SIX EQUESTRIAN STUDENT-ATHLETES EARN NCEA ACADEMIC AWARDS
April 5, 2013
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin’s Kara Bergenty, Amy Guenther, Hunter Ralston, Laurel Ellzey, Melanie Aiosa and Sarah Sutton were named to the 2013 National Collegiate Equestrian Association’s Honor Roll for their outstanding performances in the classroom.
A total of 244 student-athletes were named to the prestigious list, which was compiled based on grades from the 2012 spring and 2013 fall terms. Bergenty was named to the NCEA Academic first team, Guenther and Ralston earned second team status while Ellzey picked up honorable mention accolades. Aiosa and Sutton also earned Honor Roll honors to round out UT Martin’s academic recipients.
Bergenty compiled a 3.77 Grade Point Average in the last two full semesters. In order to qualify for the first team, a student-athlete must have competed in a minimum of 70 percent of their schools’ meets, not including demonstration or exhibition rides, and must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 while maintaining full-time enrollment in the spring and fall semesters.
Guenther earned a 3.48 GPA while Ralston accumulated a 3.35 GPA on their way to second team accolades. A student-athlete must have competed in at least 60 percent of their schools’ meets and amassed a cumulative GPA of 3.25 to make the second team.
Ellzey (3.04 GPA) was named to the honorable mention list, which is for student-athletes who competed in a minimum of 50 percent of their schools’ meets and posted a cumulative 3.00 GPA.
The strong academic performances of Sutton (3.52 GPA) and Aiosa (3.29 GPA) also resulted in an Honor Roll nod for the Skyhawk equestrian squad.
UT Martin has qualified for its seventh straight trip to the NCEA national championships, which will be held in Waco, Texas on April 18-20.