COLLEGE STATION, Texas— Among the record number of degree candidates at the Texas A&M commencement exercises this Friday and Saturday (May 10-11) at Reed Arena are 102 Aggie student-athletes. This year’s senior class will be most remembered for helping successfully usher Texas A&M into the Southeastern Conference.
“I am extremely proud of these young people for taking advantage of an opportunity to continue to play a sport they love, while also earning a degree from our world-class university,” Director of Athletics Eric Hyman said. “These student-athletes have put in a lot of time, effort and dedication to reach this goal, and everyone who has supported them throughout their lives is to be congratulated as well.”
“Many of these student-athletes have not only excelled on the playing fields and in the classrooms, but also through their community outreach efforts,” Hyman explained. “They are excellent role models and outstanding representatives of Texas A&M and Aggies everywhere.”
Recently a total of 505 student-athletes and student support staff were honored for achieving a semester or cumulative 3.0 grade point average or higher during the 2012-13 school year, including 62 who were named Outstanding Athletic Scholars for posting a perfect 4.0 GPA for at least one semester.
The Bill Erwin Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year at Texas A&M will walk the stage this weekend. Case Cochran from the men’s golf squad was named the male winner and Amanda Brightwell from the equestrian team was the female recipient.
Four senior Aggie student-athletes were recipients of a combined $25,000 in postgraduate scholarships from the SEC. The Brad Davis SEC Community Service Postgraduate Scholarship honorees were Steven Terrell from football and Beth West from women’s soccer, while Case Cochran from men’s golf and Lindsey Miller from women’s volleyball earned the H. Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarships.
In this first year in the SEC, the Aggies have brought home SEC titles from the women’s basketball tournament and as the women’s tennis regular season champions. Also, four of the Aggie squads earned top honors in the SEC’s Western Division: women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s tennis and women’s tennis.
Five of the Aggie squads finished in the Top 10 of their respective national polls, with men’s indoor track and field and women’s swimming and diving tying for top honors as both finished fourth in the final NCAA Championships. The Aggie football team ended the year 11-2 and with a No. 5 national ranking. Women’s equestrian reached the national quarterfinals and finished No. 8, while women’s basketball ended the season No. 9 in the AP poll. An additional four teams—women’s indoor track and field, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s swimming and diving all finished in their respective Top 25 national rankings.
Several sports are winding up their respective season:
- Men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams will compete in the SEC Championships this weekend in Columbia, Mo. Both squads are currently ranked second in the country.
- Men’s and women’s tennis squads will host NCAA first and second round action this weekend at Texas A&M’s Mitchell Tennis Center. Both are poised to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament, with the women’s team ranked No. 3 in the country and the men’s squad ranked No. 11.
- Softball is ranked No. 14 in the country and will travel to Lexington, Ky., to compete in this week’s SEC Tournament.
- Baseball team is making a run to the postseason as the Aggies are coming off of a sweep of Missouri and will host LSU in a three-game set at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
- In golf, the men’s team is ranked No. 20 and will compete in the NCAA Regional next week, while the women’s golf team is No. 24 in the nation and begins NCAA Regional competition this week.
All commencement ceremonies are open to the public at Reed Arena without need of tickets, according to university officials. Texas A&M’s all-time top graduation mark for student-athletes in a semester was 120 in May 2009.
105 MAY 2013 STUDENT-ATHLETE GRADUATES
*David Adame Football
*Elizabeth Adeoti Women’s Track & Field
Aaron Arterburn Football
Rachael Balaguer Soccer
Kristin Bell Equestrian
Kristi Bellock Women’s Basketball
Marisa Bernal Equestrian
Julie Blanco Women’s Track & Field
Kelsey Bone Women’s Basketball
Laura Brainard Equestrian
Amanda Brightwell Equestrian
Randy Bullock Football
Wes Caceres Men’s Track & Field
*Chris Calflisch Football
Itzel Cetina Women’s Track & Field
*Blane Cheatham Football
Morgan Cleveland Equestrian
Case Cochran Men’s Golf
Josh Crabill Football
Lexi Crommett Women’s Track & Field
Mitchell Crouch Football
Janelle Cuthbertson Women’s Tennis
Jayne Eadie Soccer
Margaret Earle Equestrian
Jennifer Edwards Women’s Track & Field
*Evan Eike Football
Kirby Ennis Football
Ryan Epperson Football
Drew Evans Men’s Golf
Amini Fonua Men’s Swimming & Diving
Alexey Grigorov Men’s Tennis
Ross Hales Baseball
Nick Han Mem’s Swimming & Diving
Dash Harris Men’s Basketball
Dustin Harris Football
Anna Heller Women’s Swimming & Diving
Tabarie Henry Men’s Track & Field
James Hodges Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Lauren Hodges Women’s Track & Field
Colin Hoover Men’s Tennis
Brandal Jackson Football
Jarod Jahns Men’s Basketball
Amanda Jenkins Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Byron Jones-Campbell Football
Jordan King Women’s Swimming & Diving
Austin Klores Men’s Tennis
Ryan Koch Football
Megan Latone Women’s Swimming & Diving
Derrek Lewis Men’s Basketball
Katie Lisabeth Equestrian
Ryan Liscum Football
Mary Michael Maggio Women’s Golf
Cassie Mantor Equestrian
Kyle Martin Baseball
Kevin Matthews Football
Shelby McGee Women’s Track & Field
Rita Medrano Munoz Women’s Swimming & Diving
Tori Mellinger Women’s Volleyball
Jennifer Menard Women’s Cross Country
Stephanie Minnerly Women’s Volleyball
Emma Myers Equestrian
Christina Navalta Soccer
Spencer Nealy Football
Liz Nelson Women’s Swimming & Diving
Uzoma Nwachukwu Football
Jackie O’Connell Equestrian
Laurel O’Donnell Women’s Track & Field
MacLean O’Donnell Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Michael Osadebey Football
*Bryan Parker Men’s Track & Field
Jaele Patrick Women’s Swimming & Diving
Sameer Patwardhan Men’s Tennis
Kori Pickett Equestrian
Michael Preble Men’s Track & Field
Jaclin Rehring Women’s Swimming & Diving
*Scott Renkes Football
Bonnie Richardson Women’s Track & Field
Taylor Rosser Women’s Track & Field
Jake Russell Football
Jordan Russell Men’s Golf
Colton Sandman Men’s Track & Field
Lauren Santacroce Women’s Tennis
Mary Grace Schmidt Soccer
Jake Schwartz Football
Kyle Serres Football
Sydney Shannon Softball
Kelsi Shevlin Equestrian
Kaleb Shrader Men’s Track & Field
Jonathan Stewart Football
George Stredny Men’s Cross Country/Track & Field
Elston Turner Men’s Basketball
Ray Turner Men’s Basketball
Cassie Tysarczyk Softball
John Wagner Men’s Swimming & Diving
Brittany Walker Softball
Amber Weems Women’s Track & Field
*Ryan Whitmer Football
Amanda Whitney Equestrian
Emily Williams Equestrian
Cierra Windham Women’s Basketball
Lindsey Witz Soccer
Ashton Young Men’s Track & Field
*Denotes graduate degree.
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