Wildcats Earn NCEA Academic Accolades

 

WACO, Texas. -- The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) announced its 2014-15 Academic Teams, with Kansas State having 14 riders honored. 

Senior captain Madison Wayda, junior Nicholle Hatton and sophomores Henley Adkins and Christina Martinelli all earned First Team citations. Sophomores Gretchen Koenen and Alyssa Lombardi took home Second Team honors, while senior captain Savannah Smith and junior Kara Guy received Honorable Mention status.

The Wildcats also had 12 riders named to the Honor Roll list. The Honor Roll list included: seniors Wayda, Karsen Brown and Libby Tudor, Hatton and sophomores Adkins, Chelsea Buttermore, Kelsey Karanges, Natalie Kestle, Koenen, Lombardi, Martinelli and Katie Ramsey

To qualify for the NCEA Academic First Team, a rider must have competed in 70 percent of her team's meets and must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5. To qualify for the NCEA Academic Second Team, a rider must have competed in 60 percent of her team's meets, while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.25. To earn NCEA Academic Honorable Mention honors, a rider must have participated in 50 percent of her team's meets and must have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The NCEA Academic Honor Roll recognizes the top academic student-athletes who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.25.

Time is winding down as the Wildcats finish last minute preparations for the 2015 NCEA National Championship. The Championship takes place April 16-18 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas. The Wildcats will take on SMU in the first round.

NCEA Academic Award

First Team
Henley Adkins

Nicholle Hatton
Christina Martinelli
Madison Wayda

Second Team
Gretchen Koenen

Alyssa Lombardi

Honorable Mention
Kara Guy

Savannah Smith

Honor Roll
Henley Adkins

Karsen Brown
Chelsea Buttermore
Nicholle Hatton
Kelsey Karanges
Natalie Kestle
Gretchen Koenen
Alyssa Lombardi
Christina Martinelli
Katie Ramsey
Libby Tudor
Madison Wayda