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.