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K-State Places 28 on Academic All-Rookie Team


June 19, 2014

K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State student-athletes continued to receive honors and accolades for their hard work in the classroom, as 28 Wildcats were named to the Big 12 Academic All-Rookie Team in an announcement by the conference office on Thursday afternoon.

The 28 K-State honorees is an improvement of 11 from the inaugural listing at the end of the 2012-13 academic year when the Wildcats received 17 citations.

Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services, student-athletes on the 2012-13 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team must be new, first-time/incoming freshmen that have completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial coursework and achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. Additionally, the student-athlete must have participated in at least one of their team’s scheduled contests and must have been a member of their respective team for their sport’s entire NCAA Championship segment.

The Wildcats were tied with Oklahoma State for the most honorees on the list with 4.0 grade point averages, with a league-high six. The six recipients with 4.0 GPAs were: Leslie Geist (rowing), Katherine Gravel-Coursol (women’s golf), Kersten Kober (volleyball), Rachel Proteau (women’s track & field), Rebekah Raetzel (rowing) and Anne Willman (women’s golf).

The remaining honorees for the Wildcats on the 2014 Big 12 Academic All-Rookie Team are: Henley Adkins (equestrian), Iva Bago (women’s tennis), Regan Bartels (rowing), Marissa Butrum (rowing), Livia Cirnu (women’s tennis), Tanner DeVinny (baseball), Hannah Gwartney (rowing), Palma Juhasz (women’s tennis), Kelsey Karanges (equestrian), Connor Knabe (women’s golf), Ethan Landon (baseball), Breanna Lewis (women’s basketball), Alyssa Lombardi (equestrian), Christina Martinelli (equestrian), Maria Panaite (women’s tennis), Madison Petersen (rowing), Rebekah Raetzel (rowing), Emily Schmitz (rowing), Emily Stec (rowing), Madison Tuxhorn (rowing), Natasha VanGundy (rowing), Kindred Wesemann (women’s basketball) and Braxton Wilks (baseball).

K-State had another outstanding academic year in 2013-14. The Wildcats saw 78 student-athletes graduate in the 2013-14 academic year, while a total of eight student-athletes were Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award winners, which were the second most among all Big 12 schools.

K-State also placed 517 student-athletes on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Rolls, including 260 honorees on the Fall 2013 listing which were the most since 2008. K-State has also seen 101 student-athletes earn Academic All-Big 12 recognition this year.


Kansas State Student-Athletes on the Academic All-Rookie Team
Name, Sport, Major, Hometown
Tanner DeVinny, Baseball, Business Administration, Lucas, Texas
Ethan Landon, Baseball, Business Administration, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Braxton Wilks, Baseball, Business Administration, Sugar Land, Texas
Breanna Lewis, Basketball, Kinesiology, Milwaukee, Wis.
Kindred Wesemann, Basketball, Elementary Education, Pleasant Hill, Mo.
Henley Adkins, Equestrian, Animal Sciences & Industry, Moorpark, Calif.
Kelsey Karanges, Equestrian, Biology, Fort Worth, Texas
Alyssa Lombardi, Equestrian, Psychology, Frankfort, Ill.
Christina Martinelli, Equestrian, Animal Sciences & Industry, Oxford, Conn.
Katherine Gravel-Coursol, Golf, Mass Communications, Mirabel, Quebec*
Connor Knabe, Golf, Business Administration, Leawood, Kan.
Anne Willman, Golf, Business Administration, Prairie Village, Kan.*
Regan Bartels, Rowing, Microbiology, Phillipsburg, Kan.
Marissa Butrum, Rowing, Open Option, Blue Springs, Mo.
Leslie Geist, Rowing, Business, Bel Aire, Kan.*
Hannah Gwartney, Rowing, Environmental Design, Alexandria, Va.
Madison Petersen, Rowing, Biology, Olathe, Kan.
Rebekah Raetzel, Rowing, Pre-Vet/Agriculture, Clearwater, Kan.*
Emily Schmitz, Rowing, Food Science, Centralia, Kan.
Emily Stec, Rowing, Open Option, Atchison, Kan.
Madison Tuxhorn, Rowing, Kinesiology, Inman, Kan.
Natasha VanGundy, Rowing, Animal Science, Americus, Kan.
Iva Bago, Tennis, Psychology, Velika Gorica, Croatia
Livia Cirnu, Tennis, Geography, Constanta, Romania
Palma Juhasz, Tennis, Business Administration, Debrecen, Hungary
Maria Panaite, Tennis, Open Option, Pitesti, Romania
Rachel Proteau, Track & Field, Biochemistry, Albany, Ore.*
Kersten Kober, Volleyball, Business, Southlake, Texas*

*- denotes 4.0 grade point average