PASADENA, Calif. – Ryan Elmquist was named to the d3hoops.com West Region third-team on Tuesday afternoon. In doing so he becomes the first basketball player in Caltech history to earn the honor.
The west region is comprised of 60 schools from the west coast to the Midwest. The award is voted on by the regions Sports Information Directors.
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"It is so pleasing to know that Ryan's performances are recognized on the national stage," third year head coach Oliver Eslinger said. "With this all region honor he shows what can be achieved through commitment and belief. He has definitely left his mark on our program."
The honor is another in a list of accolades and awards 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.
- The SCIAC also awarded him the male Athlete of the Week honor twice during the season. No other male athlete in any sport has earned the distinction more than once this school year.
- 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.
Elmquist solidified his reputation in Caltech history by helping the Beavers 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.