Fifty Bulldogs Selected as Mountain West Scholar-Athletes
This year's Bulldog Athlete of the Year - senior hammer thrower Meagan McKee - was one of 14 Bulldog seniors that scored MW Scholar-Athlete acclaim.
This year's Bulldog Athlete of the Year - senior hammer thrower Meagan McKee - was one of 14 Bulldog seniors that scored MW Scholar-Athlete acclaim.

July 8, 2014

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Academic success continued to stream Fresno State's way as the athletic department celebrated Tuesday's annual MW Scholar-Athlete announcement by the conference office.

Altogether, 50 Bulldogs received acclaim after maintaining 3.5 cumulative grade point averages and completing at least two academic terms.

The Bulldog soccer and volleyball teams led the way with six and five honorees, respectively.

Twelve other Fresno State teams boasted Scholar-Athlete recipients, and those tallies follow - women's basketball (5), baseball (4), women's cross country, (4), football (4), men's track and field (4), women's tennis (4), softball (3), swimming and diving (3), women's track and field (3), women's golf (2), men's tennis (2) and men's golf (1).

Among those teams, the combined list of Bulldog honorees included 14 seniors, 15 juniors, 18 sophomores and three freshmen.

Last year, the Bulldogs featured 71 recipients in their first season in the Mountain West.

Not included in this season's count were four lacrosse players who were All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Scholar-Athlete honorees and sported +3.5 GPA's - Meghan Macaulay, Jordyn Frew, Marcy Levatino and Meganne Weissenfels.

Overall for the 2013-14 academic year, a total number of 651 student-athletes from 12 MW member institutions were honored - a new league record that bettered the 632 spring semester honorees from the 2012-13 academic year.

In other conference news earlier this week, 86 Bulldogs received Academic All-MW honors among Fresno State's 12 winter and spring sports.

Adding that total to its 43 fall honorees, Fresno State sported 129 combined honors in 2013-14. For comparison's sake, the `Dogs also topped the century plateau in 2012-13 (122), and likewise on Academic All-WAC lists in 2011-12 (142), 2010-11 (132) and 2009-10 (142).

To be eligible for MW All-Academic selection, student-athletes must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and be a starter or significant contributor on their athletic team.

Not included in this season's Academic All-MW count were seven lacrosse players who sported +3.0 GPA's.

More information on Mountain West academic honors is available at the www.The website and @MountainWest Twitter address.


Baseball (4)
Connor Chase, Sophomore, Business Administration-Sports Marketing
William Munro, Junior, Kinesiology-Sport Administration
Taylor Tempel, Junior, Business Administration-Sports Marketing
Derick Velazquez, Junior, Criminology-Law Enforcement

Women's Basketball (5)
Brittany Aikens, Sophomore, Liberal Studies-Blended Program
Robin Draper, Junior, Anthropology
Bree Farley, Senior, Kinesiology-Personal Fitness Training
Taylor Thompson, Senior, Education-Curriculum & Instruction
Jacinta Vandenberg, Sophomore, Child Development

Women's Cross Country (4)
Kristen Galvez, Senior, Anthropology
Brittany Heyano, Senior, Chemistry
Meagan Paracholski, Junior, Liberal Studies-Blended Program
Annemarie Schwanz, Sophomore, Civil Engineering

Football (4)
Brandon Hughes, Freshman, Pre-Business
Justin Northern, Junior, Mechanical Engineering
Kyrian Obidiegwu, Sophomore, Health Sciences-Community Health
Garrett Swanson, Sophomore, Kinesiology-Exercise Science

Men's Golf (1)
Keenan Nelson, Junior, Electrical Engineering

Women's Golf (2)
Alison Timlin, Senior, Business Administration-Management
Taylor Wilkinson, Senior, Business Administration-Marketing

Soccer (6)
Emily Duff, Junior, Kinesiology-Exercise Science
Alyssa Holsworth, Freshman, Pre-Business
Fanny Johansson, Sophomore, Business Administration-International Business
Megan Mossman, Senior, Communicative Disorders-Speech Pathology
Amanda Nunes, Freshman, Kinesiology-Sport Administration
Nadia Pearl, Sophomore, Mass Communication & Journalism-Print Journalism

Softball (3)
Stesha Brazil, Senior, Communication
Kelly Megee, Junior, Criminology-Corrections
Brooke Ortiz, Senior, Interior Design

Women's Swimming and Diving (3)
Brittany Buna, Senior, Business Administration-Human Resource Management
Karissa DeRousseau, Junior, Kinesiology-Exercise Science
Dana Jones, Sophomore, Nursing

Men's Tennis (2)
Sai Kartik Nakireddi, Junior, Business Administration-Finance
Nikolas Papic Sborowitz, Sophomore, Pre-Business

Women's Tennis (4)
Rana Sherif Ahmed, Sophomore, Economics
Tanya Murtagh, Junior, Mass Communications & Journalism-Public Relations
Anneka Watts, Sophomore, Biology
Sophie Watts, Sophomore, Biology

Men's Track and Field (4)
Keane Bland, Sophomore, Criminalogy-Law Enforcement
Jayjoel Fernandez, Sophomore, Biology
Benjamin Fox, Senior, Kinesiology-Exercise Science
Konstantinos Parisis, Sophomore, Biology

Women's Track and Field (3)
Marla Acosta, Sophomore, Natural Sciences-Biology
Kayley Braucher, Junior, Communicative Disorders-Speech Pathology
Meagan McKee, Senior, Sociology

Volleyball (5)
Lauren Albertson, Senior, Kinesiology-Sport Administration
Marissa Brand, Senior, Criminology-Forensic Behavioral Sciences
Christina Lee, Junior, Kinesiology-Exercise Science
Katie Pearson, Junior, Psychology
Molly Pearson, Sophomore, Liberal Studies-Blended Program

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