Seawolves produce 17 academic all-stars, six perfect GPAs

by Michelle Saport  |   

header_logoUAA student-athletes posted a league-high six 4.0 grade-point averages and landed 17 total honorees Tuesday, July 23, as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference announced its second annual GNAC Faculty Athletic Representatives' Scholar-Athlete Awards in Portland, Ore.

A total of 139 GNAC student-athletes-98 women and 41 men-received the award presented to the most outstanding scholar-athletes at each of the league's 10 universities. To qualify for the award, a student-athlete must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.85. All student-athletes listed on any GNAC squad list, regardless of whether the sport is an officially recognized sport by the GNAC, are eligible for the prestigious award.

Fourteen of the student-athletes selected to receive the award this year have perfect 4.0 GPAs, including six Seawolves: Marie-Sophie Boggasch (gymnastics), Sarah Freistone (skiing, cross country/track & field), Sarah Johnson (volleyball), Simone Penker (gymnastics), Etienne Richard (skiing) and Teancum Stafford (basketball).

UAA's 17 total honorees (four men, 13 women) were third behind Montana State Billings (21 total) and Northwest Nazarene (18). The other Seawolves to gain 2012-13 GNAC FAR Award honors were: Sean Alexander (men's skiing), Brandon Brewster (men's skiing), Anna Berecz  (women's skiing), Ida Bjerka (women's skiing), Emily Petersen  (gymnastics), Bryn Haebe  (cross country/track & field), Patricia Sprecher  (women's skiing), Christi Schmitz  (cross country/track & field), Melissa Castle (women's basketball), Cara McCulloch (women's skiing) and Nikkie Viotto (volleyball).

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