SMU Women's Tennis Earns ITA Academic Awards
Team Compiled 3.38 GPA In 2012-13; Dishkova, Erkeeva And Fayner Earn ITA Individual Awards
August 2, 2013
SKILLMAN, N.J. (ITA) -- The SMU women's tennis team and three of its student-athletes have been recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for their academic excellence. The Mustangs were one of only 63 schools to receive the ITA All-Academic Team award. In addition, SMU had junior to be Elena Fayner and sophomores to be Hristina Dishkova and Yana Erkeeva earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 or above. The Mustangs compiled a 3.38 team GPA for the 2012-13 academic year.
To earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a student-athlete must meet have a GPA of at least 3.50 for the current academic year. Three SMU student-athletes, Erkeeva (4.0), Fayner (4.0) and Dishkova (3.96) were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
In addition, Dishkova and Fayner also received a Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal for maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 during the past season.
SMU T&F: Five Mustangs Receive USTFCCCA All-Academic Honors
Alenbratt, Cvitanovic, Egarter, Perez, Skatteboe All Earn Recognition
July 25, 2013
NEW ORLEANS (SMU) - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced this week that five Mustangs were among the 710 athletes chosen for national All-Academic track and field honors.
Mary Alenbratt, Lucija Cvitanovic, Lisa Egarter, Helena Perez and Karoline Skatteboe all earned recognition. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
Alenbratt, who finished her career at SMU this season, set three school records in 2013 - indoor mile, indoor 3000-meter and the outdoor 1500-meter. She graduated with a 3.59 GPA as a management major while minoring in Chinese.
Cvitanovic won the Conference USA javelin championship, helping lead SMU to a second-place result as a team. Cvitanovic placed 14th in javelin at the NCAA Championships and competed in the pentathlon and heptathlon for SMU. Cvitanovic holds a 3.37 GPA as a psychology major.
Egarter also competed in the heptathlon for the Mustangs, placing fifth at the C-USA Championships, including a second-place finish in the high jump portion of the event. Egarter is a business major with a 3.53 GPA.
Perez won four shot put titles (one indoor, three outdoor), including taking the C-USA outdoor championship. Her 16.60 meter mark at the C-USA Championships is fourth-best in SMU history. Perez is a management major with a 3.51 GPA.
Skatteboe, competing in her first collegiate track and field season, won two outdoor events - the 1,500-meter at the TCU Invitational and the 10,000-meter at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival. She also participated in the NCAA Prelimaries in the 10,000-meter. Skatteboe currently holds a 4.0 GPA as an engineering major.
SMU Swim: Swimming And Diving Squads Earn CSCAA Scholar All-America Honors
July 18, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - SMU's men's and women's swimming and diving teams earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America honors while Nina Rangelova was named to the CSCAA NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Scholar All-American First Team.
The Team Scholar All American award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The Scholar All American award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers, who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher, for the semester or cumulative average, and have qualified for and competed at their respective national championship.
Rangelova earned two All-America honors this season in the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Nicolai Hansen and Ryan Koops took Second Team honors, while Matthew Roney was tagged with Honorable Mention recognition. Both Hansen and Koops earned All-America honors in the 400-yard freestyle relay this season.
SMU W-Golf: Villamil, White Named WGCA All-American Scholars
July 2, 2013
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (SMU) - Maria Elena Villamil and Melanie White were each named All-American Scholars by the Women's Golf Coaches Association on Monday after posting cumulative GPAs of 3.50 or higher.
Villamil, a math and computer science major, posted a season-best tournament finish at the Chip-N Club Invitational, tying for 15th in helping lead SMU to its season-opening win. Villamil also played a crucial role in the Mustangs' triumph at the Johnie Imes Invitational, posting a season-low first round score of 73.
White, a finance and management science major, started the season with a splash, taking individual medalist honors in SMU's second event of the season, the Johnie Imes Invitational. During that tournament, White carded the lowest round in SMU history, shooting a seven-under 65 during the second round. White ended up breaking the tournament record for total score, tallying a 208 over the three-day event. The senior finished the season with four under-par rounds. White also was named to the C-USA All-Academic Team on April 19.
Maria Elena Villamil, Melanie White
SMU T&F: Alenbratt Named To Conference USA All-Academic Team
May 29, 2013
IRVING, Texas (SMU) - SMU senior Mary Alenbratt was named to the Conference USA All-Academic team, the league office announced Wednesday.
Alenbratt, a native of Bohus, Sweden, holds a 3.59 GPA and is a management major minoring in Chinese. She also received SMU's Presidential Award of Excellence, which is given to a graduating senior student athlete with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and an outstanding record on the field of play at SMU.
Alenbratt has had a successful senior season on the Hilltop, and holds four SMU records (three indoor records and one outdoor), including the mile run, which she completed in 4:43.05 at the SPIRE Institute Invite on Feb. 9. Alenbratt also won the 3000-meter run twice during the indoor season, and was a crucial part of the distance medley relay team that won at the Howie Ryan Indoor Invitational. She also won the 800-meter event at the North Texas Classic.
Alenbratt attempted to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the 1,500-meter run, missing a berth by just 10 seconds.
Carstens Named To C-USA All-Academic Team
Senior captain one of 19 student-athletes to earn the academic honor
May 9, 2013
IRVING, Texas (SMU) - Emily Carstens was named to the Conference USA Rowing All-Academic Team, conference officials announced Thursday. The senior earned a 3.53 GPA in business administration and management, and is one of 19 student-athletes representing all 11 C-USA schools which sponsor rowing to earn the honor.
Carstens, a native of Tulsa, Okla., was on the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll all four years at SMU, and was recently awarded the Meyers Brother Award, which is presented to SMU student-athletes for combined athletic achievement, academic success and community involvement. The team captain serves as the Vice President of Community Service for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and has competed with the 1st Varsity 8+ crew since her freshman season.
She has been invited to the U.S. National Rowing Team Identification Camp twice, and holds the second-fastest erg time in program history. This season, she has raced in all ten events and led the Mustangs to wins over Creighton and Kansas State.
The SMU rowing team will compete at the Conference USA Championships Saturday, May 18 at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
SMU W-Golf: White Named To Conference USA All-Academic Team
Management Science and Finance Major Boasts A 3.692 GPA
April 19, 2013
IRVING, Texas (SMU) - SMU senior Melanie White was named to the Conference USA All-Academic team, the conference office announced Friday.
White holds a 3.692 GPA as a management science and finance double major. White has also helped SMU to one of its best seasons in recent memory. The team has three victories on the year, including the Johnie Imes Invitational, in which White took individual medalist honors by six strokes. White broke the total event record by four shots, and set the SMU record with a second round score of 65. White has three rounds in the 60s this season.
The conference already recognized White earlier in the season, giving her Golfer of the Week honors on Oct. 3.
Student-athletes who hold a minimum 3.2 GPA, classified as at least a sophomore and having competed in at least 75 percent of their team's scheduled tournaments are eligible for the all-academic team.
The 2013 C-USA Women's Golf Championship is scheduled for April 22-24 at the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club in Gulf Shores, Ala.
2013 C-USA Women's Golf All-Academic Team (*Repeat Selection)
NAME - SCHOOL - YEAR - HOMETOWN - GPA - MAJOR
*Fanny Wolte, East Carolina, Junior, Graz, Austria, 3.96, Marketing
Alex Al?ng, Memphis, Senior, Tullinge, Sweden, 3.57, International Business
Julia Hodgson, Memphis, Senior, Unionville, Ontario, 3.82, Communications
Sarah Mathews, Memphis, Senior, Memphis, Tenn., 3.731, Accounting
Melanie White, SMU, Senior, Colleyville, Texas, 3.692, Management Science and Finance
SMU M-Tennis: Nowicki Named To Conference USA All-Academic Team
April 16, 2013
IRVING, Texas (SMU) - Junior Mischa Nowicki was named to the Conference USA All-Academic team, the league office announced on Tuesday.
Nowicki boasts a 3.70 GPA as an accounting major at SMU. The junior has also excelled on the court, going 10-7 in singles play this spring. The native of Herdecke, Germany is also a part of the 83rd-ranked doubles pair in the nation, teaming with Arturs Kazijevs to go 12-4 in dual matches. The duo has won its last eight decisions.
To be eligible for the All-Academic team, honorees must have a minimum 3.2 GPA and have competed in at least 75 percent of their team's scheduled matches.
The Mustangs have had a member on the C-USA All-Academic team every year since 2007.
2013 C-USA Men's Tennis All-Academic Team
Joe Salisbury | Memphis | Junior | 3.74 GPA | Business Economics | London, England
Carlos Lopez Villa | Old Dominion | Sophomore | 3.75 GPA | Accounting | Madrid, Spain
Mischa Nowicki | SMU | Junior | 3.70 GPA | Accounting | Herdecke, Germany
Clifford Marsland | Tulsa | Senior | 3.514 | Exercise and Sports Science | Perth, Australia
Joe Blasco | UCF | Senior | 4.00 GPA | Civil Engineering (master's) | Alicante, Spain
SMU Athletics: Alenbratt Receives Presidential Award Of Excellence At SMU Awards Extravaganza
Senior Recognized For Efforts In The Classroom And In Competition
April 16, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - Senior cross country and track and field athlete Mary Alenbratt was honored with the Presidential Award of Excellence at the 2013 SMU Awards Extravaganza at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center on Monday night.
To be eligible for the award, the student athlete must be a graduating senior with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and an outstanding record on the field of play at SMU.
Alenbratt certainly has met those requirements during her four years on the Hilltop. The native of Bohus, Sweden has preserved a 3.586 GPA and will graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management with a minor in Chinese. Alenbratt has been named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll each of her academic years at SMU.
Alenbratt has been a vital member of SMU's well-decorated cross country squads, winning three Conference USA Championships (2009, 2011 and 2012) during her four years. Alenbratt was a First Team All-C-USA honoree in 2012, and has been named to the All-Region team three times. She has also starred during the track and field seasons, holding four SMU records (three indoor records and one outdoor), including in the mile run, which she completed in 4:43.05 at the SPIRE Institute Invite on Feb. 9.
SMU Equestrian Earns Academic Honors
14 Mustangs named to NCEA Honor Roll
Fischer named to NCEA Academic First Team
April 4, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - SMU equestrian rider Julianna Fischer has been named to the National Collegiate Equestrian Association's Academic First Team. Emma Roberts, Courtney Line, and Rachel Reid were each named to the NCEA Academic Second Team. In addition, 14 Mustangs were named to the Honor Roll.
Fischer, a junior from Wellington, Fla., won the Pin Oak Invitational in equitation on the flat with a shutout victory over LSU and a dominant ride against Fresno State in the championship round. She is 5-5 in competitions on the flat this season.
Roberts, a sophomore from Houston, Texas, holds a record of 7-4 in equitation over fences this season. She earned MVP honors in the season opener and was victorious against a rider from No. 1 South Carolina.
Line, a sophomore from West Islip, N.Y., is 8-2 in equitation over fences this season. She has won the last five matches in a row, including a victory over No. 1 South Carolina. She also earned MVP honors against Sacred Heart.
Reid, a sophomore from Rochester, Mich., has been a steady contributor all season and holds a 3-3 record in equitation on the flat.
Elizabeth Hartnett, Katherine Jones, Morgan Toal, Blaire Bogard, Julianna Fischer, Lauren Hogan, Taylor McClung, Renick Townsend, Megan Osteen, Madeleine Stover, Courtney Line, Rachel Reid, Ryan Umberger, and Emma Roberts were the 14 Mustangs named to the NCEA Honor Roll.
Twenty-Seven Student-Athletes Earn Honors Recognition In Fall
Mustangs Shine In Classroom
March 2, 2013
Twenty-seven student-athletes earned honors recognition in the fall semester, it was recently announced. SMU awards three levels of honors: Honor Roll with High Distinction (Top 5%), Honor Roll with Distinction (Top 10%) and Honor Roll (Top 15%). The appointments are determined by percentile rank based on cumulative SMU GPA.
The honorees are as follows:
Honor Roll, High Distinction
Avery Acker - Volleyball
Hristina Dishkova – W. Tennis
Elena Fayner – W. Tennis
Mirjam Niederberger – Track/CC
Natalie Schauwecker - W. Swimming
Julianne Scheidler – Volleyball
Karoline Skatteboe – Track/CC
Danielle Villars – W. Swimming
Honor Roll, Distinction
Katherine Jones - Equestrian
Darci Martin – Rowing
Matthew Mozdzen – M. Swimming
Jordan Newman – W. Swimming
Will Smith – M. Soccer
Rebekah Tate – Rowing
Kaitlyn Thomas – Track/CC
Maria Elena Villamil – W. Golf
Stephanie Wright – Track/CC
Honor Roll, Honor
Perri Anderson – W. Tennis
Hannah Ferrin – W. Swimming
Elizabeth Krane – W. Swimming
Garrett Krstich – Football
Rachael Larson – W. Soccer
Parker Meinecke – M. Swimming
Sharnell Robinson – Track/CC
Luke Seeker – Football
Nick Sotta – Football
Emily Vavourakis – W. Swimming
SMU W-Soccer: Bodden Earns C-USA Spirit Of Service Award
Sophomore Honored For Scholastic Achievements And Community Involvement
Sophomore Lauryn Bodden received the C-USA Spirit of Service Award on Wednesday.
Dec. 19, 2012
IRVING, Texas (SMU) - SMU sophomore goalkeeper Lauryn Bodden received the C-USA Fall Spirit of Service Award on Wednesday for her scholastic and community efforts.
Bodden started 17 games for the Mustang women's soccer team and serves as vice president of public relations for SAAC. She is very active and passionate about serving the Dallas community, volunteering at the Promise House-Wesley Inn Program, Kids Get Fit Dallas, National Girls and Women in Sport Clinic and Special Olympics. She also took part in a Girl Scout's soccer clinic this fall. Bodden is active with Relay for Life and has completed more than seven mission trips. As part of Conference USA's "Let's SAAC Hunger" initiative, Bodden organized collection points and spearhead the publicity for SAAC's food drive campaign. As a result, SAAC collected more than 1,500 canned goods and $1,300 accounting for 5,079 meals or 9,965 pounds that benefited the North Texas Food Bank. In goal, she recorded four shutouts, including two in conference play, and tallied 63 saves for the season and finished with a 1.26 goals against average. Bodden also tallied seven saves in SMU's upset of No. 8 UCF Oct. 17. The Tampa, Fla., native maintained a 3.449 cumulative GPA as a communications major.
The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league's student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. The Spirit of Service award will be presented three times throughout the season, with today's honorees representing Conference USA's fall sports: football, soccer, volleyball and cross country.
Bodden was joined by UCF's Tishia Jewell as the two women's soccer players honored by the C-USA.
Nov. 29, 2012
IRVING (C-USA/SMU) - SMU junior linebacker Randall Joyner has been named to the 2012 Conference USA All-Academic Team, as selected by the league's Sports Information Directors, the conference announced today.
Joyner, a sport management major with a 3.464 GPA, has played in all 12 games this season, making six starts. He leads the team and is 18th in the league with 89 tackles. He is also tied for the team lead with three interceptions. He set career-highs with 14 tackles and two interceptions at UTEP, earning Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for his play in El Paso.
The all-academic team consists of student-athletes who have earned a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better and are a starter or key reserve on their team.
Bailey Named To C-USA All-Academic Team
Senior setter has 4.0 GPA and is among league's assists leaders
Nov. 15, 2012
IRVING, Texas (SMU) – SMU volleyball senior Olivia Bailey was named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team, league officials announced Thursday. The setter has a 4.0 GPA in communication studies, earning the third academic award of her career. The transfer also earned all-academic honors as a sophomore and junior at Loyola Marymount.
Bailey, who went to Hockaday in Dallas, was fourth in the league, averaging 9.81 assists per set in conference matches during her first season at SMU, and she averaged 9.52 assists per set overall. She was named Conference USA Setter of the Week on Oct. 8 after leading the Mustangs to a pair of C-USA wins with a season-high 53 assists in a 3-1 win at UCF and a league-high 12.14 assists per set in the two matches.
SMU W-Soccer: Baum Named To Conference USA
All-Academic First Team Senior Has Enjoyed Successful Season On And Off The Pitch
Oct. 31, 2012
IRVING, Texas (SMU) - SMU Mustangs senior Mallory Baum has had a memorable senior season, and the Conference USA added another honor to Baum's growing list on Wednesday. The Keller, Texas, native was named to the C-USA All-Academic First Team, the league office announced.
Baum, an electrical engineering major with a 3.61 GPA, was named First Team All-C-USA on Tuesday. The senior's stellar season was also honored earlier in the year with a nomination for the Senior CLASS Award in September. Baum has 10 points (2g, 6a) in 2012, and is tied for seventh in the C-USA in assists. One of Baum's goals was a penalty kick game-winner against UTEP on Sept. 28.
Baum's selection marks the third consecutive year that SMU has had a player on the C-USA All-Academic First Team.
Mustangs Earn AVCA Team Academic Award
SMU volleyball team honored for maintaining excellence in the classroom
July 20, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. (SMU) - The SMU volleyball team earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 season. The AVCA honored 533 teams in all, which includes 220 high school teams. This number once again breaks the previous year's total of 481 and sets a new all-time high for this award. SMU is one of just 102 NCAA Division I volleyball teams to earn the award.
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, was designed to honor collegiate and high school volleyball teams which displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
The Mustangs had 10 players honored on the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll, achieving at least a 3.0 GPA. Julianne Scheidler led the team with a 4.0 GPA, earning the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal.
The Mustangs open the 2012 season on Aug. 24 against Charleston Southern at the Georgia Tech Invite at 3:30 p.m. CT. The home opener for SMU is scheduled for Sept. 6 against Wichita State at 7 p.m. in the first round of the SMU Classic in Moody Coliseum. For tickets, call 214-768-4263, or visit SMUMustangs.com.
SMU Women's Tennis Earns Academic Honors
Squad Selected ITA All-Academic Team; Anderson And Marschall Named Scholar-Athletes
July 16, 2012
SKILLMAN, N.J. (ITA/SMU) --- The SMU women's tennis team continued to rack up academic honors for the 2011-12 campaign.
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) named SMU women's tennis to its 2012 NCAA Division I All-Academic Team. Additionally, Perri Anderson and Erika Marschall were named ITA Scholar-Athletes.
To qualify as an ITA All-Academic Team, a school must hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher. To earn individual honors, an athlete must be a varsity letter winner, hold a GPA of 3.5 or better, and be enrolled in their current university for at least two semesters.
SMU's strive for academic excellence certainly shone through with the women's tennis team. These most recent honors added to the all-conference honors received by Anderson and Marschall, as well as Edyta Cieplucha, Shahzoda Hatamova,Marta Lesniak, Kristina Roberts, Heather Steinbauer, and Ashley Turpin, who were all named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Anderson also received a Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal for maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 during the past season.
Mustangs Earn Honors
DALLAS (SMU/CSCAA) — The SMU Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving teams have been named Spring 2012 Scholar All-America Teams by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), the organization announced this week.
The Team Scholar All-American award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams that have achieved cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher.
The SMU women scored a team GPA of 3.29, while the men posted a 3.19.
July 6, 2012
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (SMU) - SMU women's golfers Jennifer Hooper and Maria Elena Villamil have been named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team.
Hooper graduated in May with a degree in business marketing. She carded a season-best 224 at the Johnie Imes Invitational, shooting a season-best round of 70 on the second day of competition.
Villamil, a junior from Madrid, is pursuing a degree in computer science. Villamil carded a season-low 224 at the Price's Give Em Five Intercollegiate, and posted season-low rounds of 72 at the Price's Give Em Five and Mountain View Intercollegiate. She also finished fourth at the Chip-N Club Invitational.
Fjortoft Awarded C-USA Postgraduate Scholarship
June 13, 2012
IRVING, Texas (SMU/C-USA) - Silje Fjortoft, a two-time Conference USA cross country champion at SMU, has earned the Jim Castaneda Postgraduate Scholarship, C-USA officials announced today.
Fjortoft graduated in December 2011 with a 3.856 GPA in applied physiology and sports management with a minor in German. She was a three-time Conference USA All-Academic Team selection and was named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team twice. As a senior, she was named to the USA Track and Field All-Academic Team, and has been honored as a member of the SMU Honor Roll of Distinction for seven semesters.
In athletic competition, Fjortoft became the first runner is NCAA history to win the South Central Region three times. She advanced to the NCAA Championships all four years, finishing 13th in 2011, earning All-America honors. She was also named C-USA Cross Country Athlete of the Year, NCAA South Central Region Athlete of the Year and C-USA Outstanding Senior in 2011.
Fjortoft, a native of Orsta, Norway, plans to attend graduate school at either the University of Oslo in Norway, studying physical therapy, medicine and nutrition, or the Naprapathy College of Stockholm.
SMU T&F: Gill Named To C-USA All-Academic Team
June 6, 2012
IRVING, Texas (C-USA/SMU) – SMU thrower Ayla Gill was named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team, the league announced today. Gill recently graduated with a 3.893 GPA in accounting.
The native of Auckland, New Zealand was a C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll member and recipient of the conference’s Academic Medal the past three years. In 2010 she was selected to the USTFCCCA All-Academic selection. The following year she was a member of the Capital One Academic All-District Team.
During her final season at SMU, Gill placed second in the hammer throw at the C-USA Outdoor Championship (53.50m), while taking third in the weight throw at the C-USA Indoor Championship (18.03). During the outdoor season, she won the hammer throw at the Bobby Lane Invitational (53.26m), North Texas Spring Classic (53.25m) and Bobcat Classic (52.38m). She also recorded the second-best throw in the conference with a toss of 55.20m. The indoor season saw her post top-five finishes in the weight throw.