Three UC Student-Athletes Earn American Scholar Athlete Excellence Awards
Aug. 5, 2014

Three University of Cincinnati student-athletes, Olivia Dose (women's golf), Kaitlyn Good (women's indoor track and field) and Eric Lefeld (football) were named winners of the 2013-14 American Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards by league's academic affairs committee and Commissioner Mike Aresco.

The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards are given to one student-athlete in each American Athletic Conference-sponsored sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades or performances and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes who have attained junior academic standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 are eligible.

Olivia Dose
Dose, who won UC's Helen Norman Smith Award as the top graduating senior female student-athlete, posted a 75.1 average during her four years with the Bearcats, including a 74.8 average as a senior.

In the classrooms, Dose's accomplishments have been arguably even more impressive. She has been on the Dean's List nine times, while also making the Athletic Director's Honor Roll every grading period from Fall 2010 through her final semester this spring. She was named to the BIG EAST All-Academic team in 2010-13, while also being named an All-American Scholar by the National Golf Coaches Association and Women's Golf Coaches Association three times (2012-14).

Dose does not limit her leadership to the golf course and classroom either, as she volunteers her time with numerous organizations. She takes part in annual events including Operation School Bell, Kids Zone, Adopt-a-Family and Playdate with the Bearcats. She has also been involved with the Sand and See event at Traditions Golf Club, Boone County Planting and City Gospel Mission.

Kaitlyn Good
Good started off the season with a pentathlon win at the Rod McCravy Invitational by winning three events and earning a score of 3,999 points. The league recognized her performance by naming her the American Field Athlete of the Week. She finished fourth in the pentathlon at the American Athletic Indoor Conference Championship and closed out the season ranked 12th nationally in the pentathlon.

She was a three-time selection to the BIG EAST Conference All-Academic squad and earned American Conference All-Academic recognition in 2014. Good, an economics major with a 3.913 GPA, made the dean's list and athletic director's honor roll during every grading period as a student-athlete and achieved a 4.0 GPA in five different semesters.

Her community activities include working with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Gatorade Pong, an SAAC event that benefits Mothers Against Drunk Driving, volunteering at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Girls on the Run and Adopt a Family.

Eric Lefeld
Lefeld was named a preseason First-Team All-American Athletic Conference selection by both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele Magazine earlier this summer and tabbed for the Outland Trophy Watch List. He was a 13-game starter in 2013 and a unanimous First-Team All-AAC selection. He was part of an offensive line unit that allowed only 12 sacks during the regular season, leading the American and tied for 11th best in the NCAA FBS.

Strong in the classroom as well, Lefeld earned the football team's C-Club Strothman Award for Academic Excellence, earning Academic All-AAC honors as well as his undergraduate degree in marketing in April 2014. He is currently enrolled in a graduate business program.

Lefeld has been heavily involved with UC's Cats in the Community program, spending time at various community events, including the Forest Hill 5k and Playdate with the Bearcats in support of Mitch's Mission and also served food to the less fortunate at The Lord's Gym in downtown Cincinnati.