Scholar-Athlete Spotlight: South Dakota

South Dakota's Greysen Hertting, Brant Haase and Lauren Bennett
South Dakota's Greysen Hertting, Brant Haase and Lauren Bennett

Each month, The Summit League will feature outstanding student-athlete performances from a selected institution as recognized by its Faculty Athletic Representative. The March installment of The Summit League Scholar-Athlete Spotlight features three student-athletes from South Dakota.

Greysen Hertting, Women’s Swimming & Diving
Eligibility Year/Hometown: So./Appleton, Wis.
Major: Nursing
GPA:  3.93

Greysen Hertting has been The Summit League’s top diver in each of her first two seasons as a student-athlete at South Dakota. She recently defended her 1- and 3-meter diving titles at The Summit League Championship Meet held in Indianapolis, and was named Diving Championship MVP for the second year in a row. She will compete at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships in Iowa City, Iowa, March 9-11. Hertting has had immediate success in the classroom as well. She’s maintained a 3.93 grade point average while striving to enter the nursing program at USD.

Brant Haase, Men’s Track & Field
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Sr./Lemmon, S.D.
Major: Health Science
GPA: 4.00

Brant Haase is an accomplished three-sport athlete who continues to turn in perfect performances in and out of the classroom. He is a two-time, first-team all-Summit League honoree in cross country for earning seventh- and fourth-place finishes at the last two championship meets. He won the 10,000-meter crown at last year’s Summit League Outdoor Championships and was runner-up in the 5,000 while leading the Coyotes to their first title. He’s also led South Dakota to back-to-back indoor titles, contributing five top-five finishes at the past two indoor championship meets.

Lauren Bennett, Women’s Soccer
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Sr./Walton, Ky.
Major: Spanish & International Studies
GPA:  3.54

Lauren Bennett has been one of South Dakota’s top defenders on the pitch in each of the last four seasons. Bennett never missed a game during her collegiate career and earned 60 starts including every game this past season. She led the Coyotes to eight shutouts and nine wins this past fall. She scored three goals and assisted on nine others throughout her collegiate career. Off the pitch, Bennett has served on SAAC since stepping foot on campus in 2011 and is serving as co-president of South Dakota’s chapter this year. Her team has twice won the Coyote Cup at USD, which rewards and recognizes a team’s community service.

Information written and compiled by the University of South Dakota.