Adam Putterman and Gary Parizher Named to Capital One Academic All-America Team
St. Louis, Mo., June 4, 2013 – Washington University in St. Louis men’s tennis seniors Adam Putterman and Gary Parizher were named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Division III At-Large Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Putterman earned first-team accolades after picking up second-team honors a year ago, and is the third men’s tennis student-athlete to earn multiple Academic All-America awards. Parizher, a second-team selection, is the fifth men’s tennis student-athlete to earn Academic All-America honors joining Michael Doyle (1998, 1999, 2000), Zack Fayne (2006), Putterman (2012, 2013) and Isaac Stein (2009, 2010, 2011).
“Adam and Gary were dedicated to the Washington University men’s tennis program from day one on and off the court. They were both four-year starters, and to see them grow up is gratifying,” said head coach Roger Follmer, who has mentored seven Academic All-America honorees in 12 seasons on the Danforth Campus. “They both made sacrifices on and off the court, but tennis was a big part of their character.”
Putterman captured the 2013 NCAA Division III Singles National Championship with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Mark Kahan of Amherst College May 25 in Kalamazoo, Mich. He posted a 53-18 overall record as a senior, including a 31-7 mark while playing No. 1 singles for the Bears. The 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Senior Player of the Year and University Athletic Association (UAA) Most Valuable Player, Putterman concluded his four-year career with a 164-70 overall record. The 164 wins are the sixth most in school history.
Putterman also earned All-America honors in doubles for the second-straight year with sophomore Ross Putterman after advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Bears’ No. 1 doubles team, the Puttermans were 20-9 this season and earned first-team all-UAA honors.
A two-time first-team Capital One Academic All-District and three-time Academic All-UAA honoree, Putterman had a 3.75 grade point average while majoring in economics and strategy, and organizational behavior. He accepted a job with Deloitte Consulting in Chicago, Ill.
Parizher, a first-team all-UAA honoree at No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles with junior Jeffrey Hirsh, compiled a 39-11 overall record as a senior. He was 21-5 in singles, and had a 15-match winning streak entering the NCAA Semifinals. Parizher and Hirsh had a 17-6 overall mark, including a 12-3 mark at No. 3 doubles. Parizher concludes his four-year career ranked ninth on school history with 128 victories.
A two-time Capital One First-Team Academic All-District and a three-time Academic All-UAA honoree, Parizher had a 3.87 GPA while majoring in biology. He will begin medical school at Case Western Reserve University in the fall.
In order to be selected to an Academic All-America team, a student-athlete must demonstrate success on the playing field and in the classroom, with academic and athletic achievements taken into consideration. The student-athlete must possess a minimum 3.30 GPA and be at least a sophomore in academic standing.
Washington University finished the 2013 season with a 20-7 overall record, and advanced to the Final Four for the sixth-straight season. The Bears also captured their second UAA Championship in school history with a 5-4 win over No. 3 ranked Emory University April 28 in Altamonte Springs, Fla.