Originally published March 13, 2012

Two athletes at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) have helped the university gain the first ever, back-to-back national honor of having Academic All-Americans in the same sport.

Carol Cayo was named the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year for Division III women’s basketball (the only one in the country). Cayo, from Lake Mills, Wis., is a senior majoring in industrial engineering. Last year, Austin Meier, from Oshkosh, Wis., received the same honor for men’s basketball. Meier will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering and a master’s degree in structural engineering.

This is the first time in the history of this prestigious award, which has been granted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) since 1952, that one university or college has received the honor two years in a row for the same sport.

Cayo was also named Player of the Year for the Northern Athletics Conference. Meier received the same honor last year – making this another back-to-back win for MSOE!

MSOE has had a very strong academic reputation throughout its 109 year history, but the basketball program hasn’t been as strong. This begs the question of why these standout athletes, who could have chosen to play basketball at nearly any university, chose to attend MSOE and play Division III basketball.

“MSOE had the best balance of everything that I was looking for in college. First, there were a limited number of colleges that offered my specific major, in addition to being a place where I could make a significant contribution to the basketball team,” said Meier. “Given the fact MSOE is located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, it allowed for small classes with a big city atmosphere. Overall, it had the best of what I was looking for in all my ‘college categories.’”

“When looking at colleges I was definitely more concerned with finding a strong academic school rather than just a place where I could play sports. Luckily, MSOE offered both,” said Cayo. “I was really impressed with the extensive lab experiences for students, the high placement rates and starting salaries, and small class sizes. MSOE’s Kern Center, an amazing athletic facility, also helped finalize my decision.”

Both athletes are involved in activities off the court and outside of the classroom. Meier is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society. Cayo is secretary of Tau Beta Pi, a member of the Institute for Industrial Engineers, and a recipient of the prestigious MSOE Presidential Scholarship.

Meier and Cayo both have jobs lined up for after graduation this spring. Meier will move to Lenexa, Kan., to work as a structural engineer for Kiewit Power Engineers. Cayo will join Epic in Verona, Wis. as an implementation consultant/project manager.