Wildcat Rowers Maintain Academic Excellence

MANHATTAN, Kan. As has been the case in past semesters, the Kansas State rowing team has preserved its high academic standard, as 47 Wildcat rowers were recently named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. The Honor Roll is recorded and released each semester to recognize student-athletes who have excelled in the classroom with a 3.0 or better grade-point average.


Rowing accounted for the second-most student-athletes of any Kansas State varsity sport and celebrates the achievements of nine who excelled with a 4.0 grade point average through the fall semester. Melissa Cessna (sr., mass communications), Andrea Hatch (so., theatre), Heather Hoffman (sr., communication disorders), Michael Knoll (jr., social sciences), Ashley Krueger (sr., management), Whitney Revell (sr., animal sciences), Bjai Rice (sr., nutrition science), Elizabeth Walter (jr., family studies) and Amanda Weishaar (fr., open option) all obtained a perfect 4.0 GPA in fall 2007.


“We are very proud of these 47 student-athletes” said Assistant Coach Paula Donald, “it takes hard work, discipline and focus to achieve a 3.0 GPA or better as a Division I athlete.  We expect our athletes to show this kind of character and commitment, because those are the same things necessary to be a successful rower.”


A number of the Wildcats on the fall Commissioner’s Honor Roll have received the recognition in the past, and several have had multiple semesters of a 4.0 GPA. Hatch, Hoffman, Knoll, Revell, Rice and Walter have each finished with perfect classroom marks in previous semesters.


As a team, the K-State rowers posted an average GPA of 3.083 with a roster of 70 athletes.  This is the best fall semester team GPA in the 12 year history of the team.


The following is a complete list of Wildcat rowers on the honor roll list for fall 2007: Ashley Anderson (fr., art), Casey Bell (fr., education), Michelle Bergman (so., kinesiology), Kilah Bond (sr., kinesiology), Christa Bowman (so., interior architecture), Weatherly Butler (fr., pre-vet), Stephanie Carr (fr., pre-journalism), Cessna, Kari Chadd (sr., biology), Teall Culbertson (fr., biology), Carolyn Cypher (fr., animal science), Jaquelyn Dewbre (so., business administration), Katherine Dillon (sr., nutrition and exercise), Jennifer Flannigan (sr., kinesiology), Jessie Gardiner (fr., psychology), Magda Hart Schwartz (sr., nutrition and exercise), Hatch, Cheyenne Heimburger (fr., pre-health), Mary Herzog (jr., biology), Michelle Higgins (sr., nutrition science), Hoffman, Whitley Jackson (fr., biology), Amanda Keim (fr., pre-journalism), Anna Knackstedt (fr., political science), Knoll, Krueger, Jessica Layden (jr., athletic training), Jayci McKenney (fr., pre-journalism), Chelsey Mueller (so., pre-journalism), Sarah Murdoch (so., education), Kerri Neugebauer (fr., agronomy), Veronica Noonan (sr., communication disorders), Caitlin Olson (fr., biology), Jessica Parrish (fr., biology), Audrey Polifka (fr., chemistry), Revell, Caitlin Reynolds (fr., information systems), Rice, Traci Smiley (fr., nutrition and exercise), Melissa Steen (so., biology), Nicole Vogt (jr., architectural engineering), Clarissa Wagner (fr., open option), Walter, Weishaar, Hanna Wiltfong (fr., pre-journalism), Paula Wortman (fr., engineering) and Anna Young (fr., pre-physical therapy).


Cessna, Hoffman, Knoll, Rice and Walter were also recognized last summer by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association as scholar athletes. To be honored by the CRCA, student-athletes were required to participate in 75 percent of the team’s spring races as well as achieve at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.