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102 Texas A&M Student-Athletes Set to Graduate

May 08, 2013
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas— Among the record number of degree candidates at the Texas A&M commencement exercises this Friday and Saturday (May 10-11) at Reed Arena are 102 Aggie student-athletes. This year’s senior class will be most remembered for helping successfully usher Texas A&M into the Southeastern Conference.

“I am extremely proud of these young people for taking advantage of an opportunity to continue to play a sport they love, while also earning a degree from our world-class university,” Director of Athletics Eric Hyman said. “These student-athletes have put in a lot of time, effort and dedication to reach this goal, and everyone who has supported them throughout their lives is to be congratulated as well.”

“Many of these student-athletes have not only excelled on the playing fields and in the classrooms, but also through their community outreach efforts,” Hyman explained. “They are excellent role models and outstanding representatives of Texas A&M and Aggies everywhere.”

Recently a total of 505 student-athletes and student support staff were honored for achieving a semester or cumulative 3.0 grade point average or higher during the 2012-13 school year, including 62 who were named Outstanding Athletic Scholars for posting a perfect 4.0 GPA for at least one semester.

The Bill Erwin Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year at Texas A&M will walk the stage this weekend. Case Cochran from the men’s golf squad was named the male winner and Amanda Brightwell from the equestrian team was the female recipient.

Four senior Aggie student-athletes were recipients of a combined $25,000 in postgraduate scholarships from the SEC. The Brad Davis SEC Community Service Postgraduate Scholarship honorees were Steven Terrell from football and Beth West from women’s soccer, while Case Cochran from men’s golf and Lindsey Miller from women’s volleyball earned the H. Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarships.

In this first year in the SEC, the Aggies have brought home SEC titles from the women’s basketball tournament and as the women’s tennis regular season champions. Also, four of the Aggie squads earned top honors in the SEC’s Western Division: women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s tennis and women’s tennis.

Five of the Aggie squads finished in the Top 10 of their respective national polls, with men’s indoor track and field and women’s swimming and diving tying for top honors as both finished fourth in the final NCAA Championships. The Aggie football team ended the year 11-2 and with a No. 5 national ranking. Women’s equestrian reached the national quarterfinals and finished No. 8, while women’s basketball ended the season No. 9 in the AP poll. An additional four teams—women’s indoor track and field, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s swimming and diving all finished in their respective Top 25 national rankings.

Several sports are winding up their respective season:

- Men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams will compete in the SEC Championships this weekend in Columbia, Mo. Both squads are currently ranked second in the country.

- Men’s and women’s tennis squads will host NCAA first and second round action this weekend at Texas A&M’s Mitchell Tennis Center. Both are poised to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament, with the women’s team ranked No. 3 in the country and the men’s squad ranked No. 11.

- Softball is ranked No. 14 in the country and will travel to Lexington, Ky., to compete in this week’s SEC Tournament.

-  Baseball team is making a run to the postseason as the Aggies are coming off of a sweep of Missouri and will host LSU in a three-game set at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

- In golf, the men’s team is ranked No. 20 and will compete in the NCAA Regional next week, while the women’s golf team is No. 24 in the nation and begins NCAA Regional competition this week.

All commencement ceremonies are open to the public at Reed Arena without need of tickets, according to university officials. Texas A&M’s all-time top graduation mark for student-athletes in a semester was 120 in May 2009.

102 MAY 2013 STUDENT-ATHLETE GRADUATES

Name                                       Sport
*David Adame                               Football
*Elizabeth Adeoti                          Women's Track & Field
Aaron Arterburn                            Football
Rachael Balaguer                           Soccer
Kristin Bell                               Equestrian
Kristi Bellock                             Women's Basketball
Marisa Bernal                              Equestrian
Julie Blanco                               Women's Track & Field
Kelsey Bone                                Women's Basketball
Laura Brainard                             Equestrian
Amanda Brightwell                          Equestrian
Randy Bullock                              Football
Wes Caceres                                Men's Track & Field
*Chris Calflisch                           Football
Itzel Cetina                               Women's Track & Field
*Blane Cheatham                            Football
Morgan Cleveland                           Equestrian
Case Cochran                               Men's Golf
Josh Crabill                               Football
Lexi Crommett                              Women's Track & Field
Mitchell Crouch                            Football
Janelle Cuthbertson                        Women's Tennis
Jayne Eadie                                Soccer
Margaret Earle                             Equestrian
Jennifer Edwards                           Women's Track & Field
*Evan Eike                                 Football
Kirby Ennis                                Football
Ryan Epperson                              Football
Drew Evans                                 Men's Golf
Amini Fonua                                Men's Swimming & Diving
Alexey Grigorov                            Men's Tennis
Ross Hales                                 Baseball
Nick Han                                   Mem's Swimming & Diving
Dash Harris                                Men's Basketball
Dustin Harris                              Football
Anna Heller                                Women's Swimming & Diving
Tabarie Henry                              Men's Track & Field
James Hodges                               Men's Cross Country/Track & Field
Lauren Hodges                              Women's Track & Field
Colin Hoover                               Men's Tennis
Brandal Jackson                            Football
Jarod Jahns                                Men's Basketball
Amanda Jenkins                             Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Byron Jones-Campbell                       Football
Jordan King                                Women's Swimming & Diving
Austin Klores                              Men's Tennis
Ryan Koch                                  Football
Megan Latone                               Women's Swimming & Diving
Derrek Lewis                               Men's Basketball
Katie Lisabeth                             Equestrian
Ryan Liscum                                Football
Mary Michael Maggio                        Women's Golf
Cassie Mantor                              Equestrian
Kyle Martin                                Baseball
Kevin Matthews                             Football
Shelby McGee                               Women's Track & Field
Rita Medrano Munoz                         Women's Swimming & Diving
Tori Mellinger                             Women's Volleyball
Jennifer Menard                            Women's Cross Country
Stephanie Minnerly                         Women's Volleyball
Emma Myers                                 Equestrian
Christina Navalta                          Soccer
Spencer Nealy                              Football
Liz Nelson                                 Women's Swimming & Diving
Uzoma Nwachukwu                            Football
Jackie O'Connell                           Equestrian
Laurel O'Donnell                           Women's Track & Field
MacLean O'Donnell                          Men's Cross Country/Track & Field
Michael Osadebey                           Football
*Bryan Parker                              Men's Track & Field
Jaele Patrick                              Women's Swimming & Diving
Sameer Patwardhan                          Men's Tennis
Kori Pickett                               Equestrian
Michael Preble                             Men's Track & Field
Jaclin Rehring                             Women's Swimming & Diving
*Scott Renkes                              Football
Bonnie Richardson                          Women's Track & Field
Taylor Rosser                              Women's Track & Field
Jake Russell                               Football
Jordan Russell                             Men's Golf
Colton Sandman                             Men's Track & Field
Lauren Santacroce                          Women's Tennis
Mary Grace Schmidt                         Soccer
Jake Schwartz                              Football
Kyle Serres                                Football
Sydney Shannon                             Softball
Kelsi Shevlin                              Equestrian
Kaleb Shrader                              Men's Track & Field
Jonathan Stewart                           Football
George Stredny                             Men's Cross Country/Track & Field
Elston Turner                              Men's Basketball
Ray Turner                                 Men's Basketball
Cassie Tysarczyk                           Softball
John Wagner                                Men's Swimming & Diving
Brittany Walker                            Softball
Amber Weems                                Women's Track & Field
*Ryan Whitmer                              Football
Amanda Whitney                             Equestrian
Emily Williams                             Equestrian
Cierra Windham                             Women's Basketball
Lindsey Witz                               Soccer
Ashton Young                               Men's Track & Field

*Denotes graduate degree.
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