San Antonio - Trinity junior Jacob Hurrell-Zitelman has received the prestigious Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Swimming & Diving Elite 19 award.
The SCAC Elite 19 award is presented to the student-athletes who have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.25 in 60 credit hours and earn all-conference honors during the season. A student-athlete is honored from each of the SCAC's 19 conference-sponsored sports at the sites of the respective conference championship events.
Hurrell-Zitelman was presented his award February 16 at the SCAC Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships at San Antonio's Palo Alto College Aquatic Center. The talented Tiger swimmer, who majors in business marketing and management, has amassed a 3.987 GPA.
At the championships, Hurrell-Zitelman earned SCAC Male Swimmer of the Meet accolades for the third consecutive year, becoming the first man to achieve that feat since the award was initiated in 2008. He won the 1,650-yard freestyle with an NCAA Division III "B" Cut time and also captured the 400-yard individual medley. Hurrell-Zitelman was runner-up in the 500-yard freestyle and was a key member of the second-place 800-yard freestyle relay team.
Hurrell-Zitelman became the first swimmer in SCAC history to win the 1,650-yard freestyle event three times and also earned his eighth career conference championship during the meet. He is tied for seventh place in all-time SCAC victories. Trinity's men's placed second to Southwestern (TX) University in the team competition.
Last fall, Hurrell-Zitelman was awarded the $25,000 grand prize of Trinity's Stumberg Venture Competition. He is the founder of Quick Sip Coffee, a specialty cold-brew coffee startup. The company's website states the mission is to take the "specialty coffee cafe experience...and bring it to the consumer in a convenient manner."