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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Swedes with two named NAIA scholar-athletes

  • Bethany College softball players Krista Copus and Brittany Lewis are two of 286 student-athletes that have been named 2013 NAIA Scholar-Athletes as announced by the National Office.
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  • Bethany College softball players Krista Copus and Brittany Lewis are two of 286 student-athletes that have been named 2013 NAIA Scholar-Athletes as announced by the National Office.
    Student-athletes, who are nominated by head coaches, must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have reached junior academic status to qualify for this honor.
    Copus is a senior first baseman from Merced, Calif. In her two-year career at Bethany she batted .268 and had 228 put outs.
    "Krista is very deserving of this honor,” Swede coach Janice Esses said. “She is a student-athlete with great time management skills. She is conscious of her academic progress and puts a lot of effort into everything she does. I am very proud of her accomplishment."
    Copus is the daughter of Allen and Cheryl Copus and has a 3.65 grade point average.
    Lewis, a senior catcher from Glendale, Ariz., has earned this honor for the second consecutive year.
    Lewis also earned First Team All-KCAC honors and was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Second-Team.
    She batted .456 on the year and lead the conference in hits (66).
    "Brittany exemplifies the meaning of student-athlete,” Esses said. “She has proven to be a hard worker in the classroom as well as on the softball field. She is the type of person that puts a lot of thought and effort into everything she does. I am very excited Brittany received this honor."
    Lewis is the daughter of Randal and Helyn Lewis and has a 3.67 grade point average.
    The Bethany College Swedes compete in 18 intercollegiate sports in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
    Bethany participates in the NAIA Champions of Character program, which encourages integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership in student-athletes, coaches, and youth in the community.
    Since 1902, Bethany has won 152 conference championships.
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