257 Wildcats Named to Spring Big 12 Honor Roll

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State student-athletes had a strong spring semester in the classroom, as a total of 257 K-State student-athletes were named to the Spring 2014 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in an announcement from the league office on Thursday. The conference recognizes all student-athletes at its member institutions during each semester with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

The 257 student-athletes earning the honor on Wednesday marked the second straight semester K-State has placed over 250 student-athletes on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. In the Fall 2013 honor roll, K-State saw 260 student-athletes earn the recognition, which marked a new high since John Currie took the reins of K-State Athletics in the summer of 2009. K-State has placed 200 or more student-athletes on the honor roll for 13 straight semesters.

Of the 257 K-State student-athletes earning the citation for their academic excellence, 57 registered a GPA of 4.0 in the spring semester which was an increase of 11 student-athletes from the Fall 2013 listing. K-State, which has ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 in graduation rate for all student-athletes four of the last six years, continues to rank among the league’s best in terms of academic success as it continues to set a national standard in terms of APR, as all programs are currently well above the required NCAA standard.

The football and rowing teams led all Wildcat athletic teams with 59 and 51 honorees on the Spring 2014 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, respectively. Other total student-athletes on the honor roll include: equestrian (34), women’s track (27), men’s track (22), baseball (18), volleyball (12), men’s golf (8), women’s tennis (7), men’s basketball (7), women’s basketball (6) and women’s golf (6). Nine of the 12 athletic program’s at K-State placed 50 percent or more of its rosters on the honor roll – volleyball, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s tennis, baseball, equestrian, men’s track and women’s track.

The 57 Wildcats named to the list with a perfect 4.0 GPA in the semester include: Brett Bachman (men’s track), Jeffrey Bachman (men’s track), Brogan Barry (football), Karsen Brown (equestrian), Jack Cantele (football), Alex Carney (men’s golf), Courtney Cook (volleyball), Courtney Cooke (rowing), Bri Craig (women’s basketball), Kynsey Creel (rowing), Elizabeth DeMars (rowing), Mary Frances Donnelly (women’s track), Allison Dorau (rowing), Emily Elliott (rowing), Courtney Faucett (rowing), Allison Franken (rowing), Tia Gamble (women’s track), Leslie Geist (rowing), Katherine Gravel-Coursol (women’s golf), Glenn Gronkowski (football), Nicholle Hatton (equestrian), Kersten Kober (volleyball), Jessica Kuhlman (rowing), Laura Lafnitzegger (equestrian), Brittany Long (rowing), Tegan Louw (women’s tennis), Lance Miles (baseball), Kale Mueller (men’s track), Megan Murray (rowing), Holly Nelson (rowing), Petra Niedermayerova (women’s tennis), Tyler Norris (men’s golf), Anna Nusser (rowing), Kara Omo (rowing), Olivia Paden (rowing), Haley Pitko (women’s track), Rhys Powell (men’s track), Scotland Preston (women’s golf), Rachel Proteau (women’s track), Rebekah Raetzel (rowing), Fernando Roman (men’s track), Erika Schiller (women’s track), Lindsey Schmeidler (rowing), Matt Seiwert (football), Grace Sewell (rowing), Jennifer Smisek (rowing), Marija Stambolic (women’s track), Kelly Thomson (women’s basketball), Libby Tudor (equestrian), Allison Tuxhorn (rowing), Erica Twiss (women’s track), Abigail Waters (rowing), Maggie Watson (equestrian), Abigail Weaver (rowing), Stanton Weber (football), Anne Willman (women’s golf) and Danielle Winters (women’s track).

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, while 260 were named to the Fall 2013 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, the most since 2008. K-State has also seen 101 student-athletes earn Academic All-Big 12 recognition this year.

Last week, Niedermayerova and Jared Moore were awarded the 2014 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships.