Thirty-Seven Tigers Listed On SEC Winter Honor Roll
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Thirty-seven LSU student-athletes from the men’s basketball, women’s basketball, gymnastics, and swimming and diving teams earned recognition for the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll as announced by the league office Wednesday.
The swimming and diving team led the way for LSU with 26 student-athletes. There were 13 honorees for both the men’s and women’s programs, including All-Americans Logan Rysemus, Andrew Suchla and Kara Kopcso.
Rysemus is a two-time NCAA All-American and three-time NCAA qualifier. The 2016 100 fly SEC silver medalist owns school records in the 100 fly, 100 back, 200-medley relay and 400-medley relay. The native of Tacoma, Wash., will graduate in May and is up for the SEC’s prestigious H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship.
Suchla concludes his LSU career after earning a trip to his first NCAA Championships this season, picking up honorable mention All-America honors on one-meter to place 14th overall in the nation.
During her tenure, Kopcso qualified for the NCAA Championships all four years, earning honorable mention All-America honors in the 200 fly her sophomore season. Kopcso finishes her career as a four-time school record holder in the 200 and 400 individual medleys, as well as the 100 and 200 fly.
Eight LSU gymnasts earned spots on the honor roll. Those listed include Sydney Ewing, Ashleigh Gnat, Myia Hambrick, McKenna Kelley, Erin Macadaeg, Kylie Moran, Lexie Priessman and Kaitlyn Szafranski.
The gymnastics team is fresh off a school-record finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships where the Tigers were the national runner-up for the second-straight season. LSU earned a 197.7375 for the second-highest score at an NCAA meet in school history, as the Tigers reached the NCAA Super Six for the sixth time in program history and the fourth time in the last five seasons.
Senior Rina Hill and sophomore Shanice Norton represented the women’s basketball team with Winter Honor Roll honors. Hill is a four-year honoree, earning first-year accolades in 2014, and this is Norton’s first academic honor from the league. Hill, who was also named to the SEC Community Service Team in 2017, will graduate from LSU in May with a degree in general business and a minor in Asian studies.
LSU men’s basketball was represented by Brandon Eddlestone, a multiple-time member of the list. Eddlestone was a four-year walk-on for the LSU Basketball program who will graduate in May. In his final season, he received a scholarship from the men’s basketball staff for his work ethic and dedication both to athletics and academics.
The 2016-17 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2016 Spring, Summer and Fall terms. A total of 701 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.
The complete 2016-17 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll for LSU follows:
Brandon Eddlestone, Men’s Basketball, Accounting
Rina Hill, Women’s Basketball, Business Administration
Shanice Norton, Women’s Basketball, Sociology
Myia Hambrick, Gymnastics, Mass Communication
Erin Macadaeg, Gymnastics, Marketing
Kylie Moran, Gymnastics, Kinesiology
Sydney Ewing, Gymnastics, Kinesiology
Ashleigh Gnat, Gymnastics, Sport Administration
McKenna Kelley, Gymnastics, Mass Communication
Lexie Priessman, Gymnastics, Mass Communication
Kaitlyn Szafranski, Gymnastics, Kinesiology
Joao Mescolote, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Marketing
Silas Dejean, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Marketing
Brandon Goldman, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Finance
Devin McCaffrey, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Plant & Soil Systems
Damen Pheiffer, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Coastal Environmental
Logan Rysemus, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Political Science
Andrew Suchla, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Kinesiology
Harrison Jones, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Kinesiology
Alarii Levreault-Lopez, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Petroleum Engineering
Matt McClellan, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Natural Resource Ecology Management
Mitchell Petras, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Petroleum Engineering
Matthew Phillip, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Kinesiology
Thomas Smith, Men’s Swimming & Diving, Information Systems and Decision Science
Jane MacDougall, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Elementary Education
Kate Zimmer, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Nutrition
Angele Cherbonnier, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Marketing
Kara Kopcso, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Kinesiology – Sports Studies
Katie Lagarde, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Kinesiology – Human
Hannah Martin, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Kinesiology – Human
Leah Troskot, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Mechanical Engineering
Sophie Weber, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Finance
Makenna Wilson, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Mass Communication
Sophia Bisch, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Kinesiology – Human
Lia Joslin, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Accounting
Rileigh Knox, Women’s Swimming & Diving, Mathematics
Gabrielle Pick, Women’s Swimming & Diving, General Business