University of South Alabama (USA) senior Emilie Berge has been voted second-team Academic All-America for the Division I Track & Field/Cross Country team. The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released the news.
The native of Norway has been a member of the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Commissioner’s List each of her first three years in the program. Berge graduated from USA with a degree in biology in May after recording a 3.98 cumulative GPA. She is the fourth member of the Jaguar women’s track and field program to earn Academic All-America honors and the first since JoAnna McCoy was a third-team selection in 2016.
Berge also excelled in athletic competition. She recorded All-American performances on three occasions during her time at USA, having earned second-team recognition in both the heptathlon and pentathlon in 2019 to go along with honorable mention accolades in the heptathlon in 2018.
She won five championships in SBC competition in the two events, claiming the title in the heptathlon at the outdoor meet three straight years from 2017-19 while finishing first in the pentathlon at the indoor championship during the 2017 and 2019 seasons.
Berge was chosen the Women’s Field Most Outstanding Performer at the SBC Indoor Championship in 2019. She currently holds the school and conference records in two events with scores of 5,718 points in the heptathlon and 4,203 points in the pentathlon.
Jaguar golfers recognized
USA men’s golfers Rasmus Karlsson and Yannick Schütz have been selected Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). This is the second straight year the duo has been honored by the organization for their work on and off the course.
To be selected, individuals must academically be juniors or seniors and have played at least three full years at the collegiate level. They are required to play in a minimum of 50 percent of their team’s competitive rounds while recording a season stroke average under 76.0, maintain a GPA of 3.2 or higher, and “be of high moral character as well as in good standing at their college or university.”
In his final season at the collegiate level, Karlsson competed in all 20 rounds at the Jags’ seven tournaments. He posted a scoring average of 73.9 while shooting at or under par six times. The native of Finland received his degree in management from the school in May, graduating with a 3.7 GPA.
A native of Germany, Schütz recorded a team-best, 73.35-stroke average and four top-20 results while sharing the lead on the roster with eight rounds of par or better as he participated in all seven of USA’s events. Schütz — who was among the top 25 in the Sun Belt Conference in score versus par at the conclusion of the year — is carrying a 3.38 GPA while majoring in marketing.
Rams honored by conference
The Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) has announced its 2020 All-Academic Team and Musco Lighting Champions of Character honorees. To be selected to the academic squad, student-athletes must have a cumulative 3.25 GPA or better and be in the third term of attendance or later. The Musco honorees are selected by each coach, and go to student-athletes who exemplify the NAIA’s five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
* The entire University of Mobile (UM) women’s tennis roster, consisting of six student-athletes, has been honored. Anna Canton (junior/Spanish Fort), Claire Travis (junior/Saraland), Emily John (NA/Herzogenaurach, Germany), Ashlyn Nichols (NA/Hannibal, Mo.) and Sofija Hrovat (NA/Höchstadt an der Aisch, Germany) were selected to the All-Academic Team. Maria Jose Reynaldo Toledo (sophomore/Trinidad, Bolivia) was the UM representative on the Musco Lighting Champions of Character Team.
* The men’s tennis team had three players selected to the academic list. They were Hugh Mitchell (sophomore/Mobile), Artem Vasheshnikov (senior/Kiev, Ukraine) and Guido Evangelista (senior/Santiago, Chile). Aoi Kambara (NA/Chiba, Japan) was selected as the UM representative on the Musco Lighting Champions of Character Team.
* Seven Rams were named to the SSAC Baseball All-Academic Team. They were Hunter Avery (senior/Mobile), Trent Avery (sophomore/Mobile), Bailey Sellers (junior/Thorsby, Ala.), Bailey Bannon (senior/Mobile), Collin Leousis (sophomore/Semmes), Dalton Shell (senior/East Brewton, Ala.) and Christian Waltman (sophomore/Mobile). Avery was also named as the UM representative on the Musco Lighting Champions of Character Team.
Badgers score in the classroom
The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) has awarded 170 Spring Hill College (SHC) student-athletes spots on the 2019-20 Commissioner’s All-Academic Team.
A record 1,355 student-athletes were named to the SIAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team for maintaining at least a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA throughout the 2019-20 academic year.
SHC had six named in men’s cross country, 14 in women’s cross country, 22 in volleyball, eight in men’s basketball, nine in women’s basketball, seven in men’s tennis, 10 in women’s tennis, 12 in men’s track and field, 24 in women’s track and field, 10 in men’s golf, 24 in softball, and 24 in baseball.
The Badgers also captured seven of the 13 Team Academic Awards in women’s cross country, volleyball, men’s golf, women’s tennis, men’s tennis, women’s track and field, and softball. Of the 107 student-athletes placed on the SIAC All-Academic Teams in their respective sports, 26 came from Spring Hill rosters. Student-athletes with a 3.2 or higher GPA were considered for All-Academic Team honors by sport. The number of student-athletes selected in each sport is determined by the number of positions typically involved in that sport.
The complete list of names for all the honored Badgers can be found at shcbadgers.com.
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