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Special commencement held for athletes headed to college world series, tennis championship

Fourteen Johns Hopkins University student-athletes, 13 baseball players and one member of the men’s tennis team, received their diplomas Tuesday, May 25 in a special commencement ceremony.

President Ronald J. Daniels presented the graduates their diplomas in the Hodson Hall board of trustees meeting room on the Homewood Campus.

The special ceremony was necessary because of the student-athletes’ success in postseason tournaments. The baseball team starts play on Friday in the NCAA Division III College World Series in Wisconsin. The NCAA Division III Men’s Singles and Doubles Tennis Championships start in Ohio the same day. The athletes will be en route to their competitions and will miss graduating with their classmates at the university’s commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 27.

-Mike Aspegren, outfield, international studies, Newport Beach, Calif.
-Stephen Bejsiuk, infield, economics, Moorestown, N.J.
-Matthew Bernardi, outfield, history, Lake Forest, Ill. (First team Academic All-District.)
-Lee Bolyard, infield, economics, Burke, Va. (Second team Academic All-District.)
-Joe Borrelli, catcher, sociology, Wyckoff, N.J.
-Chris Huisman, infield, economics, Davidsonville, Md. (First team All-Centennial Conference [first base].)
-Dave Kahn, outfield, political science, New Hyde Park, N.Y. (Centennial Conference Player of the Year.)
-Andrew Pevsner, left-handed pitcher, economics, Calabasas, Calif. (Second team Academic All-District.)
-Marco Simmons, left-handed pitcher, international studies, Baltimore (Gilman)
-John Swarr, catcher/outfield, applied mathematics and statistics and economics, Radnor, Pa. (First team Academic All-American, first team All-Centennial Conference [catcher].)
-James Teta, infield, economics, Centereach, N.Y.
-Brendan Walsh, outfield, international studies and history of art, La Jolla, Calif.
-Matt Wiegand, right-handed pitcher, chemical engineering, San Diego. (Co-captain [injured; did not play].)

-David Maldow, singles and doubles, public health studies, Jericho, N.Y. (ITA Atlantic South Player of the Year, three-time singles All-American, one-time doubles All-American, two-Centennial Conference player of the year.)

Season summaries:
The baseball team, 43-5, qualified for the Division III World Series for the second time in three years by winning the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Trenton, N.J. The Blue Jays beat Kean University, 8-3, in Sunday’s “if necessary” game. The team has won the Centennial Conference four straight years and this year did not lose to a conference rival in either regular season or tournament play. The Jays will face Heidelberg College in their first-round World Series game at 5:30 p.m. EDT (4:30 p.m. CDT) on Friday, May 28. The Student Princes, 40-6, are in the World Series for the first time. They beat Ohio Athletic Conference rival Marietta, 6-2, to win the Mideast Regional.

The Johns Hopkins men’s tennis team won its fifth Centennial Conference title in six years and then advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Division III team championship before losing to North Carolina Wesleyan, 5-3. David Maldow was selected to continue in NCAA play in the individual singles competition and will partner in doubles with junior Andrew Wang. Maldow is playing in the NCAA singles bracket for the fourth straight year and in doubles for the second consecutive season.

For more information on NCAA competition:

-Associate athletics director/sports information director Ernie Larossa 410-516-0552, elarossa@jhu.edu
Assistant sports information director Jill Olsen (tennis) 410-516-0638, jolsen6@jhu.edu
Sports information assistant Todd Emr (baseball) 410-516-0591, temr1@jhu.edu

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