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WALKING THE STAGE
once again, Aggie Athletics will be well represented
as spring commencement ceremonies take place this weekend
A record number of degree candidates will participate in Texas A&M's commencement exercises this weekend inside Reed Arena.
Well-represented as always are Aggie student-athletes, with 78 set to walk the stage.
“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 351 student-athletes were honored at the Building Champions Awards (BCAs) for achieving a semester or cumulative 3.0 grade point average or higher during the 2013-14 school year, including 15 who were named Outstanding Athletic Scholars for posting a perfect 4.0 GPA for at least one semester.
Jake Matthews, an Aggie All-American football player who graduated from the Mays Business School in December of 2013 and is expected to be a first-round NFL draft pick in Thursday’s draft, and Meghan Streight, an All-SEC Aggie women’s soccer player who started every match of her Aggie career received the President’s Awards.
The President’s Award is the highest award that is presented to a student-athlete at Texas A&M by the Athletics Department. The individual receiving this award is someone who displays extraordinary talents in areas of athletics, scholarship, leadership and service.
Dr. Karan Watson, Provost and Executive President for Academic Affairs, presented the President’s Award to Streight from the soccer team and Matthews from the football team.
The Bill Erwin Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year at Texas A&M were from the men’s swimming and diving athlete Paul-Marc Schweitzer and Allie Sawatzky from the women’s volleyball team.
The awards are named for longtime Texas A&M athletics supporter and local philanthropist Bill Erwin. The recipients have to be in their final year of athletic eligibility and demonstrate outstanding academic and athletic performances.
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 Blake McDonald from the men’s basketball team and women’s soccer player Nore Skelton, while Paul-Marc Schweitzer from men’s swimming and diving and Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, a three-sport athlete from women’s tennis, women’s soccer and women’s basketball earned the H. Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarships.
In this second year in the SEC, the Aggies have brought home SEC titles from the women’s soccer regular season as well as the tournament championship and the men’s tennis team recently claimed the SEC Tournament title.
Five of the Aggie squads finished in the Top 10 of their respective national polls, with women’s swimming and diving currently holding top honors as the team finished fourth in the final NCAA Championships. The Aggie women’s indoor track and field squad finished fifth while the men’s indoor unit finished eighth. The women’s basketball team reached the Elite 8 of the NCAA Championships and women’s soccer ended the season ranked No. 8. The Aggie football team ended the year with their third straight bowl victory and another Top 25 finish.
Several sports are winding up their respective seasons:
- Men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams will compete in the SEC Championships in Lexington, Ky. Both squads are currently ranked in the top five 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. 9 in the country and the men’s squad ranked No. 10.
- Softball is ranked No. 24 in the country and awaits NCAA Championship plans.
- Baseball team is making a run to the postseason as the Aggies are coming off a weekend of taking two-of-three from LSU at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park and will close out the regular season with a three-game set against Ole Miss (May 15-17).
- In golf, the men’s team is ranked No. 11 and will compete in the NCAA Regional next week, while the women’s golf team is No. 32 in the nation and begins NCAA Regional competition this week.
All six commencement ceremonies are at Reed Arena and are scheduled for 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
|Niall Angus||Men’s Tennis|
|Sarah Balfour||Women’s Track & Field|
|Jack Burley||Men’s Swimming & Diving|
|Katherine Caldwell||Women’s Swimming & Diving|
|Skylar Collins*||Women’s Basketball|
|Stephen Curry||Men’s Track & Field|
|Kelly Czumbie||Women’s Track & Field|
|Shawn Dalglish||Women’s Track & Field|
|Jermaine Davis||Men’s Track & Field|
|Micah Dettmer||Men’s Track & Field|
|Omar Enriquez Tenorio||Men’s Swimming & Diving|
|Donique’ Flemings||Women’s Track & Field|
|Caitlin Gilmore||Women’s Track & Field|
|Jonathan Gomez||Men’s Track & Field|
|Haley Gooch||Women’s Track & Field|
|Sam Humphreys||Men’s Track & Field|
|Toney Hurd, Jr.||Football|
|Aliese Hyde||Women’s Track & Field|
|Ryan Kelley||Men’s Golf|
|Breeja Larson||Women’s Swimming & Diving|
|Tyler Lee||Men’s Track & Field|
|Janell Lysack||Women’s Golf|
|Ibukun Mayungbe||Women’s Track & Field|
|John McClure||Men’s Swimming & Diving|
|Caroline McElhany||Women’s Swimming & Diving|
|Maureen McLaine||Women’s Swimming & Diving|
|Emily Neubert||Women’s Swimming & Diving|
|Cameron Peck||Men’s Golf|
|Dustin Phillips||Men’s Track & Field|
|Oscar Ramirez*||Men’s Track & Field|
|Natalie Reeves||Women’s Golf|
|Joseph Roberts*||Men’s Track & Field|
|Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar||Women’s Tennis, Basketball, Soccer|
|Jade Scott||Men’s Golf|
|Tess Simpson||Women’s Swimming & Diving|
|Cristina Stancu||Women’s Tennis|
|Casey Strong||Men’s Track & Field|
|Wen Sun||Women’s Tennis|
|Claire Toomey||Women’s Swimming & Diving|
|Nazari Urbina||Women’s Tennis|
|Dylan Williams||Men’s Track & Field|
|Austin Wilson*||Men’s Swimming & Diving|
|*Denotes graduate degree.|
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