Led by 13 student-athletes who posted a perfect 4.0 GPA for the year, USC Upstate placed 145 student-athletes on the ASUN Academic Honor Roll to highlight the department’s academic accomplishments in 2015-16.
Upstate’s 145 academic honor roll selections mark the third time in nine years in the ASUN that the Spartans have topped 140 academic honor roll selections. In total, Upstate placed 64.37 percent of its student-athletes on the team. A student-athlete earns ASUN Academic Honor Roll recognition for achieving a 3.0 GPA or better for the academic year.
“I am very proud of our student-athletes for their commitment to their academic work and I congratulate them on their success,” said Athletic Director Lee Fowler. “The time and physical demands placed on student-athletes within their respective sports are tough and being able to balance their commitment to academics and athletics is not easy. As a group, our student-athletes have proven to not only be able to handle the pressure, but to excel in doing so. I could not be more proud of their efforts and dedication in receiving a quality education and moving toward receiving their degrees.”
Upstate had 13 student-athletes, good for third in the ASUN, achieve a perfect 4.0 GPA for the 2015-16 academic year. The Spartans with a perfect 4.0 GPA were Ansley Gilstrap (softball), Kevin Hickey (baseball), Lindsay O’Steen (softball), Emma Safranek (women’s soccer), Jaden Savage (baseball), Leon Schwarzer (men’s soccer), Lexi Shubert (softball), Carol Sigaki (women’s tennis), Lukas Sommer (men’s soccer), Amy Szymanowski (softball), Ashleigh Torres (women’s cross country/track & field), Hailey Venable (women’s soccer) and Vale Zarama (women’s tennis).
In total, the conference had 125 student-athletes that were Graduates with ASUN Honors by completing their eligibility with a GPA of 3.5 or better. Upstate had 16 student-athletes recognized with ASUN Honors. The 16 student-athletes were Malika Allie (women’s golf), Ellen Bright (women’s soccer), Rajanvir Dharni (men’s tennis), James Fowlkes (baseball), Javon Gates (volleyball), Travonda Haddock (women’s basketball), Alexa Hone (women’s soccer), Anastasia Kolesnitchenko (women’s cross country/track & field), Courtney Reilly (women’s soccer), Ramon Simonetti (men’s tennis), Brittany Starling (women’s basketball), Amy Szymanowski (softball), Ashleigh Torres (women’s cross country/track & field), Hailey Venable (women’s soccer), Shannon Weiss (volleyball) and Anna Zoske (women’s tennis).
Earlier this year, Rachel Baylor (women’s soccer) became the first player in program history to be named the ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In addition, Schwarzer was a Third Team CoSIDA Academic All-American honoree.