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Jason Garder named a 2011 NSCA Strength and Conditioning athlete of the year

Congratulations to GOAL alumnus Jason Garder, who finished his college career with South Dakota State University and was named an athlete of the year for 2011 by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).  Jason received a degree in civil engineering  from SDSU, and is currently in the Graduate Program for Civil and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University.

Below is the write-up accompanying Jason's listing:

South Dakota State University
Jason Garder
Sport: Swimming
Position: Freestyle/Butterfly
Height: 6’ 4” Weight: 220
Vertical Jump: 33 Pro-Agility Run: Forty Yard Dash: Bench Press
Poundage: 240 Squat Poundage: 320
Jason has an unmatched work ethic, which has made him an absolute pleasure to coach.
His understanding of how his time with the strength and conditioning department
contributes to his performance in the pool has helped him become not only a successful
swimmer, but a phenomenal teammate and leader. This has been exemplifi ed in his
selection as a team captain for the 2010-2011 season. Jason always brings a positive
attitude and a gritty determination to every workout, with every intention of becoming
a better athlete. This attitude has been a cornerstone in Jason’s successful athletic career
at South Dakota State. He has been a member of eight meet-winning relay teams,
including the SDSU school record holding 200-meter medley relay in 2010, as well as the
200-meter freestyle relay at the 2010 Summit League Championships. As an individual,
he has also placed himself on SDSU’s All-Time Top 10 list for the 50-meter freestyle and
200-meter butterfl y events. In addition to his performance in the swimming pool, Jason
also holds the SDSU Swimming & Diving record for vertical jump, at 33 inches. He has
also received the Iron Jack honor, which is awarded to SDSU student-athletes who meet
exclusive performance measurements set for their respective sports by the strength and
conditioning department. Jason’s commitment to success carries over into all other
avenues of his life. In the classroom, he has compiled a 3.33 GPA while pursuing a degree
in Civil Engineering. He is also an active participant in the Student-Athlete Advisory
Committee on the SDSU campus. Overall, Jason’s determination to always perform to
the best of his ability has solidifi ed his good character and will certainly allow him to be
successful in any path of life he chooses. - Christopher Sheckler, Sr, CSCS