K-State Leads League on Academic All-Big 12 At-Large Team

Amanda Weishaar

April 12, 2011

IRVING, Texas – Kansas State placed a league-high 31 student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 At-Large team in an announcement by the Big 12 Conference on Tuesday. Of K-State’s honorees, 30 received first-team honors, including one with a perfect GPA, for the inaugural citation.

The at-large squad recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at Big 12 institutions that participate in sports outside of Big 12 competition. The sports included are bowling, competitive cheer, men’s gymnastics, equestrian, rifle, rowing and men’s and women’s skiing. K-State’s rowing team placed 23 members on the first team and one on the second team. The Wildcats’ equestrian team saw seven of its riders recognized on the first team.

Senior Amanda Weishaar (public relations) of the rowing team was one of just six honorees with a 4.00 grade point average. Members of the K-State rowing team to join Weishaar on the first team are: junior Katie Arrow (management), sophomore Rebecca Bohling (horticulture), senior Christa Bowman (interior architecture), senior Nicole Burdiek (psychology), senior Weatherly Butler (economics), junior Sierra Cuda (interior architecture), sophomore Allison Dorau (education), junior Danielle Glynn (education/modern languages), sophomore Abigail Harbour (undecided), sophomore Lea Hauldren (sociology), senior Whitley Jackson (biology), junior Adria Ley (modern languages), junior Samantha McCloud (architecture), senior Jayci McKenney (mass communications), junior Ali Peters (social work), sophomore Lauren Schumaker (family studies), junior Traci Smiley (nutrition/kinesiology), senior Melissa Steen (biology), sophomore Nicole Stuckey (education), junior Justine Walsh (education), senior Hanna Wiltfong (public relations) and senior Anna Young (kinesiology).

Earning a second team honor from the rowing team was sophomore Brittany Odle (animal science).

Wildcats to earn the Academic All-Big 12 first team honor from equestrian were: senior Christina Costello (management), senior Soffia Farral da Cruz (elementary education), sophomore Larissa Laffey (chemical engineering), senior Jen Rawle (management), sophomore Hannah Ribera (industrial education), junior Alayna Werner (animal sciences & industry) and senior Alecia Zimbelman (biology).

Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services, the academic at-large squad consisted of 128 first team members combined with 33 on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of her team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.