CARY, NC -- Williams College men's tennis junior standout Bryan Chow (Schenectady, NY/Niskayuna HS) has been named the winner of the prestigious NCAA Elite 89 Award at the 2012 NCAA Division III Tennis Championships.
This marks the second straight year that Chow has been honored with the Elite 89 Award at the NCAA Division III Championships.
The ELITE 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers competing at the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships.
Student-athlete is at least a sophomore in academic and athletics standing, and in at least his or her second year of competition (in any sport) at his or her current institution.
Student-athlete is an active member on the roster and a member of the designated squad size for the championship site.
Williams has now won five NCAA Elite 89 awards in the three-year history of the honor.
Chow is a pre-med double major, majoring in biology and classics. He has compiled a 3.95 GPA to date, earning Academic All-NESCAC honors two straight years and achieving Dean's List (min. GPA 3.5) status each semester.
This season Chow has teamed with junior Trey Meyer at number one doubles and he also plays at number 5 singles for the 18-2 Ephs. In 2012 Chow earned First Team All-NESCAC honors in doubles after earning Second Team laurels in 2011.
Last fall the Chow/Meyer tandem won the ITA Northeast Region title and advanced to the ITA National Small College Championships where they won the NCAA Division III title. They finished second overall when they lost to the top team in NCAA Division II. Their success resulted in both of them earning All-America honors, as well as an appearance in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd.
After the conclusion of the NCAA Team Tournament where the Ephs will play tomorrow versus undefeated Emory in the semifinals, Chow and Meyer will stay on to compete in the NCAA Doubles Tournament.
Eph head coach Dan Greenberg says of Chow, "Bryan is a very hard worker who is equally focused on his academics and his tennis. He often comes early to practice for individual work. I'm pretty darn proud of him."