OVC ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC ACCOLADES; UTM SOFTBALL AND WOMEN'S TENNIS EARNS TEAM ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
July 31, 2014
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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – A total of 109 University of Tennessee at Martin student-athletes earned a spot on the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, while 22 of those brought home an OVC Medal of Honor for their perfect 4.0 Grade Point Average in 2013-14, the league announced today.
The 22 Medal of Honor recipients marks the fourth straight year that UT Martin has set a new program record for most student-athletes with a 4.0 GPA, topping the previous record of 17 in 2012-13. The 109 Commissioner Honor Roll recipients (at least a 3.25 GPA) also marks the third straight year that UT Martin has reached triple-digits in that category (114 in 2011-12, program-best 116 in 2012-13).
The UT Martin softball and women’s tennis squads were also recognized as an OVC Team Academic Achievement recipients. Coached by Donley Canary, the Skyhawk softball team placed 17 players on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, which makes up 85 percent of the roster. UT Martin head women’s tennis coach Dennis Taylor presided over eight Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipients, which makes up 100 percent of the roster.
Overall, 1,254 OVC student-athletes were named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, setting a new league record. A total of 188 student-athletes earned a Medal of Honor.
The Skyhawk baseball team (three), women’s basketball team (three) and women’s tennis team (four) boasted the most Medal of Honor winners out of any team in the OVC. In addition to the softball and women’s tennis teams, UT Martin’s golf team (six) and rifle team (10) produced the highest amount of Commissioner Honor Roll recipients in their respective sports.
Individually, Dominika Conc (soccer), Jessica Silva (women’s tennis), Katie McCall (women’s tennis) and Ivon Simic (women’s tennis) were awarded a Medal of Honor for the third time in their careers. Baseball’s Jacob Gansert, cross country’s Grace Lucas and Hannah Wolters, softball’s Deven Wilson and volleyball’s Allie Whimpey each earned their second career Medal of Honor.
UT Martin’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipients are as follows (bold italics indicates a Medal of Honor winner, multiple asterisks indicate the number of years the student-athlete has made the Commissioner’s Honor Roll:
Baseball (12): Alex Boshers, Taylor Cox***, Taylor Douglas, Drew Erie**, Jacob Gansert**, Stu Jones**, Dalton Potts***, Chris Ross**, John Skubina, Carter Smith***, Phil Sorensen****, Nico Zych**
Men’s Basketball (1): Terence Smith****
Women’s Basketball (7): Heather Butler****, Chelsey Hall**, Elizabeth Masengil, Jasmine Newsome**, Chelsea Roberts, Katie Schubert**, Megan White****
Men’s Cross Country (6): Joey DeSantis, Mark Graubner**, Colin Johnson***, Justin Morgan**, Vance Pounders****, David Wells
Women’s Cross Country (7): Hayley Doty, Abby Frantom**, Marne Helbing, Grace Lucas***, Heather Mullis, Alexandra Stover**, Hannah Wolters****
Football (16): Sam Curtis**, Dylan Davis**, Taino Fears-Perez**, Trent Garland**, Austin Hopper, Tyler Kilburn**, Nick Michaels**, Matt Murphy**, Ethan Myers***, Jarod Neal***, Obi Nwankwo, Jackson Roberts***, Charles Sweeton, Juwan Turner***, Garrett Vincent, Dean Wathen****
Men’s Golf (6): Brendon Caballero**, Peyton Deming, Tyler Guy**, Clay Harbin***, Ben Reeves**, Austin Swafford
Rifle (10): Jamie Arnett****, Joe Barefoot***, Jessica Cobb***, Dacotah Faught, Logan Hunt, Kelly James**, Jordan Jensen***, Katrina Klaes, Nikki Kroll**, Dana Maurizio***
Soccer (7): Dominika Conc***, Alyssa Curtis***, Hannah Fessenden***, Amy Maksimowicz***, Abby Masters, Hannah McGowen****, Lucy Pater***
Softball (17): Jessie Britt**, Kelsey Dixon**, Lindsey Feigl***, Gabby Glenn, Tayler Jerrick, Brooke Kennedy, Juli Layne, Taylor Manning, Samantha McClure**, Renate Meckl, Stephanie Nidiffer**, Lauren Smith**, Kenzi Tate***, Casey Vincent**, Kayla Wade***, Deven Wilson**, Bella Zizzi
Women’s Tennis (8): Sarah Candeloro, Jessica Silva***, Tamara Klimek, Katie McCall****, Hitomi Naito, Florence Nicole, Ivon Simic****, Burcu Tari
Volleyball (6): Julia Devinney, Alisha Erves, Emily Keaton**, Colleen Larson, Madison Wessling, Allie Whimpey***
Equestrian (6): Melanie Aiosa**, Rachel Crinklaw, Laney Hixson, Katie Kallevig, Hunter Ralston**, Cora Rogalski