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WVU Student-Athletes Honored for Academic Achievements

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While playing the game they love and dedicate much of their time to, student-athletes at West Virginia University are also dedicated to their academics as evident by the recent release of the 2019 Fall Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Per the Big 12 Conference, 308 Mountaineer student-athletes made the list and are being recognized this semester with a 3.0 grade point average or higher. Of the 308 student-athletes, 73 registered a GPA of 4.0 in the fall semester across multiple sports at the university.

According to the Big 12 Conference release, “The 73 Mountaineers named to the list with a perfect 4.0 GPA in the semester include: Jimmy StarnesTim WyniaBraden Zarbnisky (baseball); Chase Harler (men’s basketball); Jake AbbottJarret DoegeElijah DrummondCasey LeggGraeson MalashevichZach Sandwisch (football); Kurtis GrantPhilipp Matlari (golf); Abby KaufmanMcKenna LinnenSydney MarlerJulia MerwinTaylor SellKianna Yancey (gymnastics); David KoendersVerena Zaisberger (rifle); Megan CasnerGrace CrankovicAshley DiblingNicole DiblingLisa EllerIsabelle HidalgoKileigh LadeKaira LayMadisyn LeeOlivia MartinelliLydia NicolaiMadelyn OberschmidtMegan PresentLucie SteinmetzEmma Toy (rowing); Pascal DerwaritschSam MorganSpenser Myers (men’s soccer); Jonathan BennettZach BoleyRyan KellyPJ LenzJosh MadzyMatthew MarshConrad MolinaroJack PortmannMichael SandnerAustin SmithDavid Snider (men’s swimming & diving); Camille BurtMiranda MarcucciAbigail RiggsBrooke Zedar (women’s swimming & diving); Giovanna CaputoNicole Roc (tennis); Marianne AbdalahAntigone ArcherTessa ConstantineEllie GardnerOlivia HillPeyton KukuraMalina MitchellMyesha NottAvigail RadabaughBree Warren (track & field/cross country); Gabrielle CuckovichErin SlindeLacey Zerwas (volleyball); Jeffrey Boyd, Caleb Graber, Kyle MyersTucker Nadeau and David Smith (wrestling).”

The student-athletes from the WVU  football team under first year coach Neal Brown led the way with 44 honorees total and six being honored for a 4.0 GPA. The rowing team came just behind with 42 honorees and 15 being honored with a 4.0 GPA. Other totals include: track & field/cross country (27), baseball (24), women’s swimming & diving (24), men’s swimming & diving (23), men’s soccer (23), women’s soccer (20), wrestling (16), gymnastics (15), volleyball (12), men’s basketball (10), rifle (9), women’s basketball (8), golf (7) and tennis (4).

Of these athletes, 24 graduated in December with degrees.

According to the Big 12, performance in the classroom is just as important as accolades on the field when looking at the student-athlete and, therefore, conference recognizes student-athletes in multiple areas for academic achievement including the commissioner’s honor roll. This acknowledgement is recorded and released each semester for the previous semester.

WVU had an increase in student-athletes recognized this fall with 217 Mountaineers named to the 2018 Fall Honor Roll and 53 recognized for a 4.0 GPA.

More than 5,000 student-athletes each semester have been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in the Conference’s history.

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