018. In the classroom, Olsen was a two-time indoor USTFCCCA Academic All-American, amassing a 3.83 GPA as an Applied Physics and Mathematics major at Bethel. He also earned Google Cloud Academic All-American honors in 2018 and was a three-time Academic All-Conference selection with eight consecutive appearances on the Dean's List. Olsen intends to pursue a Master's degree in Analytics at Georgia Tech.