Big 12 Honors 45 WVU Student-Athletes


By Katie Kane for WVUsports.com
June 20, 2013 04:47 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Big 12 Conference office named 45 West Virginia student-athletes to the inaugural Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team today, which honors conference competitors who are new, incoming freshmen at their respective league institution.

A total of 383 student-athletes were named to the team, led by Texas with 65 honorees and Baylor with 46. West Virginia rounded out the top three schools in the Big 12, followed by Oklahoma State with 44 and TCU with 40 members.

A total of 22 student-athletes were nominated with 4.00 grade point averages, including Mountaineer baseball player Brock Dykxhoorn, rowing student-athlete Mary Ignatiadis and women’s soccer player Amanda Hill.

Dykxhoorn was the only baseball player to earn the honor, men’s basketball had Volodymyr Gerun, Terry Henderson and Richard Romeo, cross country had Sydney Scott and Megan Yuan, football had John DePalma, Karl Joseph and Nana Kyeremeh and gymnastics had Gina Costa, Melissa Idell and Jaida Lawrence. In addition to Ignatiadis, rowing had Susannah Hartlove, Liz Kantak, Caroline Mullins and Allyson Pytlak. Behind Hill, women’s soccer had Halie Conroy, Leah Emaus, Mia Gunter, Noelle Honeycutt and Kailey Utley. Swimming and diving named 10 student-athletes to the list with Aidan Fumagalli, Jaimee Gillmore, Morgan Emter, Kelsey Frantz, Emma Luigard, Andrew Marsh, Katie Murto, Lindsay Schmidt, Tori Taffner and Chase Williams. Women’s tennis had Hailey Barrett, Irinka Toidze and Vivian Tsui, track and field had Christa D’Egidio, Peyton Hampson, Brianna Kerekes and Hannah Stone, while volleyball had Nikki Attea, Monique Kemp, Anna Panagiotakopoulos, Hannah Sackett and wrestler Tim Wheeling also earned the honor.

Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services, student-athletes on the 2012-13 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team must be new, first-time/incoming freshman that have completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial coursework and achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00. Additionally, the student-athlete must have participated in at least one of their team’s scheduled contests and must have been a member of their respective team for their sport’s entire NCAA Championship segment.



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