JWU Recognizes Academic Success on National Student-Athlete Day

JWU Recognizes Academic Success on National Student-Athlete Day


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PROVIDENCE, RI – As part of National NCAA Division III Week, the Johnson & Wales University athletics department took time on Friday to recognize student-athletes for their academic success. The event was held at the Rhode Island Room.

During the past calendar year, 161 student-athletes earned Academic All-Conference honors from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, New England Hockey Conference, Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference and New England Wrestling Association. Women's ice hockey led all teams with 15 selections while softball and men's hockey had 14. In the GNAC, Johnson & Wales was tops amongst all institutions with 123 recipients.

National & Regional Award Winners:

Field Hockey
For the fifth year in a row, the field hockey team has earned a Zag Field Hockey / NFHCA Division III National Academic Team Award for carrying at least a 3.0 grade point average. Through the winter term, the field hockey team had a 3.48 GPA.

Five student-athletes received the NFHCA Division III Scholars of Distinction honor for having a cumulative GPA of 3.80 or higher through the first semester of the 2018-19 academic year. Earning that honor was:

Megan Kramer
Jillian Miele
Sara Parrish
Grace Pendergast
Natalie Rivas

The NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad recognizes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2018-19 academic year. A program-best 16 student-athletes were named to the team. They are:

Gabrielle Catania
Tayla Darling
Claire Decker
Rachel DeVore
Erin Esty
Alaina Nardslico
Claire Nolan
Carlotta Petracci
Manuella Rios
Erin Robin
Kailey Gouveia
Megan Kramer
Jillian Miele
Sara Parrish
Grace Pendergast
Natalie Rivas

Men's Golf
The Johnson & Wales men's golf team was named a 2017-18 Golf Coaches Association of America All-Academic Team for having at least 3.0 GPA.

Men's Lacrosse:
The 2018 Men's Lacrosse team had four student-athletes on the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) New England All-Academic team. In order to be eligible, these players must have senior academic standings with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.:

Anthony DeMarche
Eric Russo
Sam Sears
Max Stone

Stone was also selected as an United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Scholar All-American.

Men's Tennis
The Johnson & Wales men's tennis team was recognized by Intercollegiate Tennis Association for their academic success.  Ryan Schiele, Andrew Greenleaf, and Marco Saldierna were named to the All-Academic Team for a 3.6 GPA and higher.

The softball team was ranked second amongst all NCAA Division III softball teams with a GPA of 3.72 and were fourth amongst all softball teams at all levels. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Scholar-Athlete award recognizes student-athletes that have a 3.5 GPA and above:

Sierra Ali
Saxon Bresnahan
Jennifer Corona
Olivia DiGiacomo
Brenna DuPerry
Alex Fantasia
Taylor Fay
Kristin Frost
Meghan Gavin
Sheyann Goodwin
Kayla McKinnon
Sheri Minalga
Ally Mishol
Kayla Prior
Katie Rufo
Julie Saliba
Devin Scales
Tiffani Semanchik
Noelle Weiss

Rufo was also selected to the First-Team Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Women's Golf
The Johnson & Wales women's golf team was named an Empire 8 All-Academic Team for the 2017-18 season.  Alexis Anastos was named to the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Division III All-Scholar team and the Empire 8 President's List.

Women's Lacrosse
The 2018 women's lacrosse team placed five student-athletes on the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll for having a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher:

Madeline Bishara
Anastasia DeLuca
Kathy Ensor
Deja Hursey
Erin Smith

Women's Tennis
The Johnson & Wales women's tennis team was recognized by ITA for their academic success. Six student-athletes were named to the All-Academic Team for a GPA over 3.6. Those athletes are:

Ashley Hartford
Madison Hernandez
Taylor Klein
Claire Parry
Lauren Torre
Gabriella Velazquez

Women's Volleyball
The women's volleyball team was honored with the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award as well as New England Women's Volleyball Association Team Academic Award.  Junior Maria Coniglio and senior Katie Leidhold were named CoSIDA Second-Team Academic All Americans. Junior Kate Walker collected a Third-Team selection.

The JWU wrestling team ranked 27th in the nation with a 3.396 GPA. The Wildcats placed five wrestlers on the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III All-Academic Team:

Christopher Behen
Da'Mani Burns
Adrian Gonzalez
Darius Joyce
Craig Sampson