July 9, 2013
For the fifth time in the last six semesters, more than 300 Baylor student-athletes earned Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll status, as BU produced 316 honorees for the spring 2013 term. In addition, 66 student-athletes posted a perfect 4.0 mark for the semester.
All told, it was an impressive academic year for Baylor student-athletes. For the second consecutive year, a school-record tying 630 Baylor student-athletes earned Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll status--314 for the 2012 fall semester and 316 for the 2013 spring term. One-hundred-twenty-five (125) of those were named with a perfect 4.0 grade-point averages for at least one of the two terms--59 in the fall and 66 during the spring. Student-athletes must achieve a minimum 3.00 semester grade-point average to earn Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition.
Baylor established school records for both spring and total Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selections in 2012-13. It marked the eighth consecutive year BU achieved record numbers of overall and spring Commissioner's Honor Roll members, while its fall 2012 total ranked as the second-highest ever for that term behind the 2011 mark of 326.
In each of the last 10 semesters, the cumulative GPA of all Baylor teams has been above a 3.0, with the last five terms (spring 2011,fall 2011, spring 2012, fall 2012 and spring 2013) standing as the highest semester GPAs in school history for any semester. BU student-athletes had a 3.12 cumulative GPA for the fall 2012 semester, followed by a 3.15 mark in spring 2013--the second-highest semester GPA in school history.
Thirteen (13) Baylor teams posted 3.00 grade-point averages for both the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters. At the end of the 2013 spring semester, the cumulative GPA for all 19 BU teams stood at 3.19.
The 66 student-athletes who registered a 4.0 grade-point average during the spring 2013 semester were: Hunter Abbe (baseball), Courtney Acarregui (equestrian), Melanie Appel (equestrian), Doug Ashby (baseball), Lynette Atkinson (women's track), Leah Aultman (soccer), Nicole Bardaji (volleyball), Ryan Batson (equestrian), Julian Bley (men's tennis), Greg Bostick (men's track), Larissa Campos (soccer), Whitney Canion (softball), Ben Carl (baseball), Matthew Cochran (men's track), Sarah Crockett (softball), Steve DalPorto (baseball), Conner Daniels (equestrian), Karolina Filipiak (women's tennis), Tara Funk (equestrian), Jessica Gabler (women's track), Leigh Ann Ganzar (women's track), Chris Gordon (men's tennis), Jennifer Gueldner (women's track), Sarah Guhl (women's track), Danielle Hardman (acrobatics & tumbling), Erin Hegarty (women's track), Megan Hermann (equestrian), Kayla Horn (equestrian), Alexis Humenik (equestrian), Taylor Jackson (men's track), Kelsi Kettler (softball), Robin Landrith (softball), Dana Larsen (soccer), Makenzie Mayo (volleyball), Chris McElroy (men's track), Ashley McGehee (equestrian), Elizabeth Miller (equestrian), Hailey Minor (acrobatics & tumbling), Blake Niccum (men's track), Sona Novakova (women's tennis), Hope Ogden (volleyball), Liz Paul (softball), Jenna Pfeiffer (women's track), Patrick Pradella (men's tennis), Courtney Repka (softball), Diamond Richardson (women's track), Kate Riddle (equestrian), Jenna Rogers (women's track), Olivia Rogers (equestrian), Amy Rosenbaum (volleyball), Jordan Rux (men's tennis), Kyle Scanlan (men's track), Justin Schappell (men's track), Jaden Schupp (equestrian), Lisa Sliwinski (soccer), Hilary Tandy (equestrian), Kaylin Terry (women's golf), Angela Tharpe (women's track), Jonathan Tijerina (men's track), Cal Towey (baseball), Hannah Troop (equestrian), Elizabeth Uhlig (equestrian), Alexa Wilde (soccer), Sasha Wells (equestrian), Kim Woodsum (equestrian) and Katherine Zabilski (women's track).
Acknowledging all student-athletes, the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll is an inclusive honor for varsity sports sponsored by the league membership. The Honor Roll is recorded and released each semester and recognizes those student-athletes who had a 3.00 or better grade-point average in the previous semester. More than 3,000 student-athletes each semester have been named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in the league's 17-year history. Baylor has had more than 6,700 student-athletes honored since the Honor Roll began.