Redbird Athletics Recognizes 2012 AFNI Honor Roll

Jan. 30, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - At a recent men's basketball game, the Illinois State Athletics Department recognized 343 student-athletes who were named to the AFNI Athletics Honor Roll during the spring and fall semesters of 2012. During the Spring 2012 semester, the department grade-point average (GPA) was a 3.15 and most recently in the fall 2012 semester, the student-athletes achieved an athletic department GPA of 3.09.

"Our student-athletes should be proud of their efforts in the classroom, as Illinois State had 84 Redbirds earn a 4.0 GPA in either the spring or fall of 2012, while 343 qualify for the AFNI Athletics Honor Roll," Associate Athletic Director/Academics and Life Skills Dr. Paul Downey said. "We set two new team GPA records and had seven teams earn national recognition for their academic accomplishments. We are off to a great start this semester and the AFNI Honor Roll recognition night provides a little extra incentive for our student-athletes to excel in the classroom."

In the spring of 2012, the women's volleyball team won the team GPA award with a 3.56. In the fall, the women's tennis team won with a 3.72, and set a new department record for highest women's GPA. The men's tennis team achieved top GPA honors for both semesters. In the fall, the team had a 3.25 GPA and set a department record GPA for men's teams with a 3.61 team GPA in the spring semester. A total of seven Redbird teams received national recognition for academic accomplishments from their governing bodies in 2012, including gymnastics, men's tennis, softball, swimming and diving, women's cross country, women's tennis and volleyball.

During the spring and fall semesters of 2012, a total of 84 student-athletes earned a cumulative GPA of 4.0. The student-athletes who earned a 4.0 in 2012 are listed below by sport:

Baseball: Ryan Camp, Paul Dejong
Women's Basketball: Emily Hanley, Chloe Nelson, Katy Winge, Alexis Foley
Football: Scott Kuehn, Steve Nelson, Jake Wienhoff
Men's Golf: Eric Meier, Parker Freiburg, Tyler Pope-Ferguson
Gymnastics: Kim Caron, Kim Genereux, Sami King, Melissa Mann, Emily Matko, Tori Sarantakis, Chelsie Seplowin
Soccer: Jess Carlson, Kayla Campbell, Kristin Cooley, Kyla Cross, Afton Delvecchio, Kelly Kalkofen, Mara Kremenovic, Natalie McCabe, Allie Newsom, Kelly Rosenthal, Heather Sterling, Anna Stinson
Softball: Taylor Baxter, Jordan Birch, Sara Bradley, Molly Cull, Nichelle Harrison, Elizabeth Kay, Lauren Kellar, Hayley Malier, Megan Warner
Swimming and Diving: Tori Alland, Morgan Buechele, Maureen Doyle, Molly Gomberg, Erica Halley, Polly Hirt,Valerie Jones, Maggie Kopp, Madicyn Prouty, Kelly Sanks, Danielle Schumacher, Wenting Zhang
Men's Tennis: Filip Miljevic
Women's Tennis: Hannah Esker, Heather Nisbet, Phyllis Tigges, Stefanie Youngberg, Kadi Ilves
Men's Track and Field/Cross Country: Alex Forde, CJ Hamilton, Brian Pflederer, Alexander Roark, Kendric Smith, Jake Trancoso, Matt Wiggen
Women's Track and Field/Cross Country: Ruth Allen, Becky Anderson, Rachael Brewer, Kim Christensen, Krista DeCeault, Sammi Donovan, Whitney Haskett, Jess Husted, Rachelle Harbert, Shannon Nemetz, Amanda Rafidia, Elise Sigg, Brittany Smith, Emily Swift
Volleyball: Brooklyn Hlafka, Shannon McGlaughlin, Angela Rego, Eliza Smith, Kristin Stauter Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, TRC gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.