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Smith, Whiteman Tabbed as Maroon Club Scholar-Athletes

Dec. 7, 2017

EASTON, Pa. -- Seniors Dana Smith and Nick Whiteman have been named the Maroon Club Scholar-Athletes of the Year, receiving their recognition at the Maroon Club Hall of Fame Dinner on Nov. 17.

Eligible student-athletes are nominated by their coaches who, along with athletic administrators, vote for the male and female winners.

Smith (Princeton, N.J./Princeton) will be a four -year starter at defender on the women's lacrosse team. In her junior season of 2017, she led the team and was ninth in the Patriot League in ground balls (42). Smith was fourth on the team in caused turnovers (18) as a junior while twice being named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week.

The 2017 Academic All-Patriot League selection holds a 3.98 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in International Affairs and Math & Economics while holding a secondary concentration in Spanish.

A Marquis Scholar, Smith is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Sigma Iota Rho International Affairs Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society.

In 2017, she served as an intern with Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman in her D.C. office and also worked at the Global Independence Center. On campus, she is the social media chair for Athlete Ally, a supplemental instructor in Economics and a participant in the Oaks Leadership Academy.

"Dana has been an on-field leader for our team since her freshman year. She has maintained a stellar academic resume throughout her Lafayette career and is currently planning to pursue a Phd in Development Economics upon her graduation in May," said Lafayette women's lacrosse coach Alison Fisher. "The most impressive thing about Dana is her ability to manage her time and her commitments. She continually puts in extra work on the field, training and working on her individual skills. Her time management skills are exemplary which affords her the opportunity to make the most of her experience as a student-athlete."



Whiteman (Delmont, Pa./Franklin) is the captain of the men's swimming and diving team. Annually, he has been one of the program's top freestylers, ranking seventh all-time at Lafayette in the 1650 free, while participating in the Patriot League Championships in the 200, 500 and 1650 free in each of his first three seasons.

A Chemical Engineering major with a minor in Biotechnology/Bioengineering, Whiteman maintains a 3.92 GPA. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi, an engineering national honor society, and has been recognized with Scholar All-America status by the CSCAA.

On College Hill, he has served in a crucial role for new student orientation and is also a member of SAAC. Whiteman is a chemical engineering student mentor and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering. He has volunteered his time as a swimming coach with Special Olympics in Warren County.

"Nick has an outstanding leadership skill set which has produced an outstanding student. At the same time he possess the desire, drive and motivation that make him an outstanding swimmer," said Lafayette coach Jim Dailey. "He has always been a leader on the team, and he challenges everyone to excel in all realms. He cares deeply about Lafayette and the success of our new students and members of the Lafayette community."