PASADENA, Calif. – For the second time this school year Ryan Elmquist was named the SCIAC’s male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Feb 25.
In mid-December Elmquist was also named the conference’s Athlete of the Week. The honor has been given out 22 times so far this academic year and Elmquist is the first SCIAC male athlete to earn the award twice. The weekly honor is voted on by the league’s Sports Information Directors.
The men’s basketball player earned the honor for his efforts in helping Caltech break its 310-game conference losing streak on Feb. 22. During his final game in a Beaver uniform, Elmquist scored a game-high 23 points while grabbing a team best nine rebounds in the 46-45 win over Occidental. He hit the game-winning free throw with three seconds left in the contest.
“This is a sweet last chapter to Ryan’s career. To be recognized by the conference is always terrific — and to reap the award twice in a season, on the final week, is even more remarkable. This is great for Ryan and our program as a whole,” third year head coach Oliver Eslinger said.
The weekly honor is another in a list of accolades and honors the native of Woodbury, Minn., has received this season:
- Elmquist was named a Capital One Academic All-District VIII college level men's basketball first- team member. He has accumulated a 3.5 GPA and will graduate with a computer science degree in June. After graduation he will serve as a software engineer for Google.
- The conference’s head coaches awarded him with the Ted Ducey award which is given annually to the senior who best exemplifies the high ideals demonstrated by Coach Ted Ducey. The criteria includes ability, leadership, sportsmanship, determination and academic pursuits.
- He leaves the men’s basketball program as the second leading scorer in school history (1254 points) in addition to holding eight different individual school records. Among them are most career blocked shots (157) and career free throws made (414). In addition, he played in all 100 games Caltech competed in during his four years on campus.
During his final season he averaged 15.8 points per game, which was the second best mark in the league, while blocking a conference best 2.0 shots per game. Furthermore he made a SCIAC best 129 free throws.