Sports Update August 2012: WUSTL lands 20 on UAA Presidents Scholar-Athlete Team

University had a conference-best 20 student-athletes named to the
fourth annual University Athletic Association (UAA) Presidents
Scholar-Athlete Team.

WUSTL has led the conference in selections in three of the four
years, with a conference-record 22 on the inaugural team in 2009. The
university also had 18 in 2010 and a conference-best 19 in 2011.

The team is comprised of 74 student-athletes representing all eight
UAA member institutions across 12 men’s sports and 10 women’s sports. To
achieve this recognition a student-athlete must earn first-team all-UAA
honors and carry a 3.50 or greater cumulative grade point average
during that playing season.

Washington University led the conference with 20 selections, followed
by Emory University (17), Case Western Reserve University (12),
University of Chicago (10), Carnegie Mellon University (six), New York
University (six), Brandeis University (two) and University of Rochester

Headlining Washington University’s selections were seven repeat
honorees: senior Kyle Larkin of football, senior Cody Costakis of men’s
soccer, junior Marilee Fisher of volleyball, seniors Erica Jackey,
Jessica Londeree and Elizabeth Phillips of women’s cross country and
track and field, and senior Lee Ann Felder of women’s soccer. Jackey and
Phillips both earned the honor for the third-straight year.

Also earning the distinction was junior Dan Burkett, junior Chris
Castelluccio, sophomore Scott O’Brien and senior Joe Rhein of football,
senior Michael Burnstein of men’s cross country and track and field,
senior Dani Hoover of women’s basketball, sophomore Anna Etherington of
women’s track and field, sophomore Sarah Fisher of women’s cross country
and track and field, senior Brandon Rogalski of baseball, seniors Ben
Cutting and Justin Pieper of men’s track and field, sophomore Maggie
Mullen of softball and senior Molly Wawrzyniak of women’s track and

Cross Country and Track Lands 12 on Division III All-Academic Team

The men’s and women’s track & field teams each received 2012 Division III All-Academic Team honors and combined to have 12 student-athletes named to the All-Academic Team, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The WUSTL women’s track & field team posted a cumulative GPA of 3.59, which ranked fourth among the 137 Division III women’s track & field programs who received All-Academic Team honors.

WUSTL ranked fifth among 74 men’s teams with a 3.48 cumulative team GPA. Eight individuals from the women’s team received USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition, while four student-athletes from the WUSTL men’s team received the honor.

The 12 student-athletes recognized include seniors Michael Burnstein, Erica Jackey, Tyler Jackson, Amanda Matheson, Elizabeth Phillips, Justin Pieper and Molly Wawrzyniak, sophomores Anna Etherington, Sarah Fisher and Kevin Sparks, and freshmen Lucy Cheadle and Melissa Gilkey. Overall, 340 women and 226 men received 2012 Division III All-Academic honors.

Volleyball receives AVCA Team Academic Award
The volleyball team was one of a program-record 533 teams who received the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 season, as announced by the association.

Washington University boasted a team GPA of 3.514 during the last school year. Washington University finished the 2011 season with a 34-2 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Division III regional championship before falling to Carthage College.

The Bears also won the program’s 20th UAA championship in 2011. WUSTL opens the 2012 season on Friday, Aug. 31, when it hosts Fontbonne University and William Woods University in a dual-match doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. at the WUSTL Field House.

Men’s and women’s tennis earns ITA All-Academic honors
The men’s and women’s tennis teams each received 2012 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic accolades In addition, the two WUSTL teams combined to have 14 student-athletes receive ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition.

The men’s tennis team ended the 2011-12 academic year with a 3.557 GPA, while the women’s team posted a 3.487 team GPA. The WUSTL men had nine student-athletes on the 2012 ITA Scholar-Athlete team, while the women had five student-athletes receive Scholar-Athlete honors.

To qualify for ITA All-Academic individual honors, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.50 GPA during the previous academic year. Cameron Chiang, Max Franklin, Bryan Haywood, Jeffrey Hirsch, Connor Mulhall, Tim Noack, Gary Parizher, Adam Putterman and Seth Sankary received the honor for the Washington University men’s team. Katie Helfgott, Kate Klein, Paige Madara, Hanna Newstadt and Corinne Rauck earned All-Academic honors for the women’s team.

Men’s and women’s swimming recognized as Scholar All-America Teams
The men’s and women’s swimming teams earned 2011-12 Scholar All-America Team honors, as announced by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). In addition, the teams had six student-athletes receive Scholar All-America honorable mention recognition.

The WUSTL women’s swimming team posted a 3.57 GPA during the 2011-12 academic year, which tied for 13th in NCAA Division III. The men submitted a team GPA of 3.42, tied for 12th in Division III.

The WUSTL men’s and women’s teams each had three individuals earn Scholar All-America honorable mention honors. The men were represented by junior Mark Minowitz, senior Chris Valach and sophomore Jason Wan. Sophomores Chi Pham and Allison Siegel, and freshman Jennifer Tartavull were the three honorable mention Scholar All-America honorees for the WU women. 

The CSCAA honorable mention Scholar All-America list is comprised of student-athletes who achieved a minimum GPA of 3.50, either for the semester or cumulative average, while also posting an NCAA ‘B’ time standard during the 2011-12 swimming season.

WUSTL adds three to athletics staff
of Athletics John Schael announced three additions to the Department of
Athletics with the hiring of assistant athletic trainers Jacob
Blasingame and Mary Tarzon and assistant facility manager Hunter
Culbertson. Blasingame is assigned to cover men’s soccer, junior varsity
football, baseball and assist with men’s and women’s basketball, while
Tarzon will cover volleyball, cross country, swimming & diving,
softball and women’s tennis.

Former football coach Ken Henderson passes away at 64
head football coach Ken Henderson died of kidney failure on Tuesday,
July 10, at the age of 64. Henderson, a St. Louis native, served as head
coach of the Bears from 1980-82. He guided Washington U. to a 2-7
record in each of his three seasons, compiling an overall record of 6-21

“Ken Henderson was a wonderful friend, a charismatic leader and a
valued member of the Washington University community,” said Washington
University Director of Athletics John Schael. Henderson, the son of
former St. Louis American writer Ken Morris-Henderson, also served as assistant football coach and head track and field coach at Washington University.

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