Utah State Has 81 Student-Athletes Receive Academic All-Mountain West Honors From Its Spring Sports
July 17, 2017

LOGAN, Utah - The Mountain West announced its spring all-academic teams on Monday and Utah State had 81 student-athletes recognized as part of a league-record 986 student-athletes honored.

Spring sports include baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, softball, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track & field.

Of its 81 academic all-Mountain West selections from its spring sports, Utah State had 24 student-athletes from women’s track honored, along with 20 from men’s track, nine each from softball and women’s tennis, eight from women’s basketball, four each from men’s tennis and men’s basketball, and three from men’s golf.

Utah State’s 81 academic honorees from its spring sports were seventh in the league as New Mexico led the conference with 128 all-academic recipients, followed by Boise State with 111 and Fresno State and Wyoming with 96 each. Colorado State was fifth with 94 all-academic honors from its spring sports, followed by Nevada (85), Utah State (81), San José State (77), Air Force and UNLV with 75 each, and San Diego State with 68.

Utah State also had the most individuals honored in women’s tennis (9), tied for second in men’s basketball (4) and recorded the third-most honorees in both women’s track & field (24) and men’s track & field (20).

Senior Tori Parkinson, a member of the cross country and track & field teams, recorded her seventh academic all-conference honor to lead the Aggies individually. She was followed by senior Colby Wilson, from the men’s cross country and track & field team, senior Joanna Boyd, from the women’s cross country and track & field team, senior Jackie Heaps, from the women’s cross country and track & field team, and senior Tylee Newman-Skinner, from the women’s cross country and track & field team, with six apiece. Ten other Aggies were recognized for the fourth time, while 16 earned the honor for the third time.

Of the 81 USU student-athletes to earn spring academic all-Mountain West honors, 21 are receiving the accolade for at least the second time.

To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and be a starter or significant contributor on their athletic team.

During the 2016-17 academic year, Utah State had a total of 148 student-athletes earn academic all-Mountain West honors.

Spring Academic All-Mountain West Honorees
Men’s Basketball (4)
Diogo Brito, Fr., Mechanical Engineering, 4.00
Alexis Dargenton, Jr., Business Administration, 3.04
Sam Merrill, Fr., Accounting, 3.24
Abel Porter, Fr. Business Administration, 3.34

Women’s Basketball (8)
Shannon Dufficy, Fr., Exercise Science, 3.37
Jessie Geer, Fr., Health Education & Promotion, 3.71
Eliza West, Fr., Biology, 3.03
Olivia West, Fr., Dietetics, 3.66
Rachel Brewster, So., Exercise Science, 3.63
Lizzy Klinker, So., Applied Economics, 3.15
Deja Mason, So., Family, Consumer and Human Development, 3.80
Katie Toole, So., Exercise Science, 3.54

Golf (3)
Braxton Miller, Jr., Physical Education/Teaching, 3.19
Tanner Jenson, Sr., Finance, 3.65
Elijah Rogers, Sr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.53

Softball (9)
Brina Buttacavoli, Jr., Psychology, 3.06
Kylie-Rose Dickson, Sr., Elementary Education, 3.17
Sydney Hart, Sr., Health Education & Promotion, 3.16
Emily Hunter, Jr., Family, Life Studies. 3.48
Mia Maher, So., Animal, Vet Science, 3.92
Jordyn McCracken, Jr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.80
Riley Plogger, Fr., Communication Disorders and Deaf Education, 3.24
Victoria Saucedo, Sr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.05
Katie Schroeder, So., Exercise Science, 3.32

Women’s Tennis  (9)
Ellee Bullock, Fr., Biology, 4.00
Sabrina Demerath, So., Management Information Systems, 3.58
Nini Guensler, Sr., Sociology, 3.25
Sophia Haleas, Fr., Exploratory, 3.25
Hannah Jones, Fr., Pre-Business, 3.50
Lucy Octave, Fr., Marketing, 3.53
Maggie O’Meara, So., Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science, 3.23
Ekaterina Tugarinova, Sr., Double Major: Marketing and Economics, 3.25
Monika Van de Vondel, So., Exercise Science, 3.57

Men’s Tennis (4)
Jonas Maier, So., Pre-Business, 3.00
Andrew Nakajima, Jr., Marketing, 3.11
Jack Swindells, Sr., Economics, 3.59
Kai Wehnelt, Jr., Human Movement Science, 3.65

Men’s Track & Field (20)
Zack Bell, Fr., Civil Engineering, 3.27
Jordan Beutler, Jr., Plant Science, 3.56
Michael Bluth, Fr., Pre-Business, 4.00
Samuel Coleman, Fr., Pre-Business, 3.67
Spencer Fehlberg, So., Mechanical Engineering, 3.81
Joshua Gordon, Sr., Master of Health and Human Movement, 3.61
Kody Gould, So., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.77
Bannon Greer, Fr., Journalism, 3.08
Sindri Gudmundsson, Fr., Pre-Business, 3.00
Darren Harman, Fr., Business Administration, 3.69
Adam Hendrickson, So., Business Administration, 3.71
David Hirschmann, Jr., Mechanical Engineering, 3.24
Clay Lambourne, Sr., Management Information Systems, 3.01
Brady Martin, Jr., Accounting, 3.12
Sam Nelson, So., Business Administration, 3.79
Brody Smith, Fr., Exploratory, 3.21
Chase Thurgood, So., Accounting, 3.51
Colby Wilson, Sr., Business Administration, 3.00
James Withers, So., Biochemistry, 3.26
Devin Wright, Sr., Biology, 3.91

Women’s Track & Field (24)
Breann Bate, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.39
Joanna Boyd, Sr., Mechanical Engineering, 3.53
Kashley Carter, So., Pre-Physical Therapy, 4.00
Jennifer Christensen, So., Music Education: Band Education, 3.66
Corinne Clarkson, Fr., Exploratory, 3.96
Tavia Dutson, Jr., Biochemistry, 3.94
Elli Eastmond, Fr., Exploratory, 3.92
Maia Garren, Fr., Biology, 3.56
Jackie Heaps, Jr., Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science, 3.89
Alyssa Hirschi, So., Health Science, 3.70
Kaylie King-Arnold, So., Biology, 3.82
LeAnn Larkin, Fr., Elementary Education, 3.38
Anna Maki, Sr., Environmental Studies, 3.80
Shannon Maloney, So., Psychology, 3.82
Olivia Moriconi, Jr., Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.30
Bailee Parker, Fr., Exploratory, 3.90
Christine Van Brocklin-Parker, Sr., Health Science, 3.61
Tori Parkinson, Jr., Public Health, 3.58
Selina Ramsey, Sr., American Studies, 3.85
Brittany Rawlins, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.74
Cierra Simmons, So., Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science, 3.70
Tylee Newman-Skinner, Jr., Special Education, 3.98
Katelyn Zabriskie, Sr., Graphic Design, 3.71
Michala Zilkey, So., Exercise Science, 3.68

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