Three named to UAA President’s Council

August 23, 2019

Three Brandeis Judges were named to the 11th annual University Athletic Association (UAA) President’s Council Scholar-Athlete Team for both their athletic and academic achievements during the 2018-2019 school year. To be selected, an athlete must receive first-team all UAA recognition while maintaining at least a 3.5 GPA throughout his or her playing season.

Three Judges are part of a record 116 recipients named to the Scholar-Athlete team. The team is comprised of athletes from 12 men’s sports and 11 women’s sports and represents all eight UAA universities.

Women’s tennis: Lauren Bertsch ’21

Bertsch played number one doubles with recent graduate Olivia Leavitt ’19 and number four singles, led the Judges to a 12-7 record. The Judges earned their first NCAA Division III tournament berth this past season. At this tournament, they made it to the regional final before falling to Wesleyan, who won the national championship. The Judges finished the year ranked 10th but were ranked as high as eighth during the season, a program record. 

Softball: Scottie Todd ’20

Todd, who was named UAA pitcher of the year, led the Judges to a 29-7-1 record and their second appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament. Todd had a 13-5 record along with 68 strikeouts and a 2.13 earned run average. Todd was also a force at the plate, leading the team with six home runs and 27 runs batted in.

Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field: Julia Bryson ’19

Bryson, who also earned the honor last year, was part of several championship teams for the Judges this season. At the UAA indoor championships, Bryson ran the 1200 meter leg in the Distance Medley Relay (DMR). In the UAA outdoor championships, Bryson was part of the 4×800 meter relay team, which broke a school record. Bryson also earned her second All-America honor during the Division III National Championship, where she ran the 1200 meter leg for the Brandeis DMR team, which placed first at nationals. 

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