April 3, 2014
WACO, Texas. – The National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) announced its 2013-14 Academics Teams, with Kansas State having 20 riders honored.
Seniors Jordan Cox, Rachel Webster and junior Madison Wayda all earned First Team selections. Seniors Shana Barnett and Chayna DeNicolo took home Second Team honors, while seniors Amelia Crites, Emily Stockford and junior Savannah Smith earned Honorable Mention status.
“I am proud of our team for representing K-State so well in academics by earning over 20 NCEA Academic accolades,” said head coach Casie Maxwell. “They are students first and they all do a great job of giving great effort in the classroom and the arena.”
The Wildcats also had 17 riders named to the Honor Roll list. The Honor Roll list included: seniors Allison Freeman, Jesse Johnson, Laura Lafnitzegger, Mariah Moxley, Caroline Murray, Margaret Peine, Allison Tozier and Maggie Watson, juniors Karsen Brown, Katie DeLano, Libby Tudor and sophomore Nicholle Hatton.
To qualify for the 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 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 Honorable Mention Academic 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.
The Wildcats are in the midst of preparing for the NCEA National Championship. The Championship takes place April 17-19 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas. The Wildcats will take on Texas A&M in the first round.