SEC Announces Winter Academic Honors
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Forty-five LSU student-athletes from the men’s basketball, women’s basketball, gymnastics, and swimming and diving teams earned spots on the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll as announced by the league office Friday.
The swimming and diving team led the way for LSU with 29 student-athletes, including all-Americans Logan Rysemus, Cassie Weil and Leah Troskot. The women’s program placed 19 student-athletes on the list for the second-straight year.
Rysemus rounded out his junior season with all-America honors in the 100 fly and 100 back. The Tacoma, Washington native broke the school record in both events and also earned silver at SEC Championships. Rysemus became the first swimmer in school history to go sub-46 in both the 100 fly and 100 back.
Weil capped a remarkable career as a six-time all-American between three-meter and platform. At NCAA Championships, Weil earned the highest finish for a Lady Tiger at the national event since 2004 as she finished fifth on platform.
Troskot also earned all-America honors in the 100 free after earning a spot in the consolation final. The junior finished 13th overall with a personal-best time of 48.37. Troskot became the fifth Lady Tiger in school history to earn the honors in the 100 free and the first since Amanda Kendall in 2011.
Ten LSU gymnasts earned spots on the honor roll. Those listed include Sydney Ewing, Michelle Gauthier, Ashleigh Gnat, Myia Hambrick, Erin Macadaeg, Kylie Moran, Shonacee Oliva, Jessica Savona, Randii Wyrick and Shae Zamardi.
The gymnastics team is fresh off a school-record finish at the 2016 NCAA Championships where the Tigers were the national runner-up. LSU earned a 197.4500 to place second, the highest finish in school history, as the Tigers reached the NCAA Super Six for the fifth time in program history and the third time in the last four seasons.
Seniors Ann Jones and Anne Pedersen, junior Rina Hill and sophomore Jenna Deemer earned accolades on the women’s basketball team. Pedersen and Jones have already earned their bachelor’s degrees from LSU. Pedersen, who is currently working on her master’s degree in sport pedagogy, is a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Hill picks up her third-straight honor roll designation by the league office, and Deemer was a member of the SEC’s First-Year Academic Honor Roll in 2014-15.
LSU men’s basketball was represented by Henry Shortess and Brandon Eddlestone, both multiple time members of the list. Shortess, who will graduate in three years in May, was given a scholarship by Coach Johnny Jones this semester for his dedicated work to help make the program better.
The 2015-16 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2015 Spring, Summer and Fall terms. A total of 667 student-athletes received accolades around the conference.
Any student-athlete who participates in a Southeastern Conference championship sport or a student-athlete who participates in a sport listed on his/her institution’s NCAA Sports Sponsorship Form is eligible for nomination to the Academic Honor Roll. The following criteria is followed:
(1) A student-athlete must have a grade point average of 3.00 or above for either the preceding academic year (two semesters or three quarters) or have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution.
(2) If a student-athlete attends summer school, his/her grade point average during the summer academic term must be included in the calculation used to determine eligibility for the Academic Honor Roll.
(3) Student-athletes eligible for the Honor Roll include those receiving an athletics scholarship, recipients of an athletics award (i.e., letter winner), and non-scholarship student-athletes who have been on a varsity team for two seasons.
(4) Prior to being nominated, a student-athlete must have successfully completed 24 semester or 36 quarter hours of non-remedial academic credit toward a baccalaureate degree at the nominating institution.
(5) The student-athlete must have been a member of a varsity team for the sport’s entire NCAA Championship segment.
LSU’s complete 2015-16 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll follows:
Brandon Eddlestone – Men’s Basketball – Accounting
Henry Shortess – Men’s Basketball – Management
Jenna Deemer – Women’s Basketball – Kinesiology
Rina Hill – Women’s Basketball – General Business
Ann Jones – Women’s Basketball – Interdisciplinary Studies
Anne Pedersen – Women’s Basketball – Pedagogy
Sydney Ewing – Gymnastics – Kinesiology
Michelle Gauthier – Gymnastics – Kinesiology
Ashleigh Gnat – Gymnastics – Sport Administration
Myia Hambrick – Gymnastics – Mass Communication
Erin Macadaeg – Gymnastics – Marketing
Kylie Moran – Gymnastics – Kinesiology
Shonacee Oliva – Gymnastics – Kinesiology
Jessica Savona – Gymnastics – Kinesiology
Randii Wyrick – Gymnastics – Sport Administration
Shae Zamardi – Gymnastics – Sport Administration
Harry Ackland – Men’s Swimming and Diving – Marketing
Silas Dejean – Men’s Swimming and Diving – Marketing
Elliot Dewlen – Men’s Swimming and Diving – Construction Management
Austin Drummond – Men’s Swimming and Diving – Finance
Brandon Goldman – Men’s Swimming and Diving – Finance
Alex Linge – Men’s Swimming and Diving – General Business
Devin McCaffrey – Men’s Swimming and Diving – Plant & Soil Systems
Damen Pheiffer – Men’s Swimming and Diving – Coastal Environmental Science
Logan Rysemus – Men’s Swimming and Diving – Political Science
Andrew Suchla – Men’s Swimming and Diving – Kinesiology
Allie Alter – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Textiles, Apparel, & Merchandising
Angele Cherbonnier – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Finance
Megan Cox – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Marketing
Jessie James – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Sport Administration
Kara Kopcso – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Kinesiology
Katie Lagarde – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Kinesiology
Jane MacDougall – Women’s Swimming and Diving – General/Special Education
Taryn MacKenzie – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Kinesiology
Hannah Martin – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Kinesiology
Caley Oquist – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Sport Administration
Stacey Stanfield – Women’s Swimming and Diving – English
Madison Sthamann – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Kinesiology
Danielle Stirrat – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Psychology
Leah Troskot – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Mechanical Engineering
Sophie Weber – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Finance
Cassie Weil – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Textiles, Apparel, & Merchandising
Makenna Wilson – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Mass Communication
Kari Wray – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Mechanical Engineering
Kate Zimmer – Women’s Swimming and Diving – Nutrition & Food Sciences