78 Texas A&M Student-Athletes Are Set to Graduate

By: TAMU Sports Information Department/Adam Quisenberry
By: TAMU Sports Information Department/Adam Quisenberry

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Among the record number of degree candidates at the Texas A&M commencement exercises this Friday and Saturday (May 9-10) at Reed Arena are 78 Aggie student-athletes.

“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 351 student-athletes were honored at the Building Champions Awards (BCAs) for achieving a semester or cumulative 3.0 grade point average or higher during the 2013-14 school year, including 15 who were named Outstanding Athletic Scholars for posting a perfect 4.0 GPA for at least one semester.

Jake Matthews, an Aggie All-American football player who graduated from the Mays Business School in December of 2013 and is expected to be a first-round NFL draft pick in Thursday’s draft, and Meghan Streight, an All-SEC Aggie women’s soccer player who started every match of her Aggie career received the President’s Awards.

The President’s Award is the highest award that is presented to a student-athlete at Texas A&M by the Athletics Department. The individual receiving this award is someone who displays extraordinary talents in areas of athletics, scholarship, leadership and service.

Dr. Karan Watson, Provost and Executive President for Academic Affairs, presented the President’s Award to Streight from the soccer team and Matthews from the football team.

The Bill Erwin Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year at Texas A&M were from the men’s swimming and diving athlete Paul-Marc Schweitzer and Allie Sawatzky from the women’s volleyball team.

The awards are named for longtime Texas A&M athletics supporter and local philanthropist Bill Erwin. The recipients have to be in their final year of athletic eligibility and demonstrate outstanding academic and athletic performances.

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 Blake McDonald from the men’s basketball team and women’s soccer player Nore Skelton, while Paul-Marc Schweitzer from men’s swimming and diving and Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, a three-sport athlete from women’s tennis, women’s soccer and women’s basketball earned the H. Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarships.

In this second year in the SEC, the Aggies have brought home SEC titles from the women’s soccer regular season as well as the tournament championship and the men’s tennis team recently claimed the SEC Tournament Championship.

Five of the Aggie squads finished in the Top 10 of their respective national polls, with women’s swimming and diving currently holding top honors as the team finished fourth in the final NCAA Championships. The Aggie women’s indoor track and field squad finished fifth while the men’s indoor unit finished eighth. The women’s basketball team reached the Elite 8 of the NCAA Championships and women’s soccer ended the season ranked No. 8. The Aggie football team ended the year with their third straight bowl victory and another Top 25 finish.

Several sports are winding up their respective season:

* Men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams will compete in the SEC Championships in Lexington, Ky. Both squads are currently ranked in the top five 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. 9 in the country and the men’s squad ranked No. 10.

* Softball is ranked No. 24 in the country and awaits NCAA Championship plans.

* Baseball team is making a run to the postseason as the Aggies are coming off a weekend of taking two-of-three from LSU at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park and will close out the regular season with a three-game set against Ole Miss (May 15-17).

* Golf, the men’s team is ranked No. 11 and will compete in the NCAA Regional next week, while the women’s golf team is No. 32 in the nation and begins NCAA Regional competition this week.

All six commencement ceremonies are at Reed Arena and are scheduled for 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

78 MAY 2014 STUDENT-ATHLETE GRADUATES

Name Sport

Mariah Agre Volleyball

Niall Angus Men’s Tennis

Sarah Balfour Women’s Track & Field

Lindsey Bernbaum Equestrian

Kayla Briel Equestrian

Jack Burley Men’s Swimming & Diving

Katherine Caldwell Women’s Swimming & Diving

*Skylar Collins Women’s Basketball

Stephen Curry Men’s Track & Field

Kelly Czumbie Women’s Track & Field

Shawn Dalglish Women’s Track & Field

Jermaine Davis Men’s Track & Field

Micah Dettmer Men’s Track & Field

Mel Dumezich Softball

Omar Enriquez Tenorio Men’s Swimming & Diving

Connor Fields Football

Donique’ Flemings Women’s Track & Field

Alex Freeman Football

Allison Garrett Softball

Sam Giamfortone Football

Caitlin Gilmore Women’s Track & Field

Lyndsey Gnatzig Soccer

Jonathan Gomez Men’s Track & Field

Haley Gooch Women’s Track & Field

Garrett Gramling Football

Sam Humphreys Men’s Track & Field

Toney Hurd, Jr. Football

Aliese Hyde Women’s Track & Field

Steven Jenkins Football

Kevin Jenschke Football

Jason Jester Baseball

Chelsea Jones Soccer

Ryan Kelley Men’s Golf

Travis Labhart Football

Breeja Larson Women’s Swimming & Diving

Tyler Lee Men’s Track & Field

Rachel Lenz Soccer

Caleb Little Football

Janell Lysack Women’s Golf

Alyssa Martin Equestrian

Meagan May Softball

Ibukun Mayungbe Women’s Track & Field

John McClure Men’s Swimming & Diving

Caroline McElhany Women’s Swimming & Diving

Maureen McLaine Women’s Swimming & Diving

Clint Naron Football

Emily Neubert Women’s Swimming & Diving

Justin Ortega Football

Cameron Peck Men’s Golf

Dustin Phillips Men’s Track & Field

Jonathan Puffer Football

*Oscar Ramirez Men’s Track & Field

Parker Ray Baseball

Kaydee Rayburn Softball

Natalie Reeves Women’s Golf

Heather Reynolds Volleyball

CiCi Riddle Equestrian

*Joseph Roberts Men’s Track & Field

Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar Women’s Tennis, Basketball, Soccer

Allie Sawatzky Volleyball

Jade Scott Men’s Golf

Tess Simpson Women’s Swimming & Diving

Nora Skelton Soccer

Ashley Skold Equestrian

Seth Smith Football

Cristina Stancu Women’s Tennis

Gavin Stansbury Football

Troy Stein Baseball

Casey Strong Men’s Track & Field

Wen Sun Women’s Tennis

Charlie Thomas Football

Claire Toomey Women’s Swimming & Diving

Taran Tyler Softball

Nazari Urbina Women’s Tennis

Ellie Wilkins Equestrian

Dylan Williams Men’s Track & Field

*Austin Wilson Men’s Swimming & Diving

Brandon Wood Baseball

*Denotes graduate degree.


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