Colorado Springs, Colorado - A total of 33 San Diego State student-athletes representing 12 different sports have been named 2013-14 Mountain West Scholar Athletes for their work in the classroom, the conference announced today.
Seniors Bryce Quigley (football), TJ Kendzora (baseball), Katie Mathis (softball) and Mikaela Macklin (swimming and diving) were each honored for the fourth-straight year, while Greg Allen (baseball), Kristin Buth (women’s tennis), Sarah Haydock (track and field) and Courtney Vaccarello (volleyball) were honored for the third-consecutive year.
Seniors Chad Young (football) and Katie Thralls (track and field) each had a 4.0 cumulative GPA. The Aztec women’s swimming and diving team had the largest amount of SDSU honorees with 8 selections, highlighted by freshman Caroline Mitchell’s 3.86 GPA in foods and nutrition.
The SDSU football, baseball and cross country teams had the second-highest total of student-athletes earn the award with four apiece, followed by track and field (3), softball (2), women’s soccer (2), men’s tennis (2), men’s golf (1), women’s golf (1) women’s tennis (1) and volleyball (1).
A league-record 651 student-athletes were honored this year, surpassing the previous record of 632 in 2012-13. In addition, 50 individuals achieved a 4.0 cumulative grade point average over two or more terms, while 85 student-athletes were recognized in multiple sports.
The MW Scholar-Athlete Award is one of the highest academic honors given by the conference. To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least two semesters or three quarters at the member institution, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better, as well as competed in at least one varsity contest in an MW-sponsored sport during the 2013-14 academic year.