44 win ACC post-graduate award, $5K scholarships
Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford on Tuesday named 44 student-athletes who have been selected for the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, including three student-athletes who will receive the Thacker Award. An additional six student-athletes who plan to enter a professional career in their chosen sport were named honorary recipients.
The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $5,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.
In addition to those receiving scholarship funds, six student-athletes will receive the Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Award. Three men’s soccer players — Clemson’s Alex Stockinger, NC State’s Fabian Otte and Notre Dame’s Harrison Shipp — are among the recipients, along with women’s soccer player Molly Menchel of Virginia, football player Ross Cockrell of Duke and men’s basketball player Raphael Akpejiori of Miami.
The Weaver-James-Corrigan Award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James, as well as Gene Corrigan, the first three ACC commissioners. The league’s first commissioner, James H. Weaver, served the conference from 1954-70 after a stint as the Director of Athletics at Wake Forest University. His early leadership and uncompromising integrity are largely responsible for the excellent reputation enjoyed by the ACC today.
Robert C. James, a former University of Maryland football player, was named commissioner in 1971 and served in that capacity for 16 years. During his tenure, the league continued to grow in stature and became recognized as a national leader in athletics and academics, winning 23 national championships and maintaining standards of excellence in the classroom.
Eugene F. Corrigan assumed his role as the third full-time commissioner on September 1, 1987, and served until August of 1997. During Corrigan’s tenure, ACC schools captured 30 NCAA championships and two national football titles.
Prior to 1994, the Weaver-James postgraduate scholarships were given as separate honors. The Jim Weaver Award, which originated in 1970, recognized exceptional achievement on the playing field and in the classroom, while the Bob James Award, established in 1987, also honored outstanding student-athletes.
The Thacker Award, which originated in 2005, is given in honor of the late Jim and Pat Thacker of Charlotte, N.C. Jim Thacker was the primary play-by-play announcer for the ACC’s first television network. Recipients of the award must demonstrate outstanding performance both in athletic competition and in the classroom and intend to further their education through postgraduate studies at an ACC institution.
The 50 student-athletes will be honored at the annual ACC Postgraduate Luncheon presented by ESPN on April 16, 2014, in the Guilford Ballroom at the Sheraton Greensboro at the Four Seasons.
2014 Weaver-James-Corrigan Award Recipient Bios
Anthony Bellitti; Boston College; History; Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field; Basking Ridge, N.J.
Bellitti is a four-year member of the Boston College cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams. He served as team captain of the cross country team this past fall. Bellitti is a four-year member of the BC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and currently serves as the committee president. He is a three-time recipient of the Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Achievement and has made the ACC Academic Honor Roll three times. In 2012, Bellitti helped lead the cross country team to a second place finish at the New England Championships. He earned All-New England accolades in the 3000m steeple chase in 2011 and 2012, and has had a breakout indoor track season this year with IC4A qualifiers in the mile (4:14.23) and 3000m (8:22.36).
Hannah Mulvey; Boston College; Economics; Field Hockey; Milton, Mass.
Hannah Mulvey, a Milton, Mass., native was a four-year member of the Boston College field hockey team. She was named to the NFHCA Academic Squad as a junior and sophomore and is up for consideration again as a senior. She is also a three-time recipient of the Athletics Director’s Award for Academic Achievement and a two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree. A defensive back for the Eagles, she played in 40 games in her career and recorded her first points as a senior, notching three assists in 2013. As a senior, Mulvey is a vice president of the student-athletes advisory committee (SAAC) and has made multiple trips with other BC student-athletes to New Orleans during the winter break to help rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Tory Speer; Boston College; Communication; Softball; Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
A senior captain of the Boston College Softball team, Speer led the Eagles last season in batting average (.331), doubles (11), home runs (15), RBI (38) and walks (41). Her 15 home runs set a BC single-season record. She currently ranks second all-time at BC in career on base percentage (.414), doubles (33) and walks (78)and is third in slugging percentage (.574). As a freshman, she was named ACC Freshman of the Year and earned ECAC All-Star status. Last season Speer was named second team All-ACC. Speer is a three-time member of the All-ACC Academic Team and has earned ACC Academic Honor Roll accolades and the Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Achievement three times.
Chandler Catanzaro; Clemson; Biological Sciences; Football; Greenville, S.C.
Chandler Catanzaro is an original walk-on who became Clemson’s starting placekicker as a freshman. He went on to be a four-year starter and three-time All-ACC player and was 67-82 on field goals and 203-207 on extra points for 404 points in 53 games. Catanzaro became the first Tiger in history to start 50 games and the first to score at least one point in 53 consecutive games. He made 39 of his last 41 field goals over three years including 20 in a row, a Clemson record and fifth in ACC history. He was 24-31 (a school-record 77.4 percent) on field goals of 40+ yards in his career, including making 13 of his last 14 field-goal attempts of 40+ yards. Catanzaro kicked the game winning field goal on last play of the game twice, vs. LSU in Chick-fil-A Bowl and vs. Wake Forest in 2011. He was a two-time semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, three-time Academic All-ACC selection and four-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member and will be named to Hampshire Honor Society by the National Football Foundation.
Emily Howard; Clemson; Psychology; Women’s Diving; Newtown, Pa.
Emily Howard, senior captain in 2013-14, is the most decorated diver in the short history of Clemson’s women’s only diving program. She set both the one-meter and three-meter school records in 2013-14 while leading the team in points each of her final two seasons. She has recorded eight first-place finishes over the last two seasons, more than any other Tiger. The native of Newtown, PA was named ACC Female Diver-of-the-Week on February 11, 2014, becoming the first Clemson diver to receive the honor. In 2013, she received the CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America award. She also received the Coleman Most Valuable Diver award in 2013, given annually to the team’s best diver. Howard is a two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and has served as a member of Clemson’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, including serving Vice President in 2013-14. She represented Clemson at the 2013 NCAA National Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis, IN.
Thomas McNamara; Clemson; Applied Economics and Statistics; Men’s Soccer; West Nyack, N.Y. (Thacker Award)
McNamara, the Tigers’ captain, scored four game-winning goals for Clemson in 2013 while leading the Tigers (11-7-3) to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He led the team with seven goals and eight assists for 22 points. McNamara was a first-team All-ACC Player in 2013, a member of the All-ACC Tournament team, a two-time ACC Player-of-the-Week selection and a National Player-of-the-Week selection. He was also named a NSCAA Second-Team All-American and first-team All-South. McNamara was named a first-team scholar All-American and first-team scholar All-South by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and a first-team Academic All-American by CoSIDA. He was the 18th person and second men’s soccer player in Clemson athletic history to be named an All-American both on and off the field in the same academic year.
Alex Stockinger; Clemson; Economics; Men’s Soccer; London, UK (Honorary)
Stockinger graduated Cum Laude with a degree in economics in December. The four-year starter graduated in 3 1/2 years. He returned to his native country of Norway to pursue professional playing opportunities there. During his career, he was named to the All-ACC academic team three times. He played in 74 matches and was a starter 64 times during his four seasons at Clemson. He had four goals and four assists for 12 points during his Clemson career. He also took 40 shots and had one game-winning goal at Clemson.
Tanner Anderson; Duke; Biology; Men’s Track & Field; Valdese, N.C.
Tanner Anderson earned a myriad of awards as a high jump specialist for the Duke men’s track and field team. As a freshman, Anderson not only became the first Duke high jumper to break the 7’ barrier but also captured the IC4A title after posting the fifth-best mark in the nation at 7-4.25 (2.24). An All-ACC Outdoor selection in 2011 and 2012, Anderson set school records in the indoor and outdoor high jumps while also receiving All-ACC Academic honors in 2012 and 2013. Anderson also earned a spot on the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012.
Juliet Bottorff; Duke; Neuroscience; Women’s Cross Country; Newark, Del.
Two-time cross country All-America honoree, Juliet Bottorff, saw one of the most successful cross country careers in Duke history. In addition to posting two top-30 performances at the national cross country meet, Bottorff earned both All-Southeast Region and All-ACC accolades in cross country in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. Bottorff captured the ACC Championship in 2013, marking the first time since 2005 a Blue Devil won the event. Bottorff proved equally prosperous in the classroom, earning the 2012 ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year award and garnering All-ACC academic team recognition all four years she competed.
Ross Cockrell; Duke; Political Science; Football; Waxhaw, N.C. (Honorary)
One of the finest defensive backs in ACC history, Ross Cockrell twice captained Duke to bowl games in 2012 and 2013. As a senior, he earned his second straight first team All-ACC citation as the Blue Devils won a school record 10 games, captured the ACC’s Coastal Division crown and earned a berth in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. One of just 17 football players in league history to earn Academic All-ACC honors four times, Cockrell closed his 49-game career with 233 tackles, 12 interceptions and a school record 42 pass breakups.
Perry Simmons; Duke; Civil Engineering; Football; Raleigh, N.C.
A two-time All-ACC selection at offensive tackle, Perry Simmons was named the recipient of the 2013 Jim Tatum Award as the league’s top senior scholar-athlete for football. Also a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete, he helped Duke to a school record 10 wins in his final campaign including the ACC’s Coastal Division Championship and an appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Also a two-time Academic All-American, Simmons started 50 consecutive games for the Blue Devils, guiding Duke to back-to-back bowl game berths for the first time in school history.
Kelly Hensley; Florida State; Exercise Science; Softball; Niceville, Fla.
Kelly Hensley finished the 2013 softball season with a .315 average, 33 walks, 13 home runs and 54 RBI. Her 13 home runs and 54 RBI each ranked third-best for a single season in program history. In 2013 she was named FSU’s first-ever ACC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was a Third Team Capital One Academic All-American. Hensley was sworn in and commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army as part of a scholarship to the Florida State College of Medicine. She will become active duty following medical school with hopes of achieving an orthopedic surgery residency.
Tom Neubacher; Florida State; Men’s Diving; Sport Management; Windermere, Fla.
An All-American in 2013, Tom Neubacher finished his ACC career by contesting in 12-of-12 ‘A’ finals at the ACC Championships, taking back-to-back All-ACC honors on 1-meter by capturing bronze in 2012 and 2013. He is a two-time NCAA qualifier, capturing All-America accolades in 2013 with a seventh place finish on 1-meter before earning an honorable mention on platform with a 13th place showing. With his seventh place finish, he became just the sixth Seminole to accomplish the feat on the 1-meter board in school history. Neubacher was the Golden Torch winner — an award given to the athlete with the highest GPA on the team in 2013.
Shayla Bivins; Georgia Tech; Science, Technology & Culture; Women’s Basketball; Jacksonville, Fla.
Senior Shayla Bivins is a captain of the Georgia Tech women’s basketball team and has started every game of her senior season at center. Bivins is a four time member of the ACC Honor Roll. She is the President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board and is the Student Government Association Athletic Representative. She is highly involved in community service initiatives, including the Girls on the Run program. Bivins was named the 2014 WBCA Allstate Good Works Team and was one of two student-athletes chosen to serve on the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Issues Committee.
Will Jackson; Georgia Tech; Business Administration; Football; Knoxville, Tenn.
Will Jackson, a four-year starter on the Georgia Tech offensive line, played the 2013 season as a graduate student after earning his undergraduate degree in May of 2013. Jackson, who is pursuing his MBA at Tech, played in 48 career games with 42 starts. A three-time Academic All-ACC selection, Jackson was a leader on an offensive line that paved the way for the Yellow Jackets to rank in the top 10 nationally in rushing each of the last four seasons. Jackson, a Dean’s List student and former member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board, earned honorable mention All-ACC honors in 2013.
Alysha Rudnik; Georgia Tech; Business Administration; Softball; Lawrenceville, Ga.
Alysha Rudnik, a native of Lawrenceville, Ga., is a four-year starter on the Georgia Tech softball team. She is a two-time first team All-ACC selection, and a three-time ACC Honor Roll and ACC All-Academic team honoree. She garnered the Georgia Tech Top Female Scholar Athlete Award for the 2012-13 school year and was named a 2013-14 Peach of an Athlete as selected by the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. A contributor in the community, Rudnik has been involved in eight community service groups, including the Girls on the Run and Michael Isenhour Toy Drive since her freshman year.
Mary Cushman; Maryland; Family Science; Volleyball, Rochester, N.Y.
Cushman finished as one of just two players in program history to total 1,300 career kills and 750 digs, overcoming a partially torn rotator cuff her senior season. Cushman ranks fourth on the Maryland charts in kills (1,344) and second in total attacks. On the academic side, she recently became the first player in program history to be named Academic All-ACC four times. Cushman is also Vice President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, in addition to volunteering with the Let’s Move! Campaign and Alternative Spring Break.
Brett Harman; Maryland; Kinesiology; Baseball; Westminster, Md.
A three-time Academic All-ACC selection and member of the Capital One Academic All-District 2 team as a senior in 2012, Harman departed Maryland tied for second all-time in career strikeouts (254) and tied for fifth in career wins (16). As a senior, Harman posted a 3.04 ERA, which ranked 15th in the ACC, and struck out 91 batters as a junior in 2011, which is the ninth-highest single-season total in school history. Harman was the recipient of Maryland baseball’s Academic Achievement Award for the 2010-11 season for being the junior or senior with the highest GPA.
Nikki Maier; Maryland; Kinesiology; Softball; Orange, Conn.
Nikki Maier was a true everything player for the Terrapins in her career, starting 149 of 173 games played in the infield, in the outfield, and as a power hitter. She hit .256 for her career with 89 RBI. Nikki had a knack for hitting in big time games, picking up home runs against numerous ranked teams. She helped lead the Terrapins to three straight NCAA Regionals appearances in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Nikki was named to the All-ACC Academic Team in 2012 and the ACC Honor Roll in her career.
Raphael Akpejiori ; Miami; Mechanical Engineering; Men’s Basketball; Lagos, Nigeria (Honorary)
Raphael Akpejiori, a forward from Lagos, Nigeria, helped Miami to the 2013 ACC Championship and the NCAA Sweet 16 a season ago. The senior engineering major was named to the 2013 All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team and he has been recognized on the ACC Honor Roll for two years. In addition, he has been distinguished on the University’s Dean’s List (3.5 GPA) once and the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (3.2 GPA) three semesters throughout his career at UM. He is currently enrolled in a dual enrollment program and will complete both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in May 2015.
Lindsi Arrington; Miami; Motion Picture Practice; Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field; Woodbridge, Va.
A standout on the race course and in the classroom, Lindsi Arrington has twice earned All-ACC Academic honors. The senior, who carries a 3.731 cumulative GPA, has been a key member of Miami’s cross country and track and field programs. Arrington capped her cross country career by running the second-fastest women’s 6K time in school history (21:15.53) at the 2013 NCAA South Regional. Her personal-best 5K time of 17:36.23, set at the 2013 Disney World Classic, also ranks second in UM history. Arrington ranks among the top 5 in school history in the indoor mile (2nd, 4:54.95), the indoor 3000m (2nd, 10:03.35), the outdoor 1500m (3rd, 4:30.10) and the outdoor 5000m (4th, 17:26.39).
Bassim El-Sabawi; Miami; Biology; Men’s Track & Field; San Diego, Calif.
Bassim El-Sabawi, a sprinter on Miami’s men’s track team, is the textbook definition of an exemplary student-athlete. Boasting a 3.969 cumulative GPA, El-Sabawi is a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member. The biology major has also made the Athletic Director Honor Roll, the Dean’s List, and the Provost’s Honor Roll in every semester that he has studied at Miami. In recognition of his dedication and commitment to both academics and athletics, the University of Miami rewarded El-Sabawi with the title of the 2012-2013 UM Athletic Department Underclassmen Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.
AJ Salcines; Miami; Baseball; Biology; Miami, Fla.
AJ Salcines has been one of the team’s most important relievers on the mound, and is now in his fourth and final season with the Hurricanes. Salcines, who was named to the ACC Honor Roll for his first three years, has been named to the Dean’s List Honor Roll for all seven semesters of his undergraduate career. Salcines, a member of the 2012 All-ACC Academic Team, was named team MVP in 2012 after a dominant season out of the bullpen.
Meredith Hoover; North Carolina; Romance Languages; Women’s Swimming; Concord, N.C.
Meredith Hoover is the ACC and UNC record holder in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:54.47. In 2013 she earned All-America honors in that event after qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the first time in her career and placing fourth in 1:54.75. She was second at the ACC Championship in 2013, when she earned All-ACC and All-ACC Academic honors. A College Swimming Coaches Association of America first-team Scholar All-America honoree in 2012-13, Hoover has been named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll in each year at UNC. She is a recipient of the Leader of Distinction Award, highest honor bestowed by the Carolina Leadership Academy.
Michelle Ikoma; North Carolina; Business Administration and Exercise & Sport Science; Gymnastics; Naperville, Ill.
An EAGL All-Academic honoree each year of her career, Michelle Ikoma helped UNC to two team conference championships and served as team captain as a senior. After overcoming a torn Achilles as a sophomore, she returned to set career bests and earn second-team All-EAGL honors on uneven bars in 2013. Ikoma was a finalist for the 2013 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award and was a Scholastic All-America by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches. A Phi Beta Kappa inductee, she serves as co-president of UNC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has been awarded the 2014 Wells Fargo postgraduate scholarship. Ikoma earned the Leader of Distinction Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Carolina Leadership Academy.
Kelly McFarlane; North Carolina; Health Policy & Management; Women’s Soccer; Mill Valley, Calif.
Kelly McFarlane was a four-year starter in the UNC midfield and team captain of the 2013 team, which finished in the top five nationally and reached the NCAA quarterfinals. She helped the Tar Heels to the 2012 NCAA title and the 2010 ACC regular-season crown. She never missed a game in her Tar Heel playing career, competing in all 92 matches, a feat no UNC player had accomplished in more than a decade. A two-time All-ACC Academic honoree, she received the AUPHA/McGaw Undergraduate Scholarship Award in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and is a recipient of the Leader of Distinction Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Carolina Leadership Academy.
Kody Burke; NC State; Business Administration; Women’s Basketball; Northridge, Calif.
A four-year starter on the NC State women’s basketball team, Kody is the definition of a student-athlete. She is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, three-time member of the All-ACC Academic Team, and currently ranks 16th in NC State women’s basketball history with 1,494 career points. Burke also holds notable spots in the Wolfpack record book in career blocks (2nd, 188) and rebounds (10th, 787). She is the only player in school history to record three straight seasons of 50 or more blocks and has recorded 15 double-doubles throughout her career. Kody has managed to achieve all of this while maintaining a career GPA of 3.937.
Brie Merriwether; NC State; Biological Sciences; Volleyball; Orlando, Fla.
During her time in a Wolfpack uniform, Brie Merriwether was a three-time All-ACC Academic Team selection, two-time Capital One Academic All-District III Team honoree and garnered Capital One Academic All-America accolades as a senior. The Orlando, Fla., native led the team in blocks as a starting middle blocker her junior (96) and senior (123) campaigns. She was also a team captain during her third and fourth seasons. Merriwether completed her career with 379 career blocks, which ranks as the eighth best in Wolfpack history. The Wolfpack Alumna is currently in chiropractic school at Life University in Georgia.
Fabian Otte; NC State; Sport Management; Men’s Soccer; Meunster, Germany (Honorary)
Recognized as an ACC All-Academic student-athlete in all three seasons at NC State, Fabian Otte was a mainstay in goal for the Pack during a period of unprecedented program growth. Otte was the starting keeper in 52 of 56 career games played, leading NC State as high as No. 14 in the national rankings during the 2013 season. The German native finished his career ranked tied for seventh in Wolfpack history with 13 shutouts, the last being a 92-minute clean sheet in a 1-0 win at No. 10 UNC in the final match of his collegiate career.
Meagan Proper; NC State; Sport Management; Women’s Soccer; Garner, N.C.
A regular starter for the Wolfpack throughout her career, Meagan Proper is a two-time ACC All-Academic Team selection. The native of Garner, N.C., played a total of 75 matches at defense for NC State, scoring one goal and distributing 12 assists. Proper’s one career goal came at the most opportune time, as it was during a win over ranked Wake Forest in the final match of her career. She was named to the College Soccer 360 Primetime Performers Honor Roll for the week of Oct. 28 — Nov. 3, 2013, for her role in this victory over the No. 23 Demon Deacons. Proper earned a 3.889 GPA throughout her college career.
Greg Andrews; Notre Dame; Accounting; Men’s Tennis; Richland, Mich.
A two-time captain who was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year in 2011 and BIG EAST Player of the Year twice in 2012 and 2013 before Notre Dame joined the ACC. Greg Andrews helped the Irish win the BIG EAST Championship last year as a junior and then won both the singles and doubles crown at the 2013 ITA Summer Circuit Event. Andrews is a top student who has made the Dean’s List every semester of his collegiate career. He has already been named Co-ACC Player of the Week once this season.
Jennifer Kellner; Notre Dame; Accounting; Women’s Tennis; Smithtown, N.Y.
A two-time captain who was twice named to the all-BIG EAST team and earned BIG EAST Academic All-Star accolades before Notre Dame joined the ACC in time for her senior season. Jennifer Kellner helped her team win the BIG EAST Championship every season of her collegiate career. She was also selected as the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Knute Rockne Student-Athlete Award winner and was one of five Notre Dame student-athletes to receive a BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award. During her junior season, she logged a 18-13 singles record and played at No. 1 doubles with fellow co-captain Chrissie McGaffigan.
Harrison Shipp; Notre Dame; Finance; Men’s Soccer; Lake Forest, Illinois (Honorary)
Harrison Shipp never missed a game during his Notre Dame career and his final match was a 2-1 victory over Maryland that clinched the program’s first national title. Harrison, a team captain, was named the 2013 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year for men’s soccer along with being the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-America Player of the Year. He led Notre Dame in goals (12) and assists (10) as a senior en route to being a unanimous first team All-American and the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Harrison also was selected as the 2013 ACC Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Elizabeth Tucker; Notre Dame; Accountancy; Women’s Soccer; Jacksonville, Fla.
A two-time tri-captain, Elizabeth Tucker helped Notre Dame to four consecutive NCAA Championship berths during her career and was a member of the 2010 national championship squad. A Dean’s List student with a 4.00 grade-point average, Tucker garnered first team Capital One Academic All-America honors in both 2012 and 2013 (one of 15 Notre Dame student-athletes to earn first-team Academic All-America honors twice). She appeared in all 92 matches during her career, earned 87 starts and finished with 19 goals and 14 assists. Tucker is a finalist for the 2014 Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup.
Ashley Corum; Pitt; Applied Developmental Psychology; Women’s Track & Field; Carlisle, Pa. (Thacker Award)
Ashley Corum has been recognized for her academic excellence throughout her time at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been named to the University’s Dean’s List in three of her semesters at Pitt, and has been named to Pitt’s Athletic Director’s Honor Roll five times. In 2012-2013, Corum achieved the title of Conference Academic Honoree. Most recently this past fall, Corum earned a 4.0 GPA for the semester. Her achievements carry over to the track where she has placed in the top-five over the past four years at the Big East Championships. In her freshman debut, she impressed with a winning performance in the triple jump (41-0.51) at the Big East Outdoor Championships. She then took home 14th that same season at the ECAC Championships. As a sophomore, she claimed fifth in the triple jump at the indoor and outdoor Big East Championships. In her junior campaign, Corum placed fourth in the triple jump event at the Big East Championships (indoor). In her last Big East performance, she was awarded fourth overall for her performance in the triple jump, qualifying her for the first round of Regionals.
Jocelyn Lu; Pitt; Neuroscience; Women’s Tennis; Mission Viejo, Calif.
Jocelyn Lu played 22 singles at No. 2 and 20 doubles matches at No. 1 as a junior, leading the team with a 4.0 GPA and helping Pitt tennis to highest team GPA at Pitt. As a sophomore, she played at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles and registered 11 wins when paired with Taylor Washington at No. 1 doubles. The doubles team never lost more than two consecutive matches. Lu was named team MVP following a stellar freshman campaign, leading the team with 20 victories in singles action and posting a 20-8 singles record that tied for ninth overall in single-season wins. She compiled a .714 season win percentage that ranked 14th in the record books.
Katie O’Rourke; Pitt; Media & Professional Communications; Gymnastics; Springfield, Va.
Katie O’Rourke has won five event titles to date as a senior on beam and floor. As a junior, O’Rourke helped Pitt to NCAA Regionals and competed on the beam and floor. O’Rourke earned All-EAGL first team for floor and second team for balance beam and EAGL All-Tournament First Team on beam and was named to the EAGL All-Academic team for the second consecutive year. As a sophomore, she competed at NCAA Regional Championship where she scored a 9.700 on the floor for the ninth-best score. She was named to the All-EAGL Second Team on both floor and beam, EAGL All-Academic team, All-Tournament First Team on floor at 2011 EAGL Championships, finishing 5th as a freshman and the All-Tournament Second Team on vault at 2011 EAGL Championships. She earned the 2011 Most Valuable Freshman Award.
Adrian Chambers; Syracuse; Psychology & Biology; Field Hockey; Wilmington, Del.
Chambers was a four-year member of Syracuse’s field hockey team, helping lead the program to four-straight NCAA Tournaments, including the 2012 Final Four, and two conference tournament titles. She was a member of the Dean’s List and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll every semester of her collegiate career. She is a two-time member of the NFHCA National Academic Squad. Chambers finished her playing career with two goals.
Laura Hahnefeldt; Syracuse; Advertising & Psychology; Field Hockey; Hamburg, Germany
Hahnefeldt was a four-year starter at back for Syracuse, leading an Orange defense that was consistently one of the best in the country. A three-time member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team and a 2013 member of the All-ACC Academic Team, she has been named to the Dean’s List and the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll every semester of her collegiate career. Hahnefeldt was named NFHCA All-Mideast Region all four years of her career, including when she was the Region Player of the Year in 2012, and is a three-time NFHCA All-American. She was named All-ACC in 2013 after scoring one goal and assisting on five others. She was a two-time All-BIG EAST honoree and finished her career with six goals and 13 assists. Hahnfeldt has also been named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad each year of her collegiate career and recently earned Summa Cum Laude honors.
Sarah Pagano; Syracuse; Biochemistry; Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field; Ringwood, N.J.
Sarah Pagano has excelled in everything she has endeavored at Syracuse, from the cross country trail to the track to the classroom. Pagano was named to the All-BIG EAST team three times during her cross country career and was an honorable mention USTFCCCA All-American in her junior outdoor season. She also set the school record in the indoor 5,000-meter run this season. Pagano was a member of the USTFCCCA All-Academic team in her junior and senior years and was a member of the BIG EAST All-Academic team in each of the last four seasons.
Jon Fausey; Virginia; Kinesiology; Wrestling; Dalmatia, Pa.
Jon Fausey is a three-time NCAA qualifier for the UVa wrestling team. The 2012 ACC champion at 184 pounds, Fausey has won 96 career matches, which ranks 10th in program history. He has been named to the NWCA All-Academic Team three times and the ACC Academic Honor Roll four times. Fausey has served as a council member with the Student-Athlete Mentor program. He also is a member of the 4th Year Trustees and coordinates children’s hospital visits. Fausey is currently finishing his master’s degree in exercise physiology and will attend Yale’s Physicians Assistant school next year.
Molly Menchel; Virginia; Psychology; Women’s Soccer; Alexandria, Va. (Honorary)
Molly Menchel, a three-year starter at left back, is Virginia’s all-time leading scorer among defenders, recording 13 goals and 17 assists for 43 points during her career. Eight of her 13 career goals were game-winners. In 2013, she was a second-team NSCAA All-Southeast Region honoree and a third-team All-ACC selection as the Cavaliers had an undefeated regular season and made their first trip to the College Cup in 22 years. A two-time ACC All-Academic Team selection, she was a 2013 second-team NSCAA Scholar All-American. Menchel was the selected by the Washington Spirit in the third round of the NWSL Draft with the 26th overall selection.
Kate Norbo; Virginia; Kinesiology; Women’s Soccer; Roanoke, Va.
Kate Norbo, a two-year starter in the midfield, was a key player among some of the most successful Virginia women’s soccer teams. In 2013, she started 25 of 26 contests, recording one goal and two assists, as the Cavaliers had an undefeated regular season and made their first trip to the College Cup in 22 years. In 2012, Norbo was named to the ACC All-Academic Team after tallying career highs in goals (six) and assists (four) as Virginia won the ACC Championship. She is a four-time selection to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Thomas Porter; Virginia; Kinesiology; Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field; Fredericksburg, Va.
Thomas Porter, a 2013 Outdoor Track & Field All-American, has been a top performer for the Cavaliers in both cross country and track & field. He has earned All-ACC honors in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field during his career. In 2013, he placed 16th in the men’s 5000m at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships to earn second-team All-America honors. This fall, he helped Virginia finish 13th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, finishing in 63rd place. He has earned All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) twice in cross country and once in track & field.
Leigh Allin; Virginia Tech; Mechanical Engineering; Women’s Track & Field; Lexington, Ky.
A pole vaulter for the Hokies, Leigh Allin has been consistent both in the field and in the classroom.In 2012, she finished ninth in the outdoor pole vault and 10th in the indoor pole vault at the ACC Championships. That same year, she qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round, where she finished 21st in the pole vault. The following year, Allin finished 10th at the ACC Championships in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault and also qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round. Allin has recorded career highs of 12’09.50” (3.90m) in the outdoor pole vault and 12’08.00” (3.86m) in the indoor pole vault.
Frances Dowd; Virginia Tech; Enviornmental Policy and Planning; Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field; Fairfax, Va. (Thacker Award)
An All-America selection in the 800-meter distance, Frances Dowd has been a constant for the Hokies in middle distance races since arriving at Tech. Dowd holds the Virginia Tech school record in the indoor 600-meter race, the indoor 800-meter race and ran the anchor leg for the school record-setting 4x800 team this season. During the indoor season in 2012, Dowd finished 15th at the NCAA Championship in the 800 meters (2:09.38), earning second team All-America honors and earned All-ACC honors with a third place finish in the 800 meters at the ACC Championship. In 2012, she won the NCAA Elite 89 Award, an honor presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA championships. She was also a two time Capital One All-District selection.
Tea Ivanovic; Virginia Tech; International Studies; Tennis; Antwerpen, Belgium
Tea Ivanovic has been a key contributor for the Hokies since arriving on campus. The Antwerpen, Belgium native earned 42 career singles victories entering he final season playing mainly from the No. 5 and 6 spots throughout her career. Ivanovic is a two-time ITA Scholar Athlete award winner and has made herself a staple on the A.D. Athletic Honor Roll and the ACC Academic Honor Roll. She has been a member of the Honors College at Tech since freshman year and will graduate this spring with a degree in international studies, focusing on world politics and policy, while also minoring in philosophy. The 2013 All-ACC Academic team honoree is proficient in five languages and recently earned the Outstanding Senior Award from the Political Science and International Studies departments.
Aubrey Bledsoe; Wake Forest; Health and Exercise Science; Women’s Soccer; Cincinnati, Ohio
The all-time leader in shutouts for the Demon Deacons, Aubrey Bledsoe wrapped up her career with a 57-25-12 record with 33 clean sheets in 94 starts. Perhaps her most defining moment on the field came as she stonewalled Maryland in a penalty shootout of the 2010 ACC Championship Match to hand Wake Forest its first ever conference championship in women’s soccer. Off the field, Bledsoe was a four-time All-ACC Academic Team selection in addition to earning back-to-back Academic All-American accolades. Through the 2013 fall semester, she had posted a 3.88 cumulative GPA, the highest on the squad.
Katie Stengel; Wake Forest; Health and Exercise Science; Women’s Soccer; Melbourne, Fla.
Katie Stengel completed her storied career as a Demon Deacon as the top scorer in program history with 50 goals and 125 points. She was named the 2010 ACC Freshman of the Year and certainly lived up to expectations, being named an All-ACC First Teamer three times and a Second Teamer after her senior season. Stengel is also one of just three Demon Deacons to earn All-American honors three times, being a First Teamer in 2011 and a Second Teamer in 2010 and 2012. She also earned All-ACC Academic accolades in each of her four years.
Evan Stephens; Wake Forest; Finance; Baseball; Lexington, Ky.
Evan Stephens, a native of Lexington, Ky., has appeared in 133 games with 103 starts over the last four seasons for the Demon Deacons. The senior has racked up 40 RBIs and 31 stolen bases to go along with a .454 on-base percentage and a stellar .985 fielding percentage in his career. Off the field, Stephens was the recipient of the 2012-13 Edwin G. Wilson Scholar-Athlete of the Year award that honors the most outstanding Wake Forest athletes for academic excellence. He also earned Academic All-District awards following the 2012 and 2013 seasons.