May 30, 2012
IRVING, Texas – The Big 12 Conference released its 2012 Spring Commissioner's Honor Roll on Wednesday with a total of 202 Kansas State student-athletes making the list. The conference recognizes all student-athletes at its member institutions during each semester with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Of the 202 K-State student-athletes recognized for their academic excellence, 50 registered a GPA of 4.0 in the spring semester. K-State, which ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 in graduation rate for all student-athletes for four of the last five years, has placed 200 or more student-athletes on the honor roll for nine straight semesters.
Football and the rowing teams led all Wildcat athletic teams with 41 honorees apiece on the honor roll. Other total student-athletes on the honor roll include equestrian (28), women's track and field (25), baseball (15), men's track and field (14), volleyball (11), women’s basketball (7), women’s golf (6), men’s golf (6), women’s tennis (4) and men’s basketball (4).
The 50 Wildcats named to the list with a perfect 4.0 GPA include: Katie Arrow (rowing), Laura Baumgartner (rowing), Chelsie Bonds (women’s track & field), Thomas Brady (men’s track & field), Weatherly Butler (rowing), Korinn Card (rowing), Annelle Chestnut (women’s track & field), JuliAnne Chisholm (women’s basketball), Courtney Cook (volleyball), Sierra Cuda (rowing), Elizabeth DeMars (rowing), Allison Dorau (rowing), Ransom Gardiner (men’s track & field), Ethan Hammes (football), Madalynn Haney (rowing), Logan Haug (football), Lea Hauldren (rowing), Kate Hennessy (equestrian), Laura Hildebrandt (women’s golf), Melanie Hinzpeter (equestrian), Zach Kallman (baseball), Sarah Kolmer (women’s track & field), Ryann Krais (women’s track & field), Paige Lechtenberg (equestrian), Jacqueline Leffler (women’s track & field), Jared Loomis (football), Kathleen Ludwig (volleyball), Sydney Messick (women’s track & field), Megan Murray (rowing), Petra Niedermayerova (women’s tennis), Tyler Norris (men’s golf), Anna Nusser (rowing), Brian Rohleder (men's basketball), Fernando Roman (men’s track & field), Erika Schiller (women’s track & field), Traci Smiley (rowing), Amina St. Hill (women’s tennis), Nicole Stuckey (rowing), Sarah Swenson (women’s track & field), Alayna Warner (equestrian), Abigail Weaver (rowing), Stanton Weber (football), Amanda Weishaar (rowing), Riley Williams (football), Hanna Wiltfong (rowing), Danielle Winters (women’s track & field), Carli Wischhoff (women’s tennis), Kevin Wissman (football), Daniel Wood (men’s golf), Julia Zeiner (women’s track & field).
Nationally known for its passionate fans, family atmosphere and academic success, K-State Athletics enjoyed enviable across-the-board athletic success in 2011-12 including a 10-3 record, a No. 8 final BCS ranking and No. 2 Big 12 finish in football, a NCAA Sweet 16 run by volleyball, NCAA appearances by men's and women's basketball, a Round of 16 appearance by in the women’s tennis national singles championships and numerous Big 12 individual titles in track and field. K-State also was the lone Big 12 school and one of just five in the nation this year to advance to a bowl game and win games in the NCAA volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball tournaments.
K-State saw 56 current or former student-athletes earn degrees in spring 2012 commencement ceremonies earlier this month. Highlighting the 56 graduates were 15 men’s and women’s track and field athletes, 13 members of the K-State football team, 11 rowers, six from the equestrian team, three members of the men’s and women’s golf teams, two each from men’s and women’s basketball and women’s tennis and also two from volleyball.
K-State has had another outstanding academic year in 2011-12. Former men’s basketball student-athlete Victor Ojeleye was named the male winner of the 2012 Arthur Ashe Jr., Sports Scholar Award, while Tysyn Hartman was a Campbell Trophy Finalist and NFF National Scholar Athlete in 2011. The Wildcats placed 92 student-athletes on their respective Academic All-Big 12 teams.