TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology junior Brendan Smyth helped the Fightin' Engineers complete a record setting year in the CoSIDA Academic All-America program by earning third-team Academic All-American honors, in results released by the College Sports Information Directors of America on June 22.
Smyth earned his first Academic All-American award by earning a spot on the third-team NCAA Division III Men's Track and Field Academic All-America squad. His honor helped the Fightin' Engineers tie a school record with nine Academic All-American award winners for the second consecutive year in 2015-16.
Rose-Hulman Academic All-Americans this year included first-team honorees Matthew Conrad (tennis), Orion Martin (swimming) and Chris Sander (football); second-team award winners Aaron Abbott (football), Tyler Duffy (basketball), Lauren Miller (tennis), and Joe Moehrle (football); and third-team honorees Sarah Jensen (volleyball) and Brendan Smyth (track).
Rose-Hulman student-athletes have now combined for 122 Academic All-American awards, including 30 consecutive years with at least one Academic All-American. The 31-year streak ranks sixth among all NCAA institutions and first in NCAA Division III. Smyth also captured the 17th Academic All-American honor in Fightin' Engineer track and field history.
On the track, Smyth has captured two individual and two relay Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships and has 16 conference scoring performances. He captured conference titles in the triple jump in 2014 (outdoors) and 2016 (indoors) and was part of championship 4-x-400 meter relay performances during both the indoor and outdoor seasons this spring.
Smyth also has runner-up finishes in the 2015 indoor triple jump, the 2016 outdoor 400-meter hurdles and the 2015 outdoor 4-x-400 meter relay during his HCAC career. He is a member of six consecutive men's track and field conference championship teams at Rose-Hulman, with three indoor and three outdoor titles in his first three seasons on the squad.
In the classroom, the biomedical engineering major carries a 3.91 grade point average. He was also named USTFCCCA all-region for his indoor triple jump mark of 43' 7 1/4" in 2016.