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 16, 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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