Meisenberg Honored as Top Female Athlete

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LANCASTER, Pa. – Sarah Meisenberg and Justin Herbert received that highest honor Franklin & Marshall bestows on their athletes, the Karvasales and Garrigues awards. The Karvasales Women’s Scholar-Athlete Award is given to the top athlete from F&M’s 14 female sports teams. The Garrigues Outstanding Senior Athlete for Men Award is given to the top male athlete. Criteria involves performance as an athlete and in the classroom. Voting is conducted by all head coaches in the athletic department.

These awards could not have been given to more deserving athletes. Both dominated their respective sports, both perform well in the classroom, and more importantly, both are the most humble people a person could meet.

Sarah Meisenberg (Severna Park, MD/Severn School) does not only play two sports, she dominates in both. She has made her mark on both the basketball and lacrosse record books. Meisenberg is a four-time All-American in basketball and a seven-time All-American in lacrosse. She has been named to the All-Centennial First Team three times in both sports. She was the 2007-2008 Basketball CC Player of the Year.

Meisenberg was a two-year captain in basketball, starting in every game from her sophomore to senior year. She currently ranks first in career free throws (430), first in career assists (367), third in career steals (235) and fifth in career points (1529). Meisenberg has started in more games than any Diplomat with 101 starts.

She served as captain on the lacrosse team as well.  Meisenberg has registered a point in every game she played in except one this season. She became the fifth member of F&M’s 100 assists club and has tallied 133 career goals. Meisenberg currently ranks tenth on the school’s career point list with 233 and second in career draw controls (193). She is the career leader in caused turnovers (112) and in ground balls (215).

Justin Herbert (New Milford, PA/Blue Ridge) served as captain of the wrestling team for the third consecutive season. He finished the season with a 23-13 record and was one of 52 wrestlers selected for an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament. He was F&M’s first NCAA Qualifier in 11 years.

Herbert wrapped his career with a record of 82-39. He also finished with a school record of 35 pins, a record that stood for 75 years. He ranks fifth on the F&M career wins list, one victory ahead of Mike Parziale ’06 and one behind Hall of Famer, Vic Bernardino ’94. He was a two-time National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Scholar All-American, and is a candidate for the honor again this year.

He also has accumulated a few academic honors. Herbert won the Structural Geology prize in 2008, the Geology Prize in 2009. He has been accepted to post doctoral programs at five prestigious universities on the east coast.

Chelsea Meerbach (York, PA/York) received the SACC Sportsmanship Award. The Sportsmanship is awarded to an athlete who demonstrates the most sportsman like behavior as selected by his or her peers. Alex Raup (State College, PA/State College) and Mollie Ruben (Jamestown, RI/Hingham (MA)) were honored with the Delphic Award. The Delphic Award is given to the male and female senior athletes who have complete their fall semester with the highest cumulative Grade Point Average.