C-USA Academic Medals Awarded to UCF's Best and Brightest



March 28, 2012

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By Jenna Marina

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Thirty-two UCF student-athletes were recognized Wednesday with the prestigious Conference USA Academic Medal. Medals are awarded to student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.75 or better.

UCF's medal winners represent ten sports programs. The women's rowing team led the way with six student-athletes, followed closely by the women's soccer and softball teams with five each.

At least 32 Knights have earned medals during three of the last four years.

"Achieving a GPA of 3.75 or higher is a tremendous accomplishment for our student-athletes, who work hard in their classes while balancing the rigorous demands of their sports," said Vice President and Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury. "The fact that so many of our student-athletes have earned academic recognitions from Conference USA is a testament to their determination and the support of our dedicated faculty members, coaches and academic advisors."

C-USA announced its academic honor roll (3.0 GPA or better) Tuesday, and 221 Knights were on the list. That total ranked second among all C-USA schools and first among the league's public institutions.

UCF's student-athletes have collectively achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 for each of the last eight semesters.

In October, UCF posted a program-best 83 percent Graduation Success Rate, which tied with the University of Florida for the top rating among Florida's public universities.

UCF's academic medal winners are listed below in alphabetical order by sport:

Jacob Bundy (Business Economics)
Lyle Dankenbring (MAT Social Science Education)

Men's Golf
McCabe Buege(Business-Pending)

Women's Rowing
Jesse Baldwin (Communication Science and Disorders)
Heather Hart (Finance)
Chelsey Lauzon (Elementary Education; Minor: Coaching)
Kelsey McCreary (Cinema Studies)
Beatriz Merino (Pre-Clinical Allied Health; Minor: Spanish)
Carly Tucker (Sport and Exercise Science/Psychology)

Men's Soccer
Augusto Braccialli (Civil Engineering)
Cameron Cooksey (Psychology)
Kyle Cox (Molecular and Microbiology)
Jake Weiss (Psychology)

Women's Soccer
Zoe Hayes (Biomedical Science)
Tishia Jewell (Public Administration/Nonprofit Management)
Katy Ling (Psychology)
Diana Manis (Biology)
Dara Spital (Communication Sciences and Disorders)

Mackenzie Audas (Early Childhood Education)
Alex Hartshorn (Hospitality Management)
Blaire Kelley (Elementary Education)
Abby McClain (Biology)
Farrah Sullivan (Mathematics Education)

Men's Tennis
Juan Bolona (Finance-pending)
Jorge Blasco (Interdisciplinary Studies; Minor: Math)

Women's Tennis
Taylor Dubins (Communication Sciences and Disorders)

Track and Field
Ali Brandehoff (Undeclared)
Brittany McCord (Athletic Training)
Jessica Pachay (Elementary Education)
Jamie Perzanowski (Philosophy)

Dani Harrison (Marketing)
Tory McCutcheon (Molecular Biology and Microbology)

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