Date Posted:04/01/2002,  8:00AM

Metzler, Miller Honored by NSCA

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College softball player Kristie Miller (North Canaan, Conn.) and baseball player Rob Metzler (West Hartford, Conn.) have been recognized as All-American Athletes by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. They were each nominated by Bowdoin's strength and conditioning coach, Dawn Strout for this prestigous honor. The 2002 All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes are recognized for their athletic accomplishments, academic and personal achievements, community involvement and leadership qualities.

Metzler, a senior outfielder for the Polar Bears, hit .345 with 21 stolen bases and 3 home runs last year. He earned second-team All-NESCAC honors and this is now a captain for Bowdoin's baseball squad.

"Rob's enthusiasm in the weight room has set a tone for the baseball team at Bowdoin," according to Stout. "His focus encourages others to strive for improvements. Rob truly exemplifies the term student-athlete as well, by maintaining a 3.42 GPA and achieving excellence on the baseball diamond."< /p>

Miller earned first-team All-NESCAC honors at first base last season by hitting .397 with 21 RBI's to lead the team in both categories. She is also a senior captain for the Polar Bears this spring.

"Kristi truly epitomizes the student athlete every coach loves to have on their team," according to Strout, who is also the softball coach at Bowdoin. "Her dedication and intense work ethic have helped her and the softball team achieve success. Her ability to succeed academically, athletically, at work, and in her various leadership roles are a result of the high standards she continually sets for herself."

This year, 184 athletes from 84 college and universities from across the country in 19 competitive sport categories were acknowledged for their passion and hard work in and out of the weight room. All nominees must be seniors with cumulative grade point averages higher than 3.00, who contribute positively to the community at Bowdoin and demonstrate a true committment ot the strength and conditioning program.