Date Posted:05/08/2007, 10:00AM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College seniors Zach Hammond (Holliston, Mass.) and Louise Duffus (Gray, Maine) have been named National Strength and Conditioning Association All-Americans. Hammond and Duffus were two of 239 collegiate athletes from 165 schools honored with the award- recognizing student-athletes dedication to strength training and conditioning.
Duffus, an All-American thrower for the Bowdoin indoor and track squads, owns numerous school records including weight throw, hammer throw and a share of the outdoor shot put mark. She was a team captain for the indoor and outdoor teams this season and has provisionally qualified for Nationals, currently ranking 11th on the NCAA performance list in the hammer throw.
"Louise's efforts in the weight room and a Quadrathlon test score of 147 galvanize the correlation between strength/power and distance in her throws," according to Bowdoin strength and conditioning coach Jim St. Pierre. "She is a talented athlete and a person of great character."
Hammond was a four-year contributor to the Bowdoin football team, starting on the defensive line for the Polar Bears. Although hampered by injury during his senior campaign, Hammond was able to make 93 total tackles in his career, including 21 for a loss. He forced two fumbles and recovered three while making nine sacks. His junior season, the football team posted their best record in nearly thirty years (6-2), and captured the CBB Championship his senior year.
"Zach's effort and consistent improvements have been outstanding," says St. Pierre. "When not healthy, he demonstrated equal diligence to the rehab/pre-hab program. He has an unwavering belief that the strength and conditioning program played a key role in his success and development as a football player."
The NSCA All-American Athlete program is in its 28th year. More information can be found at the NSCA website (http://www.nsca-lift.org/).