Daly earns MIAC's Elite 22 Award

Mike Ludwig, Matt Higgins (MIAC)
March 4, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. - St. Olaf senior forward Sam Daly earned the MIAC's Elite 22 Award on Sunday.

The MIAC Elite 22 Award recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the conference championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. Modeled after the NCAA Elite 89 Award, the MIAC Elite 22 Award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average (GPA) in each sport who meet similarly high, sport-specific athletic requirements.

The MIAC Elite 22 Award in all sports with MIAC team postseason tournaments is presented to the individual with the highest GPA on the active roster at the MIAC Playoff championship contest. The winner must be a sophomore, junior or senior and in at least his or her second season of competition with their current team. Both Daly and Pahl helped their teams win MIAC Basketball Playoff championships over the weekend, and had the highest GPA of all players on the active rosters at the championship sites.

Daly received the MIAC Men's Basketball Elite 22 Award thanks to his team's first-ever MIAC Playoff championship, and his 3.65 GPA. The Ole senior forward is a double-majoring in Chemistry and Psychology, and the Rochester, Minn., is a graduate of Rochester Lourdes High School.

The Oles were the tournament's No. 2 seed, and defeated No. 5 Gustavus Friday (66-53), then won 63-53 at No. 1 St. Thomas Sunday in their first-ever appearance in the championship game. Daly had six points and three rebounds in 15 minutes in the win over the Gusties, and played five minutes in the title game.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.