Colorado College's Roush Selected SCAC Man of the Year

Colorado College's Roush Selected SCAC Man of the Year

(Portions of this story courtesy of Colorado College)

– In exclusive voting by the senior woman administrators of the conference, Kaleb Roush of Colorado College has been selected as the 2014 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Man of the Year.

Roush, a captain on the Colorado College men’s swimming & diving team, was an all-conference perfomer in the 400 individual medley as a junior in 2013 and graduates owning school records in two events - the 400 IM and the 1,000 yard freestyle.

Earlier this week, Roush capped his impressive collegiate career by earning a place on the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Roush, who was a third-team selection, became the second member of CC's men's swimming and diving program to receive the highly competitive national award since it began in 1952. He joined former teammate Jordan DeGayner who was honored in 2011 and 2012.

A native of Windsor, Colo., Roush compiled a 3.99 grade-point average and graduated on May 19 with a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and a minor in mathematics.

Roush sees great similarities in his two loves - science and swimming - as both are defined as goal- and detail-oriented pursuits.

"The goal of my Biochemistry studies has been to know - to know the details of how the human body functions," said Roush. "However, over the past four years this perhaps simplistic sentiment has matured, tempered by my liberal arts education and my experiences at Colorado College."

As Roush continued his education at Colorado College, these two passions morphed from simply participation opportunites to more involved leadership opportunities.

"As a member of the swim team and SAAC, I had great opportunities to participate in annual fundraisers for cancer: the Hour of Power, which raises money for sarcoma cancer research, and the Quony Cup, a soccer tournament that raises money for the American Cancer Society in honor of two Colorado College athletes who lost their battles to cancer," said Roush. "These membership roles turned into leadership roles when I was elected captain and vice-president of these respective groups. These experiences taught me that scientists cannot exist removed from the world in their laboratories. To be effective, a dialogue that extends beyond scientific passion must exist with the community. A scientist must grasp a wider context of his field so that communication can occur with people in other disciplines. I believe this perspective is necessary in light of today's groundbreaking scientific discoveries."

It's no surprise that Roush was named the college's outstanding senior in biochem considering his long history as a student worker and a research assistant in CC's science departments.

He served as a research and laboratory assistant in the college's biology and physics departments, beginning as a learning assistant and FYE mentor in the fall of 2012. More recently, his duties have included directing and supervising student usage of the college's atomic force microscope, as well as analyzing the quality and utility of the data generated by students.

Roush's research included investigating the morphological and physiological roles of five different genes expressed during long-term stationary phase in Acinetobacter baylyi through atomic force microscopy, fluorescent microscopy, and the generation of growth curves.

In 2012, Roush assisted in a summer research project with Murphy Brasuel, associate professor in CC's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The following year, he worked alongside Stephen Dewhurst, professor in the Microbiology and Immunology Department at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, researching HIV vaccine development using nano particles.

Roush also had an outstanding career in the pool.

The senior co-captain posted three podium finishes and scored points in four events at the 2014 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. He finished sixth in 400-yard individual medley, eighth in 200 breaststroke and 12th in 200 IM.

At the 2013 conference meet, Roush set the school record in the preliminaries of the 400 IM and finished third in the championship final. He also took fifth in the 200 IM and sixth in the 200 butterfly.
Roush was named to the SCAC Academic Honor Roll each of his first three seasons. The list of this year's honorees will be announced later this month.

Roush was one of five outstanding nominees considered by the SCAC Man of the Year Committee. The other candidates were:

  • Daniel Poole, track & field, Southwestern University
  • Nicholas Moreno, tennis, Trinity University
  • Bradley Snowden, football, Texas Lutheran University
  • Nathan Packard, football, Austin College 

The SCAC Man of the Year award recognizes senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.

Roush is the second consecutive Colorado College student-athlete to earn SCAC Man of the Year honors as Nick Lammers was the inaugural recipient of the award in 2013