Both student-athletes were chosen for their performances during the time period of Thur., Nov. 7 to Wed., Nov. 13

University of Minnesota Crookston western equestrian rider Mitzi Marlin (Sr., Nowthen, Minn./Agricultural Business) was selected as the UMC Teambackers Female Student-Athlete of the Week while football player Matt Borowicz (Jr., Stephen, Minn./Health Science) was chosen as the UMC Teambackers Male Student-Athlete of the Week. Marlin was chosen after winning High Point Rider honors for the second time this season after a strong showing at the North Dakota State University shows last weekend. Borowicz is the first person chosen based on his performance in the classroom. The junior was named Capital One Academic All-District for Super Region 3 after maintaing a 3.92 grade point average (GPA) in health science).

Both student-athletes were chosen for their performances during the time period of Thur., Nov. 7 to Wed., Nov. 13

This is the second time Marlin has earned the weekly award as she is one of two equestrian riders to earn the honor so far this season. Borowicz is the eighth football player to receive the recognition and is the fifth football player in a row to win the award.

Marlin earned High Point Rider honors during Saturday’s show at NDSU after winning a large Open Reining class and placing second in her Open Horsemanship class. In Sunday’s show, Marlin placed fourth in Open Reining and brought home a second-place finish in Open Horsemanship and helped lead the Golden Eagles to a High Point Team Title during Sunday’s show. Marlin also earned High Point Rider earlier this season at the University of Minnesota show. The Golden Eagle western equestrian team is off to a very strong start on the 2013-14 season.

Borowicz is a starting tackle on the Golden Eagle offensive line. Borowicz was a 2012 and will be a 2013 NSIC Fall All-Academic pick and has made the Dean’s List each of the last three semesters. On the field, Borowicz made the full-time conversion to offensive line this season after playing both tight end and offensive line last season. Borowicz has started six of nine games for the Golden Eagles in 2013. He has helped pave the way for 788 rushing yards on the 2013 season, in addition to 1,327 passing yards. Borowicz is now eligible for Capital One Academic All-America honors, which will be announced Dec. 4. He is one of 26 players in the region selected Academic All-District.

The UMC Teambackers Student-Athlete of the Week award was created to honor Golden Eagle student-athletes for performance on or off the field of play. Every week, at least one male and one female student-athlete will be chosen as the award winner. Award winners will normally be announced on Wednesday with exceptions being made based on time of events or other unique circumstances.