June 4, 2013
IRVING, Texas – Kansas State’s successful 2012-13 season on the field has also had its effects in the classroom, as a total of 236 K-State student-athletes were named to the Spring 2013 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. The conference recognizes all student-athletes at its member institutions during each semester with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
The 236 student-athletes earning the recognition on Tuesday marked a new high since John Currie took the reins of K-State Athletics in the summer of 2009 and are the most since the Spring 2008 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll included 237 Wildcats. K-State saw an improvement of 16 student-athletes from the Fall 2012 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, as 220 Wildcats received recognition in early January.
Of the 236 K-State student-athletes earning the citation for their academic excellence, 48 registered a GPA of 4.0 in the spring semester which was 17 student-athletes more than the fall semester (31). K-State, which has ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 in graduation rate for all student-athletes four of the last six years, has placed 200 or more student-athletes on the honor roll for 11 straight semesters.
The rowing and football teams led all Wildcat athletic teams with 44 and 43 honorees, respectively, on the honor roll. Other total student-athletes on the honor roll include: equestrian (31), women’s track (29), baseball (22), men’s track (17), volleyball (12), men’s basketball (11), women’s basketball (9), men’s and women’s golf (7) and women’s tennis (4).
The 48 Wildcats named to the list with a perfect 4.0 GPA in the semester include: Katie Arrow (rowing), Laura Baumgartner (rowing), Katie Brand (volleyball), Karsen Brown (equestrian), Chantay Caron (women’s basketball), Avery Clifton (women’s track), Courtney Cook (volleyball), Kinsey Creel (rowing), Elizabeth DeMars (rowing), Allison Dorau (rowing), Ransom Gardiner (men’s track), Dallas Gardner (volleyball), Danielle Glynn (rowing), Glenn Gronkowski (football), Ethan Hammes (football), Logan Haug (football), Hayley Harvey (rowing), David Klaudt (men’s golf), Paige Kochuyt (women’s track), Sarah Kolmer (women’s track), Ivana Kubickova (women’s tennis), Jessica Kuhlman (rowing), Brittany Long (rowing), Jared Loomis (football), Jared Moore (baseball), Mariah Moxley (equestrian), Megan Murray (rowing), Zachary Nemechek (football), Petra Niedermayerova (women’s tennis), Julia Nyiro (women’s track), Kara Omo (rowing), Ian Patterson (football), Lilla Porubek (volleyball), Scotland Preston (women’s golf), Rebecca Renteria (rowing), Karen Riley (equestrian), Fernando Roman (men’s track), Sara Savatovic (women’s track), Erika Schiller (women’s track), Sonja Schneider (women’s track), Collin Sexton (football), Jennifer Smisek (rowing), Kendra Spresser (women’s basketball), Kelly Thomson (women’s basketball), Kyle Wait (men’s track), Abigail Weaver (rowing), Stanton Weber (football), Daniel Wood (men’s golf)
K-State saw 56 current or former student-athletes earn degrees in spring 2013 commencement ceremonies last month. Highlighting the 56 graduates on the weekend were 14 members of the K-State football team , 12 men’s and women’s track and field athletes, six members of the men’s and women’s golf teams, five each from the rowing, equestrian and baseball teams, four from men’s basketball, two each from volleyball and women’s basketball and one women’s tennis player.
In addition, a total of 95 Wildcat student-athletes earned Academic All-Big 12 recognition in all sports during the 2012-13 athletic season, while senior women’s basketball player Brittany Chambers, junior outfielder Jared King and Niedermayerova from women’s tennis all earned the inaugural Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year award in their respective sports.
K-State is just the second Big 12 school and fourth BCS program since the BCS era began in 1998 to win league championships in football, men’s basketball and baseball in the same academic year, joining Stanford (1999-2000), Texas (2005-06) and Louisville (2012-13).