K-State Places Seven on NCEA All-Academic Team

Alayna Warner

April 10, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – In an announcement by the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) on Tuesday, K-State saw seven student-athletes garner Academic All-American honors by the organization. The seven student- athletes will be recognized at the 2012 NCEA National Championships this weekend in Waco, Texas.

Senior Alayna Warner, junior Larissa Laffey and sophomores Jacquelyn Bogstad, Jordan Cox, Chayna DeNicolo, Rachel Webster, and Rachel Wetherell will be honored for the efforts in the classroom as well as the arena during Opening Ceremonies at the Extraco Events Center on Wednesday evening.

“With this being the first year that the NCEA has recognized Academic All-Americans, having seven girls on the team this year is a big accomplishment for our team,” said K-State head coach Casie Lisabeth. “Obviously, they are students before they are athletes, so we really push them in the classroom. I am glad that they are going to get rewarded here at the National Championships.”

An animal science major from Lebanon, Kan., Warner currently holds a 3.47 GPA in the classroom and four wins in the Western arena. Warner has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll after each semester for the past three years.

Laffey has been one of the squad’s most successful student-athletes this season as she has carded two match-MVP awards and a team-high-tying ten wins on the year, while maintaining a 3.51 GPA as a chemical engineering major.

Along with this honor, Laffey was named to the 2012 Academic All-Big 12 first team as well as the 2012 All-Big 12 team, where she was a unanimous selection in Equitation on the Flat. A third-year rider from Byfield, Mass., Laffey also garnered honorable mention All-American honors from the NCEA for her performance in Equitation on the Flat. Laffey has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the past two years.

Bogstad, who is an animal science major from Woodland Hills, Calif., has earned a 3.48 GPA for the 2011-12 year. Last year, Bogstad was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the fall and spring seasons.

Also an animal science major, Cox has stood out for the Wildcat Western squad in the classroom and in the show arena. A product of Trenton, N.C., Cox is carrying a 3.20 GPA to go along with seven wins and one match-MVP award for the Wildcat Reining team.

A native of St. Charles, Ill., DeNicolo, who was also named to the 2012 Academic All-Big 12 first team, has picked up three victories during the 2011-12 regular season to go along with a 3.4 GPA as a psychology major, DeNicolo earned a spot on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in her first season at K-State.

A kinesiology major, Webster has notched six wins and two match-MVP awards during the 2011-12 season. The Mechanicsville, Va., native currently holds a 3.44 GPA. She was also named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the fall and spring semesters last year as a freshman.

Wetherell has had one of the most successful spring seasons for the Wildcats as she has notched one match-MVP award and five wins, including back-to-back victories at the 2012 Big 12 Championship. In the classroom, Wetherell has maintained a 3.21 GPA as a business major. Hailing from Linn Grove, Iowa, Wetherell was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll last year.

The Wildcat equestrian team will be back in action on Thursday, April 12, as it will compete in the 2012 NCEA National Championships. The Western squad will face South Dakota State while the Hunt Seat team will take on future Big 12 foe, TCU. Action from the Extraco Events Center is set to get underway at 8:30 a.m.

Information and results from the 2012 NCEA National Championships will be posted on kstatesports.com as soon as they are made available. K-State fans can also receive result updates from Waco by following @kstate_gameday on Twitter.