Fuchs earns top academic honors for Whitman

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WALLA WALLA - Whitman College tennis player Christoph Fuchs has earned Academic All-America first-team honors to cap his college career.

Fuchs, a four-year mainstay in the Whitman tennis lineup, graduated magna cum laude in late May with honors in biology.

Fuchs will begin medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, which is part of the Texas Medical Center, the largest such center in the world. He begins later this summer.

The Academic All-America first, second and third teams, sponsored by ESPN The Magazine, are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Fuchs, who was part of three Northwest Conference (NWC) title teams at Whitman, is one of 17 student-athletes voted to the men's At-Large Team in the College Division.

In four years at Whitman, Fuchs was part of a men's tennis squad that posted an overall win-loss record of 90-27, which included a 64-0 regular season mark against NWC teams. Whitman advanced to the NCAA Division III national championship tournament in each of those four seasons.

Fuchs won more than 100 career matches.

"I want to say how thankful I am to my coach (Jeff Northam), teammates, Whitman athletics, and the Whitman faculty for a wonderful four years on the court and in the classroom," Fuchs said Monday. "I also want to say a special thank-you to my parents who sacrificed so much to help me achieve my goals."

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