Feb. 1, 2013
WACO, Texas -
The fall 2012 semester proved yet again that Baylor student-athletes dominate not only on the field, but also in the classroom. This semester, 129 student-athletes from Baylor's varsity sports were named to the 2012 fall Dean's List, topping the spring 2012 semester's 121. Dean's List recognition is awarded to Baylor students with a 3.7 grade-point average, enrolled in at least 12 hours and who make no grade lower than a C.
For the 12th consecutive semester, Baylor has also produced a record number of Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll members, as 313 of its student-athletes, including 59 who achieved a perfect 4.0 semester GPA, were named to the league's 2012 fall academic honor list. It marks the 11th straight term that more than 200 BU student-athletes received Commissioner's Honor Roll status.
Baylor student-athletes recording a 4.0 grade-point average during the fall 2012 semester included: Melanie Appel (equestrian), Doug Ashby (baseball), Leah Aultman (soccer), Nicole Bardaji (volleyball), Ryan Batson (equestrian), Kate Beaudoin (soccer), Sydney Betke (softball), Greg Bostick (men's track), Kolt Browder (baseball), Ashley Byrd (volleyball), Whitney Canion (softball), Ben Carl (baseball), Deonka Ceaser (acrobatics & tumbling), Matthew Cochran (men's track), Sarah Crockett (softball), Conner Daniels (equestrian), Karolina Filipiak (women's tennis), Katya Finta (acrobatics & tumbling), Leah Frazier (women's track), Tara Funk (equestrian), Jessica Gabler (women's track), Nate Goodwin (baseball), Chris Gordon (men's tennis), Sarah Guhl (women's track), Erin Hegarty (women's track), Megan Hermann (equestrian), Mike Hicks (football), Megan Horter (women's tennis), Justine Hovden (soccer), Alexis Humenik (equestrian), Brittany Hunemuller (soccer), Taylor Jackson (men's track), Kelsi Kettler (softball), Kim Kirby (women's track), Robin Landrith (softball), Dana Larsen (soccer), Logan Lowery (men's basketball), Chris McElroy (men's track), Catie McGowan (soccer), Kevin Mitchell (football), Blake Niccum (men's track), Sona Novakova (women's tennis), Courtney Pate (acrobatics & tumbling), Liz Paul (softball), Ginger Plemmons (acrobatics & tumbling), Emily Reder (equestrian), Kate Riddle (equestrian), Olivia Rogers (equestrian), Jordan Rux (men's tennis), Jaden Schupp (equestrian), Kathy Shelton (softball), Lisa Sliwinski (soccer), Valerie Sternebeck (women's golf), Hilary Tandy (equestrian), Sue Carol Thompson (equestrian), Drew Tolson (baseball), Alexa Wilde (soccer), Kim Woodsum (equestrian) and Catherine Zabilski (women's track).
The cumulative grade-point average of all Baylor student-athletes for the fall 2012 semester was a 3.12, the eighth consecutive semester their cumulative GPA passed the 3.00 mark. Sixteen of Baylor's 19 varsity teams registered a fall 2012 term cumulative GPA of at least a 3.00, outnumbering last semester's 15 teams. Three varsity teams set an all-time high term GPA, including softball with a 3.54, men's cross country with a 3.45 and equestrian with a 3.35.
As Baylor student-athletes continue to build a strong presence on the field, their hard work is noticeably transitioning into the classroom. "Ian McCaw asked us to develop a 4-year plan to prepare our student-athletes for the real world. With the help of our staff, student-athletes, coaches and faculty members we have created an atmosphere conducive to learning and preparing them for their future," said Bart Byrd, Associate Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Services.
By Madelyn Lloyd
Athletic Communications Student Assistant