Achievement

Three Programs Earn AAC Team Academic Excellence Awards

IRVING, Texas (The American/SMU) – Three SMU programs earned American Athletic Conference Team Academic Excellence Awards, the league announce Thursday. Cross country, men's soccer and men's swimming and diving were recognized.

The award is given annually to the male and female teams in each conference-sponsored sport with the highest cumulative grade-point-average.

This is the second season that the Mustangs have had three teams honored by league. Women's swimming and diving and rowing joined men's swimming and diving following the 2016-17 season. Since the conference's inception in 2013-14, men's swimming and diving is the only program from any institution to have won the award each season.

Cross country finished the year with a 3.826 overall GPA, with all 10 student-athletes earning at least a 3.6 GPA, including three with a perfect 4.0.

Men's soccer posted a 3.43 team GPA for the 2019-20 season to lead AAC teams, which included a 3.74 mark for the spring term. Individually, Garrett McLaughlin was named a United Soccer Coaches First-Team All-American Scholar and an All-West Region Scholar. Three Mustangs were recognized as part of the SMU Honor Roll.

The swimming and diving program earned back-to-back CSCAA Scholar All-America honors this season, posting a 3.73 GPA this spring, above the fall's 3.28 mark. In addition to team honors, seven individuals earned Scholar All-America accolades, earning a 3.50 GPA or higher, led by first-team selection Peter Smithson. Eight student-athletes were named to the SMU honor roll.

SMU also had 264 student-athletes earn a spot on the conference All-Academic Team. To be eligible for the honor, a nominee must have competed in an American Athletic Conference-sponsored sport, attained a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 for the preceding academic year, 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.

 

See the complete list of student-athleteshere.

 

Miller Named AAC Outdoor Track And Field Scholar-Athlete Of The Year

DALLAS (SMU/The American) – Hannah Miller was named the American Athletic Conference Women's Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, conference officials announced Wednesday.

 

Miller graduated with a degree in Political Science, and finished the 2019-20 academic year with a 3.71 GPA. The New Zealand native is a three-time all-conference honoree in outdoor track and field, and has earned multiple conference all-academic team selections in her career. She won the 5,000m at 2019 outdoor conference championships, but was unable to defend her title as the outdoor season was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

With a gold medal in the 5,000m at the 2020 AAC indoor championships and a runner-up finish in the 3,000m, Miller finished her career with a conference-record 11 medals at the indoor championships. She won a total of three conference championships, and earned all-conference awards in each of her four seasons.

 

After sitting out of the 2019 cross country season to represent New Zealand at the World University Games, Miller started the indoor season with a record-breaking run. She finished the 5,000-meter race in 16:06.14, besting two-time national champion Katie Swords' 23-year old SMU record by nearly 10 seconds (16:15.86).

 

During the indoor season this year, she finished second in the mile at the Leonard Hilton Memorial Invitational in Houston, and posted a runner-up finish in the 3,000m at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational. She finished sixth at Vanderbilt in the 5,000m, 12 seconds behind the first-place finisher in a race that saw each of the top four runners finish faster than the Vanderbilt program record in the event (16:14.30, set in 2014).

 

Miller also earned three all-conference awards in cross country and was the 2017 individual champion. She led her team to the overall league crown in 2016, and competed in three NCAA Championships.

The AAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year is selected by a vote of the conference's Faculty Athletics Representatives from a pool of student-athletes nominated by each league member institution.

 

 

Men’s Golf Awarded GCAA Presidents Special Recognition Honors

NORMAN, Okla. (GCAA/SMU) – The Mustangs earned Presidents Special Recognition Honors from the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) as part of the organization's 2019-20 Outstanding Team Academic Awards.

A total of 250 institutions were honored with GPA's of 3.0 or above, while SMU was one of 95 schools featured at 3.5 and above for special recognition.
 
Individually, Mac Meissner earned Academic All-America Men's At-Large Second-Team honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) this season. Meissner is majoring in finance and boasts a 4.0 GPA. He has twice been named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.
 
Meissner, along with Dawson Ovard and Daniel Connolly, also made SMU Honor Roll lists this academic year. Meissner, with Ovard in the fall, was a two-time Honor Roll with High Distinction awardee, posting a GPA in the top 5% of his school of record. Connolly was named to the Honor Roll, the top 15% in his school of record, in the spring.

 

 

SMU Men's and Women's Tennis Named ITA All-Academic Teams

 

ITA Honors: Men's Team & Scholar-Athletes | Women's Team & Scholar-Athletes

TEMPE, Ariz. (SMU/ITA) – The SMU men's and women's tennis teams were both named 2020 All-Academic Team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association on Monday, while 19 Mustangs earned ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.

SMU women's tennis had seven selected as ITA Scholar-Athletes: Tiffany HollebeckNicole PetcheyEmma PieroniCameron TellerIsabella Tcherkes ZadeKatherine Jakeway and Jackie Nylander.

The men's team had 12 honorees as ITA Scholar-Athletes: Huntley AllenJuan Jose BianchiAndrew BuhelosBlaise FaganJack KiteAvery PennywellGardiner PerottiKyle PhamJordi RedelijkMichael SmithJulian Steinhausen and Jan-Simon Vrbsky.

 

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). The ITA Scholar-Athlete includes those that earned a varsity letter, had a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters.

 

 

Eight Mustangs Named CSCAA Scholar All-Americans

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CSCAA/SMU) – The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) today released its individual Scholar All-America Teams and eight Mustangs made the list.

To be selected as a member of the CSCAA Scholar All-America first team as an individual, swimmers and divers must have achieved a grade-point-average of 3.50 or higher and have been invited to their respective NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Honorable mention selections have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a "B" time standard or competed at their respective qualifying meets.

Johanna Holloway and Erin Trahan led the Mustangs as first-team selections, while Katie CrownGabi GroblerOlivia GrossklausFrederica KizekTaylor Ohlhauser and Nicole Stambo earned honorable mention accolades.

Both Holloway (platform) and Trahan (100 fly) earned All-America honors from the CSCAA in their respective events after receiving invites to the 2020 NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships. Trahan was the conference champion in the 100 fly and earned all-conference honors in the 200 fly and 50 free, while Holloway was the runner-up on both 3 meter and platform.
 
Both are repeat selections for the Scholar All-America award with Trahan earning it for the fourth season and Holloway for the second.
 
All three of Holloway's diving teammates, Crown, Ohlhauser and Stambo, earned honorable mention accolades, having all represented SMU at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships. At the conference level, the Mustang divers earned four all-league selections and 10 total spots in Championship Finals at the conference event.
 
On the swimming side, conference champion Grossklaus as well as first-time selections Grobler and Kizek were honored. The trio combined for five Championship Finals appearances at the conference meet.

 

The team posted a 3.8 GPA this spring, up from a 3.47 in the fall. Individually, four student-athletes were named to various levels of the SMU Honor Roll during both the fall and spring semesters. In the pool, SMU earned runner-up honors at the American Athletic Conference Championships.
 
Johanna Holloway^ | Biology
Erin Trahan*^^ | Art
Katie Crown^^ | Business
Gabi Grobler | Sport Management
Olivia Grossklaus^ | Psychology
Frederica Kizek | Pre-Med
Taylor Ohlhauser^ | Pre-Med
Nicole Stambo | Pre-Med

* Previous First-Team Selection
^ Previous HM Selection

 

Seven Mustangs Earn CSCAA Scholar All-America Honors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CSCAA/SMU) – The SMU men's swimming and diving team saw seven of its student-athletes honored by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) as Scholar All-Americans. The organization announced its list of honors Wednesday.

To be selected as a member of the CSCAA Scholar All-America first team as an individual, swimmers and divers must have achieved a grade-point-average of 3.50 or higher and have been invited to their respective NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Honorable mention selections have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a "B" time standard or competed at their respective qualifying meets.

Peter Smithson led the way for the Mustangs with first-team honors after earning an invite to the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. The freshman finished the season with CSCAA All-America accolades on 3 meter and platform and was also named the American Athletic Conference Diver and Freshman Diver of the Year after winning a pair of individual titles.

Fellow conference champion Caleb Rhodenbaugh was one of six honorable mention selections for SMU. The junior swept breaststroke races at The American Championships.

In total, the student-athletes honored earned six all-conference honors and made 19 combined appearances in Championship Finals at the conference event.

As a team, the Mustangs posted a 3.73 GPA this spring, above the fall's 3.28 mark, which was the highest of all men's teams in the American Athletic Conference. The upward trend continues as the Mustangs' previous marks were set at 3.21 in the spring of 2019 and 3.11 in the fall of 2018. For their efforts, they were named a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team.

Peter Smithson | Applied Physiology and Sport Management
Reid Anderson | Real Estate
Connor Dalbo | Finance
Daniel Forndal^ | Finance
Dominic Hoefer | Engineering
Caleb Rhodenbaugh | Applied Physiology and Sport Management
Brayden Rudd | Finance

^ Previous HM Selection

 

Mustangs Named CSCAA Scholar All-America Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CSCAA/SMU) – The men's swimming and diving team was today named a Scholar All-America Team by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). Teams were selected on the basis of their spring grade point average, and must have achieved a 3.0 GPA.

The program posted a 3.73 GPA this spring, above the fall's 3.28 mark, which then was the highest of all men's teams in the American Athletic Conference. The upward trend continues as the Mustangs' previous marks were set at 3.21 in the spring of 2019 and 3.11 in the fall of 2018.
 
The Mustangs were honored at this year's Pony Awards as the SMU team with the most improved GPA and two individuals were recognized at SMU's Honors Convocation. Eight student-athletes were recognized as members of SMU's honor roll during the fall semester, and seven followed up with nods for the spring semester.

CSCAA Executive Director Greg Earhart mentioned the efforts of Head Coach Greg Rhodenbaugh noting that, "No team was unaffected by this spring's pandemic but Athletic Director Hart and President Turner can and should be proud of their team and the work of Greg." 

Individual Scholar All-America selections will be announced later this week.

To be selected as a member of the CSCAA Scholar All-America first team as an individual, swimmers and divers must have achieved a GPA of 3.50 or higher and have participated in their respective NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Honorable mention selections have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a "B" time standard or competed at their respective qualifying meets.

 

 

Three Mustangs Named WGCA All-American Scholars

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (WGCA/SMU) – The Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) today announced its 2019-20 list of All-American Scholars and three Mustangs received the honor.
 
Lauren ChappellMegan Daleo and Serena Shah all picked up accolades, meeting the minimum cumulative grade-point-average of 3.50.
 
Chappell is double majoring in math and civil engineering with a minor in mechanical engineering. During the shortened 2019-20 season, she posted a season-best performance at the Mustangs' SMU/DAC Invitational where she tied for 31st. At the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate, she signed for a season-best round of 1-over 74.
 
This is the third consecutive year Chappell has earned the honor.
 
In her first season with the Mustangs, Daleo registered three top-30 finishes, highlighted by a 17th place performance at the SMU/DAC Invitational. She finished tied for 30th at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate, firing a season-best 3-under 70 in the second round. Daleo is an applied physiology and sport management major with a concentration in sport performance leadership.

The honor is the second for Daleo, who transferred to the Hilltop last fall.
 
For Shah, this is the first All-American Scholar honor. The sophomore's year featured a top-three finish at the Allstate Sugar Bowl event, where she shot a 5-under 214. She also posted a top-15 finish at the White Sands Invitational. Shah's major is undeclared.