OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona had 29 student-athletes earn 2011 Spring All-Academic honors from the Big Sky, the conference announced Friday. Additionally, the NAU women's swimming and diving team earned 16 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) All-Academic selections. Spring sports eligible for Big Sky academic honors are women's golf, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's outdoor track and field.
The Lumberjack student-athletes totaled 100 Big Sky All-Academic selections and 116 total selections during the 2010-11 academic year.
"Having over 100 student-athletes represent NAU as All-Academic selections during the 2010-2011 academic year is an incredible accomplishment," said Assistant Athletic Director for Academics Pam Lowie. "The student-athletes here at NAU are dedicated to achieving greatness both on and off the playing field, and their commitment to their studies is evident in our overall department GPA of 3.05. Our coaches are instrumental in ensuring the academic success of the student-athletes, and I am proud to be a part of the Lumberjack family."
To be eligible for Big Sky academic honors, a student-athlete must have met and/or exceeded the following minimum requirements: (1)Participated in at least half of the team's competitions; (2)Achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at the conclusion of the most recently completed term; (3)Completed at least one academic term at his/her current Big Sky institution. The WAC All-Academic selection process follows similar requirements, though the minimum GPA for its academic honors is 3.00 and student-athletes must have completed one academic year.
The women's swimming and diving team led all NAU squads with its 16 selections during the 2010-11 academic year. The men's outdoor track and field team led the way with 14 Big Sky selections, including the male 2010-11 Northern Arizona Golden Eagle Scholar Athlete of the Year, senior thrower Andres Rossini. The NAU women's outdoor track and field team added nine selections, the women's golf team had four honorees, and the men's and women's tennis teams each had one athlete receive the accolade.
The 45 spring selections along with 40 honorees in the fall and 31 selections during the winter combined to give NAU a total of 116 conference academic honors during the 2010-11 season. The spring representatives are listed below.
Northern Arizona Spring 2011 Big Sky All-Academic Selections
Dakin Whitmer, Sr., Parks & Recreation
Jessie Joachim, Fr., Engineering
Stephanie Kim, So., Advertising/Public Relations
Bethany Leclair, Sr., Elementary Education
Ben Lantz, Jr., Geography/Mathematics
Nicole Perez, So., Exercise Science
Men's Outdoor Track and Field
Ben Ashkettle, Sr., Finance
Miles Di Sabella, So., Biomedical Science
Tim Freriks, So., Biology
Andre Gaines, Fr., Computer Information Systems
Bahlbi Gebreyohanns, Fr., Economics
Josh Heck, Sr., Criminal Justice
Kam Holbrook, Sr., Finance/Marketing
Sam Hutchison, Fr., Exercise Science
Jacob Nicol, Sr., Biology
Jason Pedersen, Sr., Mechanical Engineering
Will Porter, Sr., Electrical Engineering
Andres Rossini, Sr., Construction Management
Pascal Tang, Jr., Marketing/Finance/Management
John Yatsko, Jr., Civil Engineering
Women's Outdoor Track and Field
Kortnee Burton, Jr., Marketing
Jessica Bush, Fr., Exercise Science
Carissa Gwerder, Fr., Spanish/International Affairs
Danielle Hunt, Sr., Sustainable Communities
Haley Lawrence, Jr., Health Sciences
Lisette Michaels, Jr., Dental Hygiene
Jami Michaud, Sr., Dental Hygiene
Sarah Raber, Fr., Undecided
Jackie Shea, Sr., Exercise Science
Northern Arizona 2011 WAC All-Academic Selections
Swimming and Diving
Cassandra Anderson, Jr.
Kristy Ardavanis, So.
Jordan Burnes, Fr.
Lanette Christensen, Sr.
Fiona Connell, So.
Meredith Egloria, Sr.
Claire Ferro, Sr.
Ashani Gottlieb, Fr.
Taryn Harris, Sr.
Kristin Jones, Jr.
Emma Lowther, Fr.
Krista Maier, Jr.
Rachel Palmer, Fr.
Katherine Schafer, Sr.
Stirling Smith, Fr.
Monica Veit, Sr.