245 Wildcats Named to Spring Honor Roll

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State student-athletes had a strong spring semester in the classroom, as a total of 245 K-State student-athletes were named to the Spring 2015 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in an announcement from the league office today. The conference recognizes all student-athletes at its member institutions during each semester with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

The 245 student-athletes to earn the honor marked the 15th straight semester K-State has placed 200 or more student-athletes on the honor roll. In the Fall 2014 honor roll, K-State saw 269 student-athletes earn the recognition, which was the highest since John Currie took the reins of K-State Athletics in the summer of 2009.

Of the 245 K-State student-athletes earning the citation for their academic excellence, 57 registered a GPA of 4.0 in the spring semester. K-State ranks 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 rowing and football teams led all Wildcat athletic teams with 53 and 48 honorees on the Spring 2015 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 (24), volleyball (12), baseball (12), women's basketball (11), women's tennis (8), men's basketball (7), women's golf (5) and men's golf (4). Nine of the 12 athletic program's at K-State placed 50 percent or more of its spring rosters on the honor roll -- women's basketball, volleyball, rowing, men's golf, women's golf, women's tennis, equestrian, men's track and women's track.

The 57 Wildcats named to the list with a perfect 4.0 GPA in the semester were: Ashley Anderson (equestrian), Brett Bachman (men's track), Jeff Bachman (men's track), Iva Bago (women's tennis), Joslyn Barnes (women's track), Mattie Batchelder (volleyball), Thomas Brady (men's track), Karsen Brown (equestrian), Marissa Butrum (rowing), Sara Castellano (women's tennis), Kirsten Chamberland (equestrian), Livia Cirnu (women's tennis), Laura Clement (rowing), Elizabeth Demars (rowing), Taylor DeWeese (rowing), Courtney Faucett (rowing), Tina Frost (equestrian), Katherine Gravel-Coursol (women's golf), Glenn Gronkowski (football), Chandler Hopper (equestrian), Clayton Jackson (football), Kevin Jantsch (men's track), Paige Kemper (equestrian), Kersten Kober (volleyball), Jessica Kuhlman (rowing), Brittany Long (rowing), Gina Madonia (volleyball), Shaelyn Martin (women's basketball), Lucas Moeder (men's track), Megan Murray, Kara Omo (rowing), Samuel Oxandale (men's track), Scotland Preston (women's golf), Rachel Proteau (women's track), Rebekah Raetzel (rowing), Katie Ramsey (equestrian), Zach Reuter (football), Brian Rohleder (men's basketball), Mary Catherine Ross (rowing), Erika Schiller (women's track), Taylor Schmidt (equestrian), Emily Schneider (equestrian), Matt Seiwert (football), Collin Sexton (football), Jennifer Smisek (rowing), Katie Sorensen (rowing), Kelly Thomson (women's basketball), Arian Thompson (rowing), Libby Tudor (equestrian), Megan Vanderpool (women's track), Natasha VanGundy (rowing), Stanton Weber (football), Morgan Wedekind (women's track), Dillon Wilson (football), Courtney Winkley (rowing), Danielle Winters (women's track) and Byran Zack (men's track).

K-State had another outstanding academic year in 2014-15. The Wildcats saw 82 student-athletes graduate in the 2014-15 academic year. Also, a total of 125 student-athletes earned Academic All-Big 12 recognition this year, while a total of five student-athletes were Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award winners, which were the second most among all Big 12 schools.