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Eighteen A&M Riders Named Academic All-Big 12

March 27, 2012
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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IRVING, Texas-Texas A&M placed a league-best 18 student-athletes on the inaugural Academic All-Big 12 Equestrian Team, the Big 12 office announced Tuesday.

Highlighting the Aggie honorees was senior Elizabeth Solch, who was one of just two on the entire 52-member squad to boast a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Along with Solch, Lindsey Bernbaum, Amanda Brightwell, Lia Chafee, Courtney Dawe, Maggie Earle, Cassie Mantor, Kori Pickett, Darby Sherrod, Kelsi Shevlin, Hannah Soibelman, Nancy Sorrell, Megan Webb, Erica Whaley and Emily Williams were first-team honorees.  Kelsey Adams, Katie Lisabeth and Emma Myers were named to the second team.

First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA. To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team's scheduled contests.

Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

Texas A&M opens defense of its Big 12 Championship on Friday at 10 a.m. when the Aggies face off with Baylor in the semifinal round at Timbercreek Stables in Manhattan, Kan.

2012 Academic All-Big 12 Equestrian Team (A&M honorees)

First Team (3.20-plus GPA; *indicates nominated with a 4.00 GPA)


Name, School Class Major Hometown

Lindsey Bernbaum, Texas A&M So. Animal Science Dufur, Ore.

Amanda Brightwell, Texas A&M Sr. Spanish San Antonio, Texas

Amelia Chafee, Texas A&M Sr. International Studies Little Compton, R.I.

Courtney Dawe, Texas A&M Sr. University Studies--Leadership Studies Scottsdale, Ariz.

Margaret Earle, Texas A&M Sr. Agricultural Leadership and Development Fallbrook, Calif.

Cassandra Mantor, Texas A&M Jr. Animal Science Cropus Christi, Texas

Kori Pickett, Texas A&M Jr. Human Resources Development Mount Airy, Md.

Darby Sherrod, Texas A&M Sr. Animal Science Conroe, Texas

Kelsi Shevlin, Texas A&M Jr. Agricultural Leadership and Development Alpharetta, Ga.

Hannah Soibelman, Texas A&M Sr. Agribusiness Evergreen, Colo.

Elizabeth Solch*, Texas A&M Sr. Master of International Affairs Cincinnati, Ohio

Nancy Sorrell, Texas A&M Sr. Biomedical Science Lufkin, Texas

Megan Webb, Texas A&M Sr. Animal Science Burlington, W.V.

Erica Whaley, Texas A&M Sr. Animal Science Cumming, Ga.

Emily Williams, Texas A&M Jr. Kinesiology--Motor Behavior Woodbine, Md.

Second Team (3.00 to 3.19 GPA)

Name, School Class Major Hometown

Kelsey Adams, Texas A&M Sr. Forensic Investigative Science Colleyville, Texas

Kathryn Lisabeth, Texas A&M Sr. Agricultural Leadership and Development Canton, Ga.

Emma Myers, Texas A&M Jr. Animal Science Yamhill, Ore.


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