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Men's Swimming And Diving Earns AAC's Top Team Academic Honor
Program Finishes 2014-15 With Highest Team GPA

by: Lindsey Olsen, SMU Athletics Public Relations


July 28, 2015

CONFERENCE RELEASE

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (The American/SMU) – 
For the second-straight season, the men’s swimming and diving program earned the American AthleticConference Team Excellence Award in its respective sport for posting the conference’s highest team grade point average. 


“It’s a great honor to be recognized by the conference,” head coach Eddie Sinnott said.  “The whole program should be proud, and we are thankful and humbled by this award. We are also appreciative of the support and effort put in by the institution as a whole, and specifically our academic counselor Emily Cobb.”


The Mustangs, who posted a 3.363 GPA have now won the award in each of The American’s two seasons. SMU was also in the top 10, following only six teams, on the CSCAA Scholar All-America list for their efforts during the spring semester, and Tyler Rauth and Sam Straughan earned the distinction of Scholar All-America.

“In the fall our team GPA ranked 14th overall in Division I men’s swimming and diving, and we made it a goal to be in the top 10 in the spring. This is a culmination of our goal setting efforts, and it is a result of our recruiting philosophy. We recruit student-athletes that understand our academic mentality."




Trio Of Mustangs Earn Conference Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award
Acker, Skatteboe and Lammons honored for academic, athletic and service efforts

by: Travis Chamblee, SMU Athletics Public Relations

    

July 29, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (SMU/The American) – Avery AckerKaroline Skatteboe and Nate Lammons were each honored by the American Athletic Conference with the Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award, league officials announced. The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards recognize a student-athlete of junior standing or higher in each conference-sponsored sport for academic credentials, athletic accolades and volunteer service. The 22 award winners were selected by the conference’s Academic Affairs Committee.


Acker, the award winner in volleyball, finished the year with a 3.95 GPA while majoring in accounting with minors in biological sciences and chemistry. She finished her junior year ranked third in the country with 1,413 assists, a league record and third all-time in a season at SMU. She was an All-America honorable mention selection for the second time in her career after leading the SMU volleyball team to a school-record 26 wins. She was also named to the Capital One Academic All-America team, serves on the FCA Leadership Team, and participates in community service opportunities with Highland Park United Methodist Church.


“This is another great honor for Avery. She has worked so incredibly hard in every facet of being a student-athlete,” said Lisa Seifert, SMU volleyball head coach. “Needless to say, I am incredibly proud of her and feel blessed to be able to coach her for another season.”


Skatteboe, who is the league’s women’s track and field selection, has a 3.99 GPA and is majoring in management sciences and mathematics with minors in business administration and computer science. She led SMU to back-to-back cross country championships in 2012 and 2013, and helped the Mustangs sweep the championships during their first year in The American with both the indoor and outdoor track and field championships in 2014.


“As a straight-A student, Karoline prides herself on always being excellent in the classroom and on the track,” explained Cathy Casey, SMU track and field and cross country head coach. “In addition, this year she divided her time as one of our team SAAC leaders and devoted hours of her time to giving back to the community. She is truly deserving of this honor.”


She has four all-conference selections, two in cross country and two in track and field, and has earned SMU Academic Honor Roll with high distinction, ranking in the top five percent in five semesters. She was also named to the 2013 and 2015 USTFCCCA All-Academic teams. She serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, is a student representative for the Association of Norwegian Students Studying Abroad, and participates in the Dr. Seuss reading event.


Lammons, who earned the men’s tennis award, posted a 3.84 GPA while majoring in mechanical engineering with minors in mathematics and Spanish. During the 2014-15 season, he led the Mustangs with 24 singles wins as a senior, and was ranked as high as 110 nationally in singles competition. He reached the singles finals of the Jack Kramer Club Invitational in the fall of 2014, and was the 2013 Newcomer of the Year at SMU. Lammons was a four-time selection to the conference all-academic team, and is a member of two engineering honor societies, Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma. He is involved in community service through both the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Boy Scouts of America, in which he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.



Men’s Soccer Awarded American Athletic Conference Team Excellence Accolades
SMU Posts Highest Men’s Soccer GPA In The American

by: Lindsey Olsen, SMU Athletics Public Relations


July 28, 2015

CONFERENCE RELEASE

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (The American/SMU) – 
The SMU men’s soccer team finished the 2014-15 school year with the highest team grade point average of all American Athletic Conference men’s soccer teams, earning itself the Team Academic Excellence Award, league officials announced on Tuesday.

“The SMU Men’s Soccer Program is thrilled to be recognized with the American Athletic Conference Team Academic Excellence Award,” head coach Kevin Hudson said. “This award is a testament to our entire team of student-athletes who are committed to achieving high levels of success on the field and in the classroom.

“This award recognizes the work of the student-athletes, but we want to publicly thank those who support our student-athletes in their academic endeavors. Our academic support staff, professors and entire administration play a major role in the academic success of our student-athletes. The SMU men’s soccer program could not achieve this award without their tireless effort and support.”

The program posted a 3.21 GPA giving it the highest mark of all eight teams in The American. SMU also had an NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team selection in John Lujano following the 2014 season.



SMU Track And Field Earns Academic Accomplishments
Stephanie Kalu and Karoline Skatteboe Named To The USTFCCCA Academic Individual List

by: Curtis Manlapig, SMU Athletics Public Relations

July 28, 2015


DALLAS (SMU) - The US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) has announced that the SMU track and field team, and two of its athletes, Stephanie Kalu and Karoline Skatteboe, has been named to its All-Academic Team and Individual list for the 2014-15 season. 

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic list, the team must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and the student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25. The individual must have qualified for any round of the NCAA Championships in the outdoor season, or was ranked in the top-96 of an individual event or in the top-48 in a relay event during the indoor season.

Kalu, a senior in 2014-15, had success in both the indoor and the outdoor seasons. During the outdoor campaign, she advanced to the NCAA West Regional Qualifier in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay and was named an honorable mention All-American in the 4x100m relay. Kalu and the SMU 4x100m relay team qualified for the NCAA Championships, finishing in 20th place.

Kalu placed third at the AAC Indoor Championships in the 60m.

Skatteboe finished first in the 3,000m steeple at the AAC Outdoor Championships. The rising senior was a member of the second place distance medleyrelay team and had a fourth place finish in the mile at the AAC Indoor Championships.

SMU track and field compiled an overall 3.32 grade point average and defended its title as the AAC Outdoor champions while finishing third in Indoor. Mustang cross country also enjoyed a successful season finishing third in the conference.




Burgess Named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar
Rising senior among 206 honorees
by: Zachary Balside, SMU Athletics Public Relations
July 22, 2015

DALLAS (SMU) -
 SMU golfer Ryan Burgess was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America scholar, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced today.


For a Division I collegiate golfer to receive the honor, an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50 percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke average of 76.0 or below and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20.


Burgess began his 2014-15 campaign in March after missing the fall season due to injury. His best finish came at the Robert Kepler Invitational, where he tied for 13th at 4-over par. Burgess, a native of Rancho Santa Fe, California, played a crucial role for SMU in the NCAA Championships, carding a 1-under 71 in the third round to help the Mustangs advance to the final round of stroke play and finish 14th overall.


Burgess has played in 26 total events for SMU, and posted his best career finish in his first collegiate event, tying for ninth at the Gopher Invitational in 2012. 


Dishkova Announced As 2015 ITA Scholar Athlete
This is the third consecutive year the rising senior has been named this honor

by: Curtis Manlapig, SMU Athletics Public Relations

July 21, 2015

DALLAS (SMU) -- SMU women's tennis player, rising senior Hristina Dishkova, was named a 2015 ITA Scholar Athlete, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Monday. 

It is the third consecutive year that Dishkova has received the honor.

In order to be recognized as an ITA Scholar Athlete, the player must have a minimum grade point average of 3.50 for the current academic year, be a

letterwinnerand must be enrolled at their school for at least two semesters.

Dishkova had a breakout season for the Mustangs as she was named to the All-American Athletic Conference team. The native of Germany finished with 22 singles victories and was part of a doubles pairing with Holly Verner that broke the school record with 26 wins.


You can read the full list of ITA Scholar Athletes here



Lammons, Nettlefold Receive ITA Scholar-Athlete Recognition
Players with a GPA of 3.50 or above honored for efforts in classroom

by: Zachary Balside, SMU Athletics Public Relations

 

July 20, 2015

DALLAS (SMU) – Rising senior Nate Lammons and sophomore Charles Nettlefold both earned ITA Scholar-Athlete status, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association has announced.

In order to receive this honor, both players earned varsity letters for the 2014-15 season, maintained a grade point average of 3.50 or above.

Lammons had a strong junior season that included being ranked as high as 110th nationally in singles. He led the team with 24 singles wins, including a 16-5 mark in the spring. Lammons also reached the singles final at the Jack Kramer Club Invitational in the fall. In doubles, he paired with 
Arkadijs Slobodkins to go 15-6 with a 13-4 record at the No. 2 position. He and Slobodkins began dual match play with a 12-0 record.

Nettlefold, competing in his first collegiate season, went 11-8 overall in singles, including a five-match unbeaten streak to begin the spring. The Melbourne, Australia, native totaled nine wins at the No. 6 spot for SMU. 


Page Named WGCA All-American Scholar

by: Zachary Balside, SMU Athletics Public Relations

July 6, 2015


DALLAS (SMU/WGCA) - SMU rising junior Katie Page was listed among the 758 women's collegiate golfers given All-American Scholar status by the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) today.

The minimum cumulative GPA required to receive recognition is 3.50.  Page played in five tournaments for the Mustangs in the 2014-15 campaign, posting an average score of 75.51. Page played in all eight tournaments in her freshman season (2013-14), recording a career-best ninth-place finish at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational.

The full list of honorees is available here



Five Mustangs Earn CSCAA Scholar All-America Honors

by: Lindsey Olsen, SMU Athletics Public Relations

July 1, 2015

CSCAA RELEASE

DALLAS (CSCAA/SMU) – 
The SMU swimming and diving programs placed five student-athletes on College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Teams, including Marne Erasmus and Nathalie Lindborg, who earned first-team honors. Ursa BezanMadeline Wainman and Tyler Rauth also earned honorable mention accolades.

To be selected to the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, swimmers and divers must have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and have participated in their respective NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship. Honorable mention selections have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a “B” time standard or competed at their respective qualifying meets.

Erasmus and Lindborg were members of SMU’s 2015 NCAA team, both achieving All-America status. Erasmus earned a pair of honors in the 100-yard butterfly and the 400-yard medley relay, which she also accomplished at the 2014 Championship. She also competed as a member of the 200-free and 200-medley relays. Lindborg served on all three of the Mustangs’ NCAA Championship relay teams, picking up All-America honors in the 400-medley. She also met “B” standards in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyles.

This is the third-straight season that Lindborg has been recognized as a Mustang. During the 2013 and 2014 seasons, she was an honorable mention selection.

Bezan, Wainman and Rauth were recognized as honorable mention selections, making it the second-consecutive season Bezan and Rauth earned the nod.

On the women’s side, Bezan posted “B” cut times in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles and 200-yard backstroke, while Wainman competed in all three diving disciplines at the NCAA Zone D Qualifier earning her highest finish in platform.

Rauth represented the Mustang men as an honorable mention selection, posting “B” standards in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly. He was also part of the 400-medley relay team that reached the provisional standard.

Both the Mustang men and women earned team Scholar All-America honors on Tuesday, with the men ranking in the top 10 of all men’s programs in the nation. Check SMUMustangs.com for updates on the 2015-16 season.


Mustang Swimming And Diving Teams Repeat As Scholar All-America Squads

SMU Men Place In Top 10 Of All Division I


by: Lindsey Olsen, SMU Athletics Public Relations

June 30, 2015

DALLAS (CSCAA/SMU) – The SMU men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs were named 2015 Spring Scholar All-America programs, with the men’s team breaking into the top 10 of all Division I men’s programs. The College Swimming Coaches Association of America announced the award winners on Tuesday.

The Mustang men posted a 3.42 grade point average during the spring semester placing them behind only six teams out of 92 men’s programs honored. On the women’s side, SMU posted a 3.46 and was one of 172 teams earning recognition. Both teams improved their GPA’s from the fall semester.

To be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a grade point average of 3.00 or higher over the spring semester. For a full list of teams click here.

The CSCAA will also recognize individual student-athletes as Scholar All-Americans for their performances in the classroom and competition at a later date.




Greenbauer, Nelson, Sanders Receive NFF Hampshire Honor Society Membership

by: Brad Sutton, SMU Athletics Public Relations

DALLAS (SMU/NFF) -- Three SMU Mustangs football players have been named members of the 2015 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today. Defensive back Hayden Greenbauer, wide receiver Stephen Nelson and linebacker Stephon Sanders were all honored.

The honor society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. Honorees also had to be a starter or significant contributor in their last year of eligibility. A total of 817 players from 278 schools qualified for membership in the society's ninth year, setting a new record for the number of schools represented in the history of the program, which began in 2007.

"We continue to raise the bar each year for the number of student-athletes who qualify for membership in the Hampshire Honor Society," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "The Hampshire Honor Society plays an important role in highlighting that college football players clearly play a leadership role in the classroom as well as on the playing field. We congratulate each of these young men for their commitment to excellence."

Greenbauer, a San Antonio native, started all 12 games for the Mustangs in 2014, leading the team in tackles with 79. Greenbauer had a season-best nine tackles on three occasions, and also notched an interception and two fumble recoveries.

Nelson, a native of Beaverton, Oregon, made eight starts and ranked third on the team in both receptions (28) and receiving yards (200). He was also nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy, given to the nation's top walk-on or former walk-on.

Sanders, who hails from Mesquite, started the first 11 games for SMU in 2014, serving as defensive team captain in each game. He ranked second on the team with 70 tackles and led with eight tackles for loss. Sanders was also chosen to play in the 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

SMU had two players named to the 2014 NFF Hampshire Honor Society -- linebacker Randall Joyner and wide receiver Ryan Walker.


SMU Student-Athletes Recognized At Honors Convocation and Awards Extravaganza

by Travis Chamblee, SMU Athletics Public Relations

16 student-athletes earned awards from the University
April 14, 2015

DALLAS (SMU) - SMU held its annual Honors Convocation, and 13 student-athletes, representing 11 of SMU's 17 varsity sports, were recognized. The University also held its Awards Extravaganza where SMU faculty, staff, administrators and students were recognized with teaching awards, service honors and the University's highest commendation, the "M" Award.

Three student-athletes were honored at the Awards Extravaganza, with volleyball senior Caroline Young receiving the Presidential Award of Excellence Scholar-Athlete Award. Chantelle Conley, rowing, and Cameron Smith, football, earned Sheri Mooney Memorial Scholarship Awards from the Office of the Chaplain.

Below are the student-athletes recognized at the Honors Convocation:


Football:
Andrew McCleneghen - University Honors Program

Men's Tennis:
Nate Lammons - University Honors Program

Women's Golf:
Alex Celli - Tau Sigma

Volleyball:
Avery Acker - Beta Gamma Sigma

Men's Soccer:
John Lujano - Mortar Board

Women's Soccer:
Katie Anne Head - Mortar Board
Taylor Barg - Tau Beta Pi

Men's Swimming:
Nicholas Hook - Tau Beta Pi
Ramom Melo - The Civil and Environmental Engineering Award for Excellence in Design

Women's Swimming and Diving:
Rachel Balke - University Honors Program
Elizabeth Krane - Beta Gamma Sigma, Alpha Chi, Robert Stewart Hyer Society
Natalie Schauwecker - University Honors Program, Outstanding Accounting Major

Cross Country/Track & Field:
Karoline Skatteboe - Omega Rho

 

Nine Mustangs Named to NCEA All-Academic
SMU With Four On the All-Academic First Team
by Justin Trujillo

April 15, 2015

DALLAS (SMU/NCEA) -- The SMU equestrian team had five members named to the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Academic First or Second Team, announced the organization on Wednesday. Additionally, two were named to the honorable mention and nine riders made the honor roll.

A rider must have competed in 20 percent of the team's meets and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 for first team honors. For second team, a rider must have competed in 60 percent of competitions while maintaining a 3.25. Honorable mention is 50 percent of the meets and a 3.0 GPA. The NCEA Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes with a cumulative 3.25 GPA.

The 2015 NCEA Championship is April 16-18 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. The Mustangs are the eighth-seed and take on No. 9 Kansas State in the opening round.

BEVAL SADDLERY ACADEMIC AWARDS 
First Team
Sylvia de Toledo
Schaefer Raposa
Emma Roberts
Courtney Line

Second Team
Greer Hindle

Honorable Mention
Hannah McCain
Jaclyn White

LA HACIENDA HONOR ROLL
Honor Roll
Sylvia de Toledo
Schaefer Raposa
Emma Roberts
Courtney Line
Greer Hindle
Hannah McCain
Jaclyn White
Kendall Skreden
Melissa Major



Thirty Student-Athletes Recognized On SMU Honor Roll
by Travis Chamblee, SMU Athletics Public Relations

Honor Roll students rank in the top 15 percent of their respective college

DALLAS (SMU) - SMU announced the Fall 2014 Honor Roll, which recognizes the top 15 percent of students in each college, and 30 student-athletes achieved the honor, representing 15 of SMU's 17 varsity athletics programs.


Fourteen student-athletes earned Honor Roll with High Distinction, ranking in the top five percent of their school, including five student-athletes with 4.0 GPAs. Nine student-athletes were listed among student with Distinction, ranking in the top 10 percent of their school, and seven student-athletes were on the Honor Roll, ranking in the top 15 percent of their school. In all, 826 of SMU's 6,271 undergraduate students were listed on the Honor Roll, with 285 meeting the criteria for Honor Roll with High Distinction, 289 meeting the criteria for Honor Roll with Distinction, and 288 meeting the criteria for Honor Roll.


Honor Roll with High Distinction

Avery Acker – Volleyball

Nicholas Avantino – Football

Andrew Buchanan – Men’s Golf

Sylvia De Toledo – Equestrian

Sophi Farid – Rowing

Nicholas Hook – Men’s Swimming

Jessica Jancose – Rowing

Anthony Jeffries – Men’s Soccer

Benjamin Joseph – Men’s Soccer

Kyra Kondis – Women’s Swimming

Elizabeth Krane – Women’s Swimming

Natalie Schauwecker – Women’s Swimming

Julianne Scheidler – Volleyball

Karoline Skatteboe – Track and Field/Cross Country

Honor Roll with Distinction

William Barns – Football

Ursa Bezan – Women’s Swimming

Matthew Colket – Men’s Swimming

Hristina Dishkova – Women’s Tennis

Elena Fayner – Women’s Tennis

Melissa Major – Equestrian

Eki Olumese – Rowing

Julie Vanderhout – Track and Field/Cross Country

Marie Elena Villamil – Women’s Golf

Honor Roll

Hayden Corley – Men’s Swimming

Kelsey Gorney – Women’s Soccer

Lauren Harrington – Women’s Soccer

Nate Lammons – Men’s Tennis

Rachael Larson – Women’s Soccer

Will Smith – Men’s Soccer

Garrett Welch – Men’s Soccer


Swimming And Diving Teams Named CSCAA Scholar All-America Teams

Programs Earn Recognition For Third Consecutive Year

Feb. 24, 2015

DALLAS (SMU) -- The SMU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were both named 2014 Fall Scholar All-America Teams by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), the organization announced on Tuesday.

The Fall Team Scholar All American award, supported by Nike Swim, is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, who have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the fall semester/quarter.

The men’s team, under the guidance of head coach Eddie Sinnott qualified with a 3.30 GPA, the 14th-highest of any Division I program.  Read the full list of men’s Scholar All-America Teams here.

The women’s team, led by head coach Steve Collins, had a team GPA of 3.44, which is tied for 33rd in all of Division I.  See the full list of women’s Scholar All-America Teams here.  

 

 

 

 

Student Athletes Achieve Academic Honors

Fall 2014 Awards


SPORT STUDENT ATHLETE
MAJOR COLLEGE HONORS
Volleyball Acker,Kristin Avery ACCT-BBA Cox High Distinct
Football Avantino,Nicholas UNDEC-DCI UAC High Distinct
Golf-Men Buchanan,Andrew Dean FINA-BBA Cox High Distinct
Equestrian Team De Toledo,Sylvia Sofia ECO-BA and FINA-BBA Dedman and Cox High Distinct
Rowing Farid,Sophi Isabella UNDEC-DCI UAC High Distinct
Swimming-Men Hook,Nicholas Thomas ME-BSME Lyle High Distinct
Rowing Jancose,Jessica Marie UNDEC-DCI UAC High Distinct
Soccer-Men Jeffries,Anthony Jacob ECO-BA and HIST-BA Dedman High Distinct
Soccer-Men Joseph,Benjamin Charles UNDEC-DCI UAC High Distinct
Swimming-Women Kondis,Kyra Nicole UNDEC-DCI UAC High Distinct
Swimming-Women Krane,Elizabeth Wyatt FINA-BBA and ECO-BA Cox and Dedman High Distinct
Swimming-Women Schauwecker,Natalie Marie-Rose ACCT-BBA and BIOLSC-BS Cox and Dedman High Distinct
Volleyball Scheidler,Julianne Marie APSM-BS and BUSN-BBA Simmons and Cox High Distinct
Track Skatteboe,Karoline Egeland MGTSCI-BS and MATH-BS Lyle and Dedman High Distinct

Football Barns,William Martindale MGTSCI-BS and MATH-BS Lyle and Dedman Distinct
Swimming-Women Bezan,Ursa APSM-BS Simmons Distinct
Swimming-Men Colket,Matthew Hamilton MGMT-BBA Cox Distinct
Tennis-Women Dishkova,Hristina MKTG-BBA Cox Distinct
Tennis-Women Fayner,Elena FINA-BBA and FREN-BA Cox and Dedman Distinct
Equestrian Team Major,Melissa Alexandra FINA-BBA Cox Distinct
Rowing Olumese,Ekiomoado Agnes UNDEC-DCI UAC Distinct
Track Vanderhout,Julianna Billiard FINA-BBA Cox Distinct
Golf-Women Villamil Rodriguez,Maria Elena CS-BS and MATH-BS Lyle and Dedman Distinct

Swimming-Men Corley,John Hayden BUSN-BBA Cox Honors
Soccer-Women Gorney,Kelsey Denise APSM-BS Simmons Honors
Soccer-Women Harrington,Lauren Leigh ACCT-BBA Cox Honors
Tennis-Men Lammons,Nathaniel J. ME-BSME Lyle Honors
Soccer-Women Larson,Rachael Alicia APSM-BS Simmons Honors
Soccer-Men Smith, Will Erick FINA-BBA Cox Honors
Soccer-Men Welch,Garrett Wade UNDEC-DCI UAC Honors






Dechambeau finds symmetry in physics, college golf

by Andy Zunz


Bryson Dechambeau, a junior at SMU, has used a "unique" swing to become one of the top players in college golf.

Bryson Dechambeau, a junior at SMU, has used a "unique" swing to become one of the top players in college golf. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Bryson Dechambeau could barely turn his neck to see the PowerPoint slides as he elaborated on the finer points of proton decay.

That’s right, proton decay. Just three days after the SMU junior smoked it 348 yards off the tee to win the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic long drive contest, he delivered a speech that he prepared for more than a month to 12 students in a particle physics classroom.

Dechambeau, you see, isn’t just majoring in golf. He picked physics in order to more intimately learn the mechanics of the golf swing. It’s pretty heady stuff for one of college golf’s top players but that’s the life he leads – a life that includes minors in economics and math too – and it’s beginning to catch up to him. A day after his moonshot, Dechambeau ended up withdrawing from the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic with a strained trapezius muscle.

"Being under a lot of stress with school and playing a lot of golf has all built up and my trap gave out and said 'See you later,' " Dechambeau explained.

Injuries aside, Sir Isaac Newton would certainly approve of how the 21-year-old from Clovis, Calif., with the inquisitive mind is combining his study of physics to become better at hitting a little white ball into a hole.

"Initially, it was because of golf. I loved understanding and figuring out how the golf ball moves through the air, how the dynamic of the golf swing works and how all the different types of motions contribute to the golf swing,” Dechambeau said.

Introductory courses turned into upper-level and even graduate-level courses, and now Dechambeau finds himself studying less practical theory. He’s balancing about 16 credit hours per semester with his practice schedule and workout regimen. But his enthusiasm hasn’t wavered.

"You never want to tell a kid not to shoot for being great. That's all it is with him. He wants to challenge himself,” said SMU head coach Jason Enloe. “He has different interests than a normal college kid. He's trying to gain as much knowledge as he can. For someone of a lesser intellect than Bryson, it might have been tougher, but he's really smart and has the passion."

Mike Schy, who has worked with Dechambeau since the age of 11, said that he’ll receive phone calls at 12:30 in the morning, with his student on the other line readying to leave the library.

"His management of his time has to be pretty precise,” said Schy. “Honestly, I couldn't imagine doing what he's doing at this point with his golf and his schooling."

Dechambeau hasn’t let his need to hit the books limit his play. He loaded his summer schedule with amateur events across the world, hoping to bolster his World Amateur Golf Ranking. It may have been too much. At one point, he competed in six events in six weeks, traveling from the Northeast to California. He also contributed to the U.S. winning side at the World Amateur Team Championship in Japan.

"I wanted to test the limits of my game,” he said. “I definitely figured out what I can and can't do in regards to my body.”

Part of that learning process included his neck injury on the range in El Paso two weeks ago. Dechambeau said that the stress of school, the ins and outs of traveling and an irregular workout schedule caused the injury. It was all just a matter of time.

Healed and hitting balls again, Dechambeau learned that the route to a higher ranking runs through wins, not top 10s. He plans on lightening his load next summer.

The schedule will change, but Dechambeau’s swing will not.

One day a teenage Dechambeau told Schy that he wanted to solve his swing for good.

He was hoping to avoid a potential swing change as a PGA Tour golfer years down the line. Schy tossed him The Golfing Machine and told him to get to work.

And that he did. Dechambeau buried his nose in the book, which has been called one of the most controversial volumes on golf instruction, and studied it with fervor. The book, which reads more like a textbook than a how-to guide, developed a cult-like following throughout the years, collecting support from the likes of Steve Elkington and Bobby Clampett and doubt from the likes of Hal Sutton.

“It explained different motions of the golf swing – different acceptable motions on different planes with different variations. There are 144 total combinations. It was kind of like a recipe, I said 'OK, I want that, that and that,' and I started working on it,” said Dechambeau.

The result was what Schy calls a completely unique, single-plane swing, something that draws comparisons to the late Canadian legend Moe Norman. Dechambeau does not shy from comparisons to the game’s greats. He picked up a Ben Hogan-style hat as a 13-year-old and, after winning his next event, donned one on the course ever since.

"(Bryson)'s the only one in the world who swings his hands and his club on one plane throughout the whole swing,” said Schy. “It doesn't shift up or down, it stays on the same plane line.

“Having variable-length golf clubs, and having variable swing planes, and then being a perfectionist, it would drive you insane.”

So Schy and Dechambeau experimented, drawing the conclusion that the swing could not work with variable-length clubs. He carries three different lengths of club in his bag, with his sand wedge through 3-iron measuring to about the length of a 7-iron.

"It’s a theoretical swing that no one has really done,” Dechambeau said. “It's a theory that hasn't really been proven yet, it hasn't been used on the PGA Tour to any extent."

Dechambeau, a proven amateur player having won the 2013 Trans-Miss Championship and two collegiate tournaments, hopes to change that soon.

"Yes, it's a theory, but it's worked pretty dang well for me so far."

Who's going to argue with a physics major?

Lujano Named NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team
Junior Was Also First-Team All-AAC, Second Team All-Region
 
 
Dec. 17, 2014
 
SCHOLAR ALL-AMERICA TEAMS
 
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (NSCAA/SMU) – Junior John Lujano was named to the 2014 NSCAA Men’s Scholar All-America Second Team, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced on Wednesday.

Lujano, a junior from McPherson, Kansas, has a 3.70 grade point average and is majoring in Civil Engineering and Mathematics. On the field, Lujano was named to the NSCAA East Region Second Team, and was an All-American Athletic Conference First Team selection.

He started all 18 matches for the Mustangs in 2014, scoring four goals off of penalty kicks to tie him for first on the all-time SMU list for PK’s made in a season. Lujano helped SMU to a 10-6-2 record and an appearance in the AAC semifinals.

In three seasons with the Mustangs, Lujano has played in 55 games logging 4,761 minutes of action.

In addition, Lujano was also a selection to the All-South Region First Team.

 

Lujano is also a tutor of CEE, Math, and ME at SMU's Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center.




Acker Named To Capital One Academic All-America® Team
The junior receives second team honors with a 3.95 GPA
 
 
Dec. 11, 2014

 

AUSTIN, Texas (CoSIDA/SMU) – Avery Acker earned the distinction of being selected to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Volleyball Second Team as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). A total of 18 student-athletes comprise the three teams honored by the voters.

The junior, who was previously named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 team for the second consecutive year, carries a 3.95 GPA in business. Acker is the first Mustang in program history to be selected for this honor.

The two-time All-American Athletic Conference First Team selection finished third in the nation with 1,413 assists, third most in a season at SMU, and was seventh in the nation with 11.68 assists per set, seventh in a season at SMU. She recorded a career-high 62 assists against New Mexico, and tallied 48 in a three-set victory at Houston, the most in three sets by an SMU setter since 2004.

The Poth, Texas, native, had a league-high 902 assists in conference play, averaging 11.71 per set, setting records in the AAC for assists for both overall and against conference opponents. She had a league-high 26 double-doubles, including 17 against the American opponents. She was second on the team with 393 digs, ranking 13th in the league with 3.33 per set.

The Mustangs set season records for wins, 26, wins at home, 15, home win percentage, .938 (15-1), overall win percentage, .813 (26-6), and season attendance, 8,625, averaging a record 539 fans per match. SMU finished second in The American for the second straight season, matching Temple with a 15-5 record in league play, won a program-record 11 consecutive matches, including a 3-2 win against then-No. 24 Oklahoma, the first victory over a ranked opponent in program history, and received votes in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll for three weeks, earning votes in the poll for the first time.

To be eligible for Capital One Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic status at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Division I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.




Mustangs Earn NSCAA Academic Team Award

SMU Receives Honor For Fourth Straight Year
 
Nov. 24, 2014

 
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (SMU) – The SMU women's soccer team received the NSCAA Academic Team Award, the organization announced Monday.  

To receive the recognition, a team must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher during the 2013-14 academic year.  The NSCAA annually recognizes college programs that have excelled in the classroom, in addition to their work on the field.

SMU has now earned the award four straight years and every year under head coach Chris Petrucelli.

This season, the Mustangs finished 7-14 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference Championship.  Freshman Claire Oates was named the conference’s rookie of the year after leading the team in goals with six.  SMU is now 25-31-5 in three years with Petrucelli at the helm.




Acker Named To CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team

by Travis Chamblee, SMU Athletics Public Relations

Junior setter receives honor for second straight season

Nov. 8, 2014

DALLAS (SMU) - Avery Acker was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 First Team, earning the honor for the second consecutive season. The junior setter is one of six first team selections from District 7, one of seven districts across the country, with a 3.95 GPA in business and accounting.

Acker lead the American Athletic Conference and is seventh in the NCAA, averaging 11.61 assists per set. She has 1,091 assists this season, including a career-high 62 in a five-set win against New Mexico. She also had 48 assists in a three-set win at Houston, the most by an SMU setter in a three-set match since Jessica Mihm had 50 against Cal Poly in 2004.

The Poth, Texas, native is second on the team with 301 digs, and has a league-high 20 double-doubles in 25 matches. A team captain for the second season, Acker has helped lead the Mustangs to a 20-5 record, including a program-best 11 match winning streak. The string of victories included a 3-2 win over then-No. 24 Oklahoma, the first win against a ranked opponent in program history. The Mustangs also received votes for three consecutive weeks, gaining votes in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll for the first time.

SMU is currently 20-5 overall and 9-4 in The American. The Mustangs have seven regular-season matches remaining, including a home match against Cincinnati in Moody Coliseum Sunday at 1 p.m.

 
Mustang Student-Athletes Earn 215 All-AAC Academic Honors

by Justin Trujillo, SMU Athletics Public Relations

Aug. 6, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (SMU) - American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco announced Wednesday that SMU student-athletes earned 215 All-AAC Academic honors.

To earn the accolade all nominees must have participated in an American-sponsored sport, carry a 3.0 GPA for the preceding academic year and completed two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters of academic work. 

Leading the way for the Mustangs was the women's track and field program with 38 players on the list. Close behind was the football team with 29 student-athletes and the men's swimming and diving team with 22.

Kevin

Dunleavy

Men's Basketball 

Jonathan

Wilfong

Men's Basketball 

Shawn 

Williams

Men's Basketball

Krystal

Johnson

Women's Basketball 

Raven

Short 

Women’s Basketball

Mallory

Singelton 

Women’s Basketball

Holly 

Archer

Women's Cross Country 

Tova

Magnusson

Women's Cross Country 

Caitlin

Keen

Women's Cross Country 

Agnes

Sjostrom

Women's Cross Country 

Karoline

Skatteboe

Women's Cross Country 

Melanie

Stemper

Women's Cross Country 

Claire

Trotter

Women's Cross Country 

Julie

Vanderhour

Women's Cross Country 

Lauren

Zabeleta

Women's Cross Country 

Holly

Archer

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Lucija

Cvitanovic

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Yewanda

Dada

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Lisa

Egarter 

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Stephanie

Kalu

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Cailtin

Keen

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Virgina

Kennedy

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Tova

Magnusson

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Helena

Perez 

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Rachel 

Scruggs

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Agnes

Sjostrom

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Karoline

Skatteboe

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Melanie

Stemper

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Katie

Thompson

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Courtney 

Tibbetts

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Claire

Trotter

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Julie 

Vanderhout

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Craishia

Washington

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Lauren

Zabaleta 

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Holly

Archer

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Lucija

Cvitanovic

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Yewanda

Dada

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Lisa

Egarter 

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Stephanie

Kalu

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Cailtin

Keen

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Virginia

Kennedy

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Tova

Magnusson

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Helena

Perez 

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Rachel 

Scruggs

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Agnes

Sjostrom

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Karoline

Skatteboe

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Melanie

Stemper

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Katie

Thompson

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Courtney 

Tibbetts

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Claire

Trotter

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Julie 

Vanderhout

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Craishia

Washington

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Lauren

Zabaleta 

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field 

Thomas

Ashcraft

Football 

Beau

Barnes

Football 

William

Barns

Football 

Marco

Barrientos

Football 

Troy

Castle

Football 

Christian

Chamagua

Football 

Dylan

Dickman

Football 

Benjamin

Esterer

Football 

Zachary

Farni

Football 

Hayden

Greenbauer

Football 

Chase

Hover

Football 

Benjamin

Hughes

Football 

Randall

Joyner

Football 

Garrett

Krstich

Football 

Andrew

McCleneghen

Football 

Seaver

Myers

Football 

Stephen

Nelson

Football 

Christopher

Parks

Football 

Conner

Preston

Football 

Cody

Rademacher

Football 

Taylor

Reich

Football 

Stephon

Sanders

Football 

James

Scott

Football 

Luke

Seeker

Football 

Cameron

Smith

Football 

Aaron

Stafford

Football 

Der'Rikk

Thompson

Football 

Jordan

Tobolka

Football 

Ryan

Walker

Football 

Bryson

Dechambeau

Men’s Golf 

Rafael

Aregger

Men’s Golf 

Andrew

Buchanan

Men’s Golf 

Ryan

Burgess

Men’s Golf 

Harry

Higgs

Men’s Golf 

Jeffrey

Lee

Men’s Golf 

Austin

Smotherman

Men’s Golf 

Kimberly

Beers

Women’s Golf 

Jenny

Haglund

Women’s Golf 

Katie

Page

Women’s Golf 

Jennifer

Park

Women’s Golf 

Caitlin

Pisciotta

Women’s Golf 

Alexandra

Rossi

Women’s Golf 

Maria Elena

Villamil

Women’s Golf 

Melanie

White

Women’s Golf 

Loni

Albrecht

Women’s Rowing 

Hanna

Axene

Women’s Rowing 

Allison

Buchanan

Women’s Rowing 

Chantelle

Conley

Women’s Rowing 

Dominique

Conley

Women’s Rowing 

Colleen

Costello

Women’s Rowing 

Mackenzie

Daly

Women’s Rowing 

Christine

Freeman

Women’s Rowing 

Stephanie

Gentile

Women’s Rowing 

Maggie

Jones

Women’s Rowing 

Laura

Kade

Women’s Rowing 

Katrina

Kerrigan

Women’s Rowing 

Lauren

Moore

Women’s Rowing 

Julia

Neppl

Women’s Rowing 

Molly

O'Connell

Women’s Rowing 

Jonnie

Parmer

Women’s Rowing 

Rebekah

Tate

Women’s Rowing 

Ryan

Brown

Men’s Soccer 

Marco

Carrizales

Men’s Soccer 

Stanton

Garcia

Men’s Soccer 

Trevor

Hubbard

Men’s Soccer 

Anthony

Jeffries

Men’s Soccer 

Benjamin

Joseph

Men’s Soccer 

John

Lujano

Men’s Soccer 

Andrew

Morales

Men’s Soccer 

Michael

Nelson

Men’s Soccer 

Eddie

Puskarich

Men’s Soccer 

Max

Rockwell

Men’s Soccer 

Will

Smith

Men’s Soccer 

Caleb

Underwood

Men’s Soccer 

Abdul

Yassine

Men’s Soccer 

Amelia

Ambrose

Women's Soccer 

Taylor

Barg

Women's Soccer 

Jessica

Bartol

Women's Soccer 

Mallory

Baum

Women's Soccer 

Lauryn

Bodden

Women's Soccer 

Olivia

Elliott

Women's Soccer 

Briana

Gaines

Women's Soccer 

Kelsey

Gorney

Women's Soccer 

Taylor

Jackson

Women's Soccer 

Bari

Kesner

Women's Soccer 

Rachael

Larson

Women's Soccer 

Lissi

Lonsberry

Women's Soccer 

Brooke

O'Hare

Women's Soccer 

Gabrielle

Petrucelli

Women's Soccer 

Shelby

Redman

Women's Soccer 

Taylor

Robinson

Women's Soccer 

Courtney

Smith

Women's Soccer 

Sara

Watson

Women's Soccer 

Gabriel

Andonie

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Giedrius

Andriunaitis

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Devin

Burnett

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Ramom

Carvalho Melo

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Thomas

Colket

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Matthew

Colket

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

John

Corley

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Nicolai

Hansen

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Hayden

Hodges

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Nicholas

Hook

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Bryce

Klein

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Ryan

Koops

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Pablo

Lara

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Parker

Meinecke

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Matthew

Napier-Jameson

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Braeden

Newton

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Daniel

Pitts

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Tyler

Rauth

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Matthew

Roney

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Mindaugas

Sadauskas

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Mitchell

Towne

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Tucker

Wells

Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Isabella

Arcila

Women's Swimming and Diving 

Rachel

Balke

Women's Swimming and Diving 

Ursa

Bezan

Women's Swimming and Diving 

Samantha

Butz

Women's Swimming and Diving 

Sky

Corbett-Methot

Women's Swimming and Diving 

Lexi

Farrar

Women's Swimming and Diving 

Caitlin

Gutschenritter

Women's Swimming and Diving 

Brooke

Jensen

Women's Swimming and Diving 

Elizabeth

Krane

Women's Swimming and Diving 

Lauren

Lamb

Women's Swimming and Diving 

Eleonor

Lindborg

Women's Swimming and Diving 

Nathalie

Lindborg

Women's Swimming and Diving 

Madison

Meyer

Women's Swimming and Diving 

Jordan

Newman

Women's Swimming and Diving 

Rachel

Nicol

Women's Swimming and Diving 

Nicole

Parmenter

Women's Swimming and Diving 

Nina

Rangelova

Women's Swimming and Diving 

Natalie

Schauwecker

Women's Swimming and Diving 

Anna

Volchkov

Women's Swimming and Diving 

Arturs

Kazijevs

Men's Tennis 

Nate

Lammons

Men's Tennis 

Alexander

Leonard

Men's Tennis 

Mischa

Nowicki

Men's Tennis 

Julio

Olaya

Men's Tennis 

Pablo

Perez Esnaola

Men's Tennis 

Tony

Russell

Men's Tennis 

Alex

Sanders

Men's Tennis 

Anna Kate

Anderson

Women's Tennis 

Vaszilisza

Bulgakova

Women's Tennis 

Hristina

Dishkova

Women's Tennis 

Macie

Elliott

Women's Tennis 

Yana

Erkeeva

Women's Tennis 

Elena

Fayner

Women's Tennis 

Shahzodahon

Hatamova

Women's Tennis 

Dasha

Sharapova

Women's Tennis 

Mary

Wright

Women's Tennis 

Avery

Acker

Women's Volleyball 

Carla

Armstrong

Women's Volleyball 

Olivia

Bailey

Women's Volleyball 

Cailin

Bula

Women's Volleyball 

Abbey

Bybel

Women's Volleyball 

Caroline

Daly

Women's Volleyball 

Janelle

Giordano

Women's Volleyball 

Katherine

Hegarty

Women's Volleyball 

Savannah

Myklebust

Women's Volleyball 

Julianne

Scheidler

Women's Volleyball 

Caroline

Young

Women's Volleyball 


Koops, Perez Receive American Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award
By Staff, SMU Athletics Public Relations

Aug. 5, 2014

DALLAS (SMU/AAC) – Two recent SMU graduates received American Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence awards, the conference announced today. Ryan Koops (men’s swimming) and Helena Perez (women’s track and field) each earned the honor.

The award is given to one student-athlete in each American Athletic Conference-sponsored sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades or performances and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes who have attained junior academic standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 are eligible.

Koops, from San Antonio, landed on the all-conference squads for both the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays. Koops was also on the 400-yard medley team that won at the American Short Course Championship. Koops was a four-year letterwinner and led SMU’s 400-yard medley squad to a 14th-place NCAA finish in 2013.

Perez helped lead SMU to its first women’s track and field conference titles in 2014, with the Mustangs sweeping both the indoor and outdoor AAC championships. Perez took first place in the hammer throw at the outdoor championships, and took all-conference honors in both the hammer throw and shot put. Perez also won the indoor conference title in the shot put in 2012. 

 

Mustangs Earn AVCA Team Academic Award For Third Straight Season
SMU begins season Aug. 29; First home matches Sept. 5
By Travis Chamblee, SMU Athletics Public Relations

Aug. 4, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (SMU) - The Mustangs are one of a record-setting 134 NCAA Division I volleyball programs to honored with the AVCA Team Academic Award, earning the accolade for the third straight season. In all, 676 men's and women's high school and college programs achieved at least a 3.3 GPA, the minimum for the award.

"As a program, we strive for excellence both on the court and in the classroom. SMU is an elite educational institution, and to earn an honor like this says a lot about the quality student-athletes we have in our program," head coach Lisa Seifert said. "Dr. Sue Bierman and her academic staff do a great job working with our kids and offering support."

SMU finished with a 3.4 team GPA, led by setter Avery Acker, who scored a 3.9 during her sophomore year in accounting. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that 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.

"Too often athletic participation is associated with academic underachievement and this stereotype is simply false when it comes to volleyball," said AVCA Executive Director Kathy DeBoer. "Couple the smarts represented by these teams with the competitive experience and team-focused training gained on the court and we have a potent formula for future leadership! What a significant contribution that is by their coaches and schools."

 

SMU Earns USTFCCCA Academic Honors Team Receives Award, Four Individuals Recognized
By Zachary Balside, SMU Athletics Public Relations

July 29, 2014

DALLAS (SMU) – The SMU Track and Field team was recognized for their academic excellence by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). SMU received the team scholar award and four individuals were given all-academic honors.

Teams were eligible for academic honors if they held a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Individuals were eligible by boasting a GPA of 3.25 or higher and by ranking in either the top 96 nationally of an individual event (indoor), top 48 of a relay event (indoor) or by participating in any round of the NCAA Division I Championship, including preliminaries (outdoor).

Helena Perez, who finished with a 3.57 GPA, earned all-conference honors in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, winning the hammer throw title in the outdoor event and earning third-place finishes in shot put in both seasons. Perez also took 18th at the NCAA Preliminaries in the hammer throw.

Lisa Egarter ended the year with a 3.47 GPA after advancing to the NCAA Preliminaries in the high jump. She took fifth in the heptathlon at the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships and fourth in the high jump in the indoor league championship. Egarter also won the high jump at the TCU Horned Frog Invitational.

Agnes Sjöström closed her freshman season with a 3.46 GPA. Sjöström won the 5,000-meter run at the AAC Outdoor Championships and second at the 1,500-meter run. She also took second in the 3,000-meter run and third in the 5,000-meter run at the AAC Indoor Championships. Sjöström fought the flu at the NCAA Preliminaries and placed 22nd out of 48 runners in the 5,000-meter run.

Tova Magnusson, who holds a 3.26 GPA in Pre-Med, took 12th at the NCAA Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after winning the event at the AAC Outdoor Championships. For her efforts, Magnusson received Second Team All-America honors.

The Mustangs had a historic 2014 season, winning their first two conference championships in program history. SMU swept the indoor and outdoor AAC titles while the cross country team added a league championship in the fall. 

 

Swimming And Diving Programs Named AAC Team Academic Excellence Award Winners
Both Men And Women Earn Inaugural Honor
By Lindsey Olsen, SMU Athletics Public Relations

July 23, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (American/SMU) – The SMU men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs have earned the inaugural Team Academic Excellence Award for their respective sport, American Athletic Conference officials announced on Wednesday.

Each conference sport honors one team based on the grade-point average of each student-athlete who appeared on an institution’s roster as of the last contest of that sport’s championship segment.

On July 11, both teams also earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America honors, posting a 3.40 team GPA on the women’s side and 3.25 on the men’s side. As individuals, 10 student-athletes were named CSCAA Academic All-Americans.

Nina Rangelova highlighted the selections on the women's side as a first-team honoree, while Isabella Arcila, Ursa Bezan and Nathalie Lindborg earned honorable mention accolades.

On the men's side, six were recognized as honorable mention selections for their work in the classroom including Nicolai Hansen, Bryce Klein, Ryan Koops, Tyler Rauth, Matt Roney and Tucker Wells. Below is a full list of honored teams:

 

Sport

School

Baseball

Cincinnati

Men’s Basketball

Louisville

Women’s Basketball

UCF

Men’s Cross Country

Rutgers

Women’s Cross Country

Memphis

Football

UCF

Men’s Golf

Memphis

Women’s Golf

Louisville

Women’s Rowing

Louisville

Men’s Soccer

Temple

Women’s Soccer

Memphis

Softball

Houston

Men’s Swimming & Diving

SMU

Women’s Swimming & Diving

SMU

Men’s Tennis

Temple

Women’s Tennis

Memphis

Men’s Indoor Track & Field

Louisville

Women’s Indoor Track & Field

Memphis

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field

Rutgers

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

Memphis

Women’s Volleyball

Louisville



SMU Swimmers and Divers Earn CSCAA Individual All-America Honors

Nina Rangelova Earns First Team Honors; Nine Named Honorable Mention
By Staff, SMU Athletics Public Relations

July 14, 2014

DALLAS (SMU) – Ten SMU swimmers and divers were honored by the CSCAA as Scholar All-America selections, the organization announced on Monday, this coming the week after both the men’s and women’s programs were named CSCAA Scholar All-America Teams.

Both the Scholar All-America and honorable mention awards are based on a cumulative or term grade point average of 3.5 and above in the semester of the NCAA Championship, as well as participation in that championship. Divers qualify by competing at their respective championship qualifying meets, zones or NCAA preliminary rounds.

Nina Rangelova highlighted the selections on a the women’s side as a first-team honoree, while Isabella Arcila, Ursa Bezan and Nathalie Lindborg earned honorable mention accolades.

On the men’s side, six were recognized for their work in the classroom including Nicolai Hansen, Bryce Klein, Ryan Koops, Tyler Rauth, Matt Roney and Tucker Wells.

The women’s team compiled a 3.40 GPA for the spring semester, while the men posted a 3.25
 

Swimming And Diving Teams Named CSCAA Scholar All-America Teams
Women Post 3.40 Spring GPA; Men Finish With 3.25

By Staff, SMU Athletics Public Relations


July 11, 2014

DALLAS (SMU) – Both SMU swimming and diving teams posted grade point averages above 3.0 to earn CSCAA Scholar All-America Team honors for the 2014 spring semester, the organization announced on Thursday. The women’s team posted a 3.40, while the men had a 3.25.

The honor, which is supported by Nike Swim, is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams who have posted a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.

On Wednesday, seven swimmers also achieved university honors for the spring semester. Senior Natalie Schauwecker, junior Elizabeth Krane and sophomores Ursa Bezan and Nicholas Hook earned Honor Roll with High Distinction, while graduated senior Jordan Newman and sophomore Bryce Klein earned Honor Roll with Distinction accolades and sophomore Hayden Corley was named to the Honor Roll.

SMU Women’s Tennis Receives ITA Academic Honors
By Zachary Balside, SMU Athletics Public Relations

July 11, 2014

SKILLMAN, N.J. (SMU/ITA) - The SMU women's tennis team and four of its student-athletes have been recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for their academic prowess. Vaszilisza Bulgakova, Hristina Dishkova, Macie Elliott and Yana Erkeeva all received individual honors.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA member program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, or CA JUCO eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2013 and spring 2014).

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman thorough senior year).

All members of the 2014 All-Academic Teams and ITA Scholar-Athletes receive a certificate to recognize the achievement.

A full list of recognized teams and individuals can be found here. 

 

Thirty Student-Athletes Earn Honors Recognition For Spring Term
By Lindsey Olsen, SMU Athletics Public Relations

July 9, 2014

DALLAS (SMU) - Thirty student-athletes earned honors recognitions in the spring semester, the University has announced. SMU awards three levels of honors: Honor Roll with High Distinction (top 5 percent), Honor Roll with Distinction (top 10 percent) and Honor Roll (top 15 percent). The appointments are determined by percentile rank based on cumulative SMU GPA.

The honorees are as follows:

Honor Roll, High Distinction

Avery Acker - Volleyball

Ursa Bezan - Women's Swimming and Diving

Andrew Buchanan - Men's Golf

Sylvia de Toledo - Equestrian

Hristina Dishkova - Women's Tennis

Elena Fayner - Women's Tennis

Nicholas Hook - Men's Swimming and Diving

Anthony Jeffries - Men's Soccer

Benjamin Joseph - Men's Soccer

Elizabeth Krane - Women's Soccer

Natalie Schauwecker - Women's Swimming and Diving

Julianne Scheidler - Volleyball

Karoline Skatteboe - Cross Country/Track and Field

Honor Roll, Distinction

William Barns - Football

Maggie Jones - Rowing

Bryce Klein - Men's Swimming and Diving

Erin Nelson - Equestrian

Jordan Newman - Women's Swimming and Diving

Will Smith - Men's Soccer

Kaitlyn Thomas - Cross Country/Track and Field

Courtney Tibbetts - Track and Field

Maria Elena Villamil - Women's Golf

Honor Roll

Taylor Barg - Women's Soccer

Hayden Corley - Men's Swimming and Diving

Macie Elliott - Women's Tennis

Janelle Giordano - Volleyball

Kelsey Gorney - Women's Soccer

Nate Lammons - Men's Tennis

Rachael Larson - Women's Soccer

Katie Page - Women's Golf

For more information on SMU Honor Roll, click here.

Page, Villamil Named All-American Scholars                     
SMU Places Two On Prestigious List

By Staff, SMU Athletics Public Relations
 
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (WGCA/SMU) - SMU freshman Katie Page and senior Maria Elena Villamil have been named Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars, the WGCA announced today.
 
The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50. This was Villamil's fourth selection, having been honored every season she has played.
 
Page, a native of Louisville, Ky., played in eight tournaments, including each of the last six, in 2013-14, averaging a 76.57. She recorded three rounds at par or better, including a season-low 70 in the final round of the Central District Invitational.
 
Villamil, from Madrid, Spain, played in all 11 tournaments in the 2013-14 campaign, averaging a 75.78. She was the only SMU golfer to play every round each of the last two seasons (21 tournaments). She finished 14th at The American Athletic Conference Championships this season, her top finish of the year.
 


May 16th, 2014

SMU Graduating Student-Athletes Honored During Reception

By Travis Chamblee, SMU Athletics Public Relations

DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU Department of Athletics honored its graduating seniors during a reception on campus Friday. The student-athletes will participate in SMU's Commencement Ceremony Saturday, as part of the first spring graduating class in the newly-renovated Moody Coliseum.

Student-athletes were presented a student-athlete sash by Rick Hart, SMU Director of Athletics, and Paul Rogers, Faculty Athletics Representative. Hart addressed the audience, which included friends and family members of the graduates.

Hart also stated the goal of the athletics department is to prepare students for life. He congratulated the graduates on their accomplishments, and reminded them that they would always have a home and a family in Dallas at SMU.

The graduation recognition reception, which was first started with the December 2013 graduates at SMU, and was designed to honor and thank graduating student-athletes for their service to the university, as well as honor and recognize the graduates for their hard-earned success. 

 

May 7, 2014

Mustangs Earn NCAA Public Recognition Award
SMU one of 66 volleyball programs recognized for academic success

By Travis Chamblee, SMU Athletics Public Relations

INDANAPOLIS (SMU) - The SMU women's volleyball program is one of 66 women's volleyball programs recognized by the NCAA for its success in the classroom. Based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate, SMU women's volleyball earned the NCAA Public Recognition Award for posting scores in the top 10 percent of its sport.

APRs for all Division I teams will be released May 14. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally. Teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason, and they also can face penalties for continued low academic performance.

The 1,049 teams publicly recognized for high achievement represent 631 women's teams and 418 men's or mixed squads. In 2013, 976 teams were recognized.

The scores required to be in the top ten ranged from 980 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport, with the majority of top 10 teams earning a perfect APR.

"Each year, more and more teams are achieving perfect APR scores," said NCAA president Mark Emmert. "We are proud of our member schools' commitment to providing tremendous opportunities for student-athletes so they can succeed on the field, in the classroom, and in life."

In addition to their academic success, the Mustangs went 22-9 and finished second in the American Athletic Conference during the league's inaugural season. Avery Acker, American Athletic Conference Setter of the Year, was named AVCA All-America honorable mention, All-Region honorable mention and earned a first team all-conference selection. She finished the season with a league-best 11.56 assists per set in conference matches, and ranked 25th in the NCAA with 11.21 per set overall.

SMU, which won 10 of its last 11 matches, had a total of five All-American Athletic Conference selections, with Caroline Young and freshman middle blocker Janelle Giordano joining Acker on the first team. Sophomore outside hitters Cailin Bula and Abbey Bybel were selected to the second team. All five players are returning for the 2014 season. 

April 29th, 2014

SMU Student-Athletes Honored at Annual Awards Banquet

By Travis Chamblee, SMU Athletics Public Relations

DALLAS (SMU) - At a banquet honoring the athletic and academic achievements of the 17 sports programs at SMU, the women's tennis team (3.59) and men's tennis team (3.26) had the highest team GPAs, while the women's rowing team was recognized for having the most improved GPA. It was the second straight year in which the men's tennis team boasted the highest GPA. Alice McCall, women's swimming, and Ryan Manuel, men's basketball, earned the Scholar Baller award, which is given to student-athletes who show perseverance and overcome adversity on the quest for academic success.

Women's swimming's Jordan Newman and men's tennis' Mischa Nowicki were awarded the Meyer Brothers Award, which recognizes the male and female senior student-athlete who has the highest cumulative GPA. Newman will graduate in May with degrees in English and psychology, and has posted a 3.917 GPA over her career. In the pool, she helped lead the Mustangs to a top-20 finish at the NCAA Championships. Nicola maintained a 3.632 GPA in accounting and economics while winning nine singles matches this season, taking his career total to 43 wins. 

Maria Elena Villamil earned the Presidential Award of Excellence - Scholar-Athlete, given each year to a graduating senior with at least a 3.5 GPA who has demonstrated outstanding ability on the field and in the classroom. Villamil posted a 3.916 GPA while pursuing degrees in mathematics and computer science. She finished 14th at the inaugural American Athletic Conference women's golf championships, and carded a career-best, two-under 70 in the first round of the Betsy Rawls Invitational.

April 23, 2014

Mustang Student-Athletes Recognized At Honors Convocation
Ten Mustangs Recognized With Distinguished Honors
 

By Lindsay Olsen, SMU Athletics Public Relations

DALLAS (SMU) - Ten SMU student-athletes have been recognized by respective organizations as recipients of university honors. The following student-athletes were recognized at the annual Honors Convocation held this week that recognizes new Honorary Society inductees; Departmental, School and National Fellowship awards; various distinguished scholarships and internships; as well as graduating University Honors Program students.

Mallory Baum (Women's Soccer)
University Honors Program

Caroline Daly (Volleyball)
Distinguished Marketing Major

Julianna Fischer (Equestrian)
Phi Beta Kappa

Trevor Hubbard (Men's Soccer)
Tau Sigma

Ryan Koops (Men's Swimming)
Hamilton Undergraduate Research Scholar 

Nate Lammons (Men's Tennis)
Tau Beta Pi 

Jordan Newman (Women's Swimming)
Phi Beta Kappa 

Julianne Scheidler (Volleyball)
Mortar Board

Will Smith (Men's Soccer)
Beta Gamma Sigma 

Mitchell Towne (Men's Swimming)
Philip H. Solomon Award in World Languages and Literatures: Latin



Nine Mustangs Recognized By NCEA For Academic Success
Julianna Fischer and Emma Roberts Named NCEA First Team All-Academic

April 2, 2014

WACO, Texas (SMU) – Senior Julianna Fischer and junior Emma Roberts were named to the National Collegiate Equestrian Association All-Academic First Team, headlining a group of nine Mustang riders to receive academic accolades from the NCEA on Wednesday. 

Sophomore Schaefer Raposa was named to the Honorable Mention list, while seniors Ramsay Hanson, Lauren Hogan, Renick Townsend and Taylor McClung, junior Rachel Reid and freshman Erin Nelson were also listed on the NCEA Honor Roll.

     Julianna Fischer

     Emma Roberts

Mustangs Place 20 On 2013 American Athletic Conference Football All-Academic Team

Feb. 25, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (The American/SMU) - Commissioner Mike Aresco announced Tuesday the 2013 American Athletic Conference Football All-Academic Team. The 246-member list included 20 Mustang student-athletes.

To be nominated, a player must have a cumulative grade-point index of at least 3.0 and completed a minimum of two consecutive semesters, or three consecutive quarters of academic work, with a total of 18 semester or 27 quarter credits, not including remedial courses.

The Mustangs represented on the 2013 team are listed below. 






SMU (20)

Pos

Cl

Hometown


Thomas Ashcraft

OL

Sr.

Cedar Hill, Texas


Troy Castle

DB

So.

Gig Harbor, Wash.


Dylan Dickman

RB

Fr.

Mckinney, Texas


Ben Esterer

DB

Fr.

Chagrin Falls, Ohio


Alex Faoro

K

Fr.

Fort Worth, Texas


Jeremy Gray

DB

Sr.

Ashburn, Va.


Hayden Greenbauer

DB

Jr.

San Antonio, Texas


Randall Joyner

LB

Sr.

Carrollton, Texas


Garrett Krstich

QB

So.

Carlsbad, Calif.


Taylor Lasecki

OL

So.

Frisco, Texas


Daniel McCarty

OL

Fr.

San Antonio, Texas


Andrew McCleneghen

DL

So.

Plano, Texas


Stephen Neson

WR

Jr.

Beaverton, Ore.


Conner Preston

QB

So.

Gradena, Calif.


Cody Rademacher

K

So.

Austin, Texas


Stephon Sanders

LB

Jr.

Mesquite, Texas


Luke Seeker

RB

So.

Austin, Texas


Aaron Stafford

WR

So.

Fort Worth, Texas


Jordan Tobolka

LS

Fr.

Dallas, Texas


Ryan Walker

WR

Sr.

Southlake, Texas




SMU Women’s Soccer Receives NSCAA Academic Team Award

Nov. 21, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs women's soccer team received the NSCAA Academic Team Award, the organization announced Thursday. SMU has now earned the award three straight years.

To receive the recognition, a team must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Team Academic Award honors a squad's exemplary efforts in the classroom and on the field. A total of 593 women's soccer programs in the nation earned the honor.

This achievement marks another academic honor bestowed upon the Mustangs, after junior Shelby Redman was named to the CoSida Academic All-District team on Oct. 31. Redman also earned second team all-conference honors with Rikki Clarke, while  Taylor Barg landed on the all-freshman team. 




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.

     Yana Erkeeva

     Elena Fayner

     Hristina Dishkova

 

 

 

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
Rangelova Places On Scholar All-America First Team

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.

     Nina Ranelova

     Nicolai Hansen

     Ryan Koops

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.

 

     Mary Alenbratt

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.

 

     Emily Carstens

 

 

 

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

 

     Melanie White

 

 

 

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

 

     Mischa Nowicki

 

 

 

 

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.

     Mary Alenbratt

 

 

 

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.

 

     Julianna Fischer

 

 

 

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




Page, Villamil Named All-American Scholars                      SMU Places Two On Prestigious List   , the WGCA announced today.Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars have been named Maria Elena Villamil and senior Katie Page - SMU freshman CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (WGCA/SMU)   The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50. This was Villamil's fourth selection, having been honored every season she has played.   Page, a native of Louisville, Ky., played in eight tournaments, including each of the last six, in 2013-14, averaging a 76.57. She recorded three rounds at par or better, including a season-low 70 in the final round of the Central District Invitational.   Villamil, from Madrid, Spain, played in all 11 tournaments in the 2013-14 campaign, averaging a 75.78. She was the only SMU golfer to play every round each of the last two seasons (21 tournaments). She finished 14th at The American Athletic Conference Championships this season, her top finish of the year.
Page, Villamil Named All-American Scholars                      SMU Places Two On Prestigious List   , the WGCA announced today.Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars have been named Maria Elena Villamil and senior Katie Page - SMU freshman CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (WGCA/SMU)   The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50. This was Villamil's fourth selection, having been honored every season she has played.   Page, a native of Louisville, Ky., played in eight tournaments, including each of the last six, in 2013-14, averaging a 76.57. She recorded three rounds at par or better, including a season-low 70 in the final round of the Central District Invitational.   Villamil, from Madrid, Spain, played in all 11 tournaments in the 2013-14 campaign, averaging a 75.78. She was the only SMU golfer to play every round each of the last two seasons (21 tournaments). She finished 14th at The American Athletic Conference Championships this season, her top finish of the year.
Page, Villamil Named All-American Scholars                      SMU Places Two On Prestigious List   , the WGCA announced today.Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars have been named Maria Elena Villamil and senior Katie Page - SMU freshman CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (WGCA/SMU)   The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50. This was Villamil's fourth selection, having been honored every season she has played.   Page, a native of Louisville, Ky., played in eight tournaments, including each of the last six, in 2013-14, averaging a 76.57. She recorded three rounds at par or better, including a season-low 70 in the final round of the Central District Invitational.   Villamil, from Madrid, Spain, played in all 11 tournaments in the 2013-14 campaign, averaging a 75.78. She was the only SMU golfer to play every round each of the last two seasons (21 tournaments). She finished 14th at The American Athletic Conference Championships this season, her top finish of the year.