Freshmen Earn Eastern Scholar Athlete of the Month Honors

Whitney Leavitt from the track and field team and Flavio Malagutti from tennis honored for the month of May

A pair of student-athletes who just concluded their freshman years of eligibility at Eastern Washington University have been selected as EWU’s Scholar Athletes for the month of May.

Track and field standout Whitney Leavitt from Benton City, Wash., is the women’s recipient, and tennis player Flavio Malagutti from Rio Claro, Brazil, won the honor for the men. Leavitt had a 3.79 grade point average in her first two terms at Eastern and hasn’t yet declared a major. Malagutti has a 3.87 GPA and is majoring in international affairs and recreation management.

Leavitt was a member of the Big Sky All-Academic team during the indoor season, and has already made her mark in the EWU record book. She placed fifth in both the 55 meters and 200 meters at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships, and already ranks second in school history in the 200 with a time of 24.88 (the record is 23.82). She is also eighth in both the 55 (7.15) and 60 meters (7.80).

Outdoors, her time of 11.96 in the 100 and 24.68 in the 200 both rank second all-time at EWU. Leavitt finished seventh in the 100 meters (12.24) and seventh in the 200 meters (25.35) at the 2010 Big Sky Outdoor Championships, and ran a leg on EWU’s winning 4x100 relay team. The 4x100 relay team finished with a time of 45.31 to break the previous school record of 45.93 set in 1994.

Malagutti completed his first year at EWU with a 9-9 overall record in singles play, which included victories over conference opponents from Portland State, Northern Colorado, Idaho State and Weber State. He also won two matches while playing at the No. 3 doubles position against Montana and Whitworth.

This summer, Malagutti will have the privilege of working at The Tennis Academy at Harvard in Boston, Mass. He will be satisfying an internship credit through his work at The Tennis Academy


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