GVSU's Gianni Ferrero And Ethan Barnes (Track) Earn GLIAC Commissioner's Award

GVSU's Gianni Ferrero And Ethan Barnes (Track) Earn GLIAC Commissioner's Award

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Tim Nott - Associate AD for Media Relations

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) announced the recipients of the Winter 2015-16 GLIAC Commissioner's Awards and Grand Valley State student-athletes Ethan Barnes (track) and Gianni Ferrero (swimming) have been honored. The awards are presented after the Fall, Winter, and Spring athletic seasons to six female and six male student-athletes that excel both in the classroom and on the fields of play. All grade-point averages are based on a 4.0 scale.

Barnes (Caledonia, Mich.), who earned his second GLIAC Commissioner's award, performed above and beyond for Grand Valley State track & field as he helped lead the men's team during the indoor season to a fifth-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championships. Barnes was twice named a USTFCCCA All-American for finishing third in the 800 meter (1:49.09) and eighth as a member of the Distance Medley Relay (9:52.23), giving him five All-America finishes for his career during the indoor season. Barnes was also a three-time All-GLIAC First Team recipient for placing first in the 800 meter (1:54.98), Mile, (4:18.73) and Distance Medley Relay (10:01.31), giving him eight total All-GLIAC honors during his time as a Laker during the indoor season. The junior was also named a USTFCCCA All-Midwest honoree for 2015-16, giving him two for his indoor career. Ethan Barnes currently holds a 3.91 GPA with a major in Integrated Sciences.

Ferrero (Idstein, Germany) captured the 2016 NCAA Division II National Champion in the 100 butterfly in a school-record time of 45.56. In addition, Ferrero earned six all-america honors at 2016 NCAA Championships and scored 68.5 points in four individual events. He finished second in the 200 IM and 200 butterfly in school-record times of 1:45.53 and 1:45.07, while placing fourth in the 200 backstroke. The 2016 GLIAC Swimming of the Year, Ferrero won four individual events at 2016 GLIAC Championships and guided GVSU to the 2016 GLIAC Swimming & Diving Championship. Ferrero was a four-time GLIAC Academic All-Excellence team honoree and a four-time CSCAA Academic honoree. Ferrero concluded his career as a 17-time NCAA DII Swimming & Diving All-American. Ferrero maintains a 3.79 GPA in business administration.