K-State Places 17 on Big 12 Academic All-Rookie Team

Levi MaVorhis was one of 17 K-State freshmen to earn Academic All-Rookie Team honors from the Big 12 on Thursday.

June 20, 2013

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State student-athletes continued to be recognized for their excellence in the classroom, as 17 Wildcats were named to the inaugural Big 12 Academic All-Rookie Team in an announcement by the conference office on Thursday afternoon.

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.

Of the 17 representatives for the Wildcats to earn the honor, five played for the 2013 Big 12 champion baseball team (Clayton Dalrymple, Levi MaVorhis, Blake McFadden, Jordan Witcig and Jake Wodtke), four came from the women’s cross country squad (Mary Frances Donnelly, Paige Kochuyt, Julia Nyiro and Sonja Schneider) and four members of the track and field team (Jasmine Gibbs, Michael Gagliano, Tia Gamble and James Parks). Also representing their teams were Bri Craig from the women’s basketball team, Meaghan Kuzmich of the rowing team and Ivana Kubickova of the women’s tennis team. Kubickova, Nyiro and Schneider earned the citation with 4.0 grade point averages.

K-State saw 56 current or former student-athletes earn degrees in spring 2013 commencement ceremonies last month. Highlighting the 56 graduates 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 baseball outfielder Jared King and junior women’s tennis player Petra Niedermayerova 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).

Kansas State Student-Athletes on the Academic All-Rookie Team
Name, Sport, Major, Hometown
Clayton Dalrymple, Baseball, Business Administration, Coppell, Texas
Levi MaVorhis, Baseball, Secondary Education, Freeland, Wash.
Blake McFadden, Baseball, Athletic Training, Savannah, Mo.
Jordan Witcig, Baseball, Open Option, Kansas City, Mo.
Jake Wodtke, Baseball, Life Sciences, Shawnee, Kan.
Bri Craig, Women’s Basketball, Family Studies & Human Services, Lincoln, Neb.
Mary Frances Donnelly, Cross Country, Nutrition & Kinesiology, Prairie Village, Kan.
Paige Kochuyt, Cross Country, Nutrition & Kinesiology, Overland Park, Kan.
Julia Nyiro*, Cross Country, Chemical Engineering, Parker, Colo.
Sonja Schneider*, Cross Country, Open Option, Oberdorf, Switzerland
Scotland Preston, Golf, Pre-Journalism & Mass Communications, Mountainside, N.J.
Meaghan Kuzmich, Rowing, Biology, Aurora, Colo.
Ivana Kubickova*, Women’s Tennis, Business Administration, Brno, Czech Republic
Jasmine Gibbs, Track & Field, Open Option, Oceanside, Calif.
Michael Gagliano, Track & Field, Kinesiology, Olathe, Kan.
Tia Gamble, Track & Field, Business Administration, Desoto, Texas
James Parks, Track & Field, Sociology & Criminology, Lincoln, Neb.