Seattle University was well-represented on the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) All-Academic list for the winter sports of men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, and women’s swimming, as 42 Redhawk student-athletes received the academic honor, announced Thursday by the conference office.
To be eligible for WAC All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year at the school, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average, and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.
Seattle U was one of four WAC men’s basketball squads to have multiple honorees, as senior T.J. Diop (Queensland, Australia) and redshirt freshman Luiz Bidart (Sao Paulo, Brazil) were recognized. In women’s basketball, WAC Player of the Year Kacie Sowell (Ventura, Calif.) was one of four Redhawks to earn the academic honor, along with senior Maggie McCarthy (Burlingame, Calif.), junior Ashley Ward (Irvine, Calif.), and sophomore Makenna Clark (Lake Tapps, Wash.).
The Redhawk women’s swim team finished with 10 honorees, led by seniors Megan Kelley (Las Vegas, Nev.), Kevlyn Richards (Gig Harbor, Wash.), who finished second in the 100 breaststroke at the WAC Championships, Megan Robinson (Salt Lake City, Utah), and Karla Ruff (Seattle, Wash.). Juniors Whitney Dean (Campbell, Calif.) and Nicole Doi (Pleasanton, Calif.) received the academic recognition, as did sophomores Mackenzie Gant (Richland, Wash.), Bethany Gehrke (Lynnwood, Wash.), Melissa Randolf (Everett, Wash.), and Caroline Van Maren (Bellevue, Wash.).
The indoor track and field squad boasts 26 honorees, 12 men and 14 women, including 11 competitors who set individual or relay school records during the 2013 indoor season: seniors Meeghan Bergmann (Portland, Ore.) and Zach Stanfield (Adna, Wash.), juniors Hannah Mittelstaedt (Maple Valley, Wash.), Bethany Richards (Shoreline, Wash.), Zachary Schlachter (Tigard, Ore.), and Katie Tougas (Edmonds, Wash.), and sophomores Cali Cull (Marysville, Wash.), Madison Davis (Camano Island, Wash.), Candice de Sauvage (Foster City, Calif.), Collin Overbay (Spokane, Wash.), and Austin Thummel-Gravitt (Puyallup, Wash.).
Other student-athletes from the indoor track and field squad to receive WAC All-Academic honors include seniors Ryan Dennison (Pacifica, Calif.), Amanda Luna (Beavercreek, Ore.), Matthew McClement (Bellingham, Wash.), and Jennifer Stolle (Seattle, Wash.); juniors Jeff Baklund (Auburn, Wash.), Nick Bever (Seattle, Wash.), Rosalyn DiLillo (Santa Rosa, Calif.), Samuel Engle (Portland, Ore.), Graham Kinzel-Grubbs (Portland, Ore.), and Stephen Squatrito (Phoenix, Ariz.); and sophomores Baxter Arguinchona (Spokane, Wash.), Meghan Arigo (San Luis Obispo, Calif.), Sophie Curatilo (Honolulu, Hawaii), Amy Tolentino (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), and Valerie Wu (Laguna Niguel, Calif.).
"I am proud of our student-athletes who continue to show excellence both in the classroom and in competition, as exhibited by the number of Seattle U representatives on this list. I also want to commend the coaches, athletics staff, and faculty for maintaining the high expectations our Seattle U students expect to not only meet, but to in fact exceed,” Bill Hogan, Seattle University Director of Athletics, said.
Among full members of the Western Athletic Conference, Seattle U had the third-most honorees in the winter, close behind Idaho with 46 and Utah State with 45. In total, 346 winter student-athletes were named to the WAC All-Academic list in the five sports listed above as well as women’s gymnastics.
The mission of the Seattle University athletics department is to champion the holistic development of student-athletes, inspiring a vital and engaged campus community through the development and maintenance of a premier, nationally prominent NCAA Division I athletics program, in the spirit of the Jesuit tradition. Part of the mission in action is to create an athletic culture where student-athletes can realize balanced success in academics, in athletics and in all their collegiate pursuits and experiences.