In the final week of February, four Seton Hall freshman student-athletes were among 43 first-year students honored at the university's annual President's Reception to Celebrate Academic Excellence.
Allegra Egizi of women's cross country, women's soccer's Katie Landes and Courtney Regan and Kylene Ronayne of women's swimming & diving were recognized for achieving a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the fall 2014 semester.
"Allegra, Katie, Courtney and Kylene truly are a deserving group of student-athletes," said Academic Advisor Ryan Westman, who works directly with all four. "They are all devoted to achieving at a high level in the classroom and when you consider that they were all in the midst of competition in the fall, their accomplishments are all the more impressive."
"Managing the transition to college is a difficult challenge for any college freshman," added Assistant Athletic Director Roberto Sasso who oversees the athletic department's Helping Athletes Learn to be Leaders (H.A.L.L.) Program. "Through the H.A.L.L. Program, we have implemented a series of efforts aimed at assisting our student-athletes throughout their time here at Seton Hall but the fact that these young ladies were able to balance a new setting, a new team, and still succeed in such a manner is a testament to their hard work."
The academic exploits of the four freshmen to be recognized last week further a trend that has seen student-athlete academic performance reach an all-time high at The Hall.
191 Seton Hall student-athletes were named BIG EAST Academic All-Stars in 2014 including 12 members of a men's cross country team that took home its second-straight BIG EAST Team Excellence Award for boasting the highest collective grade-point average among league members in the sport.
Volleyball senior Shelbey Manthorpe was also recently named BIG EAST Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, becoming the first Seton Hall representative ever to win the award.
At the national level, the baseball, women's golf, softball, tennis and volleyball programs were honored with the NCAA's Public Recognition Award for posting a multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top-10 percent of their sport.
At the conclusion of the fall semester, the collective grade-point average for all Seton Hall student-athletes climbed to its highest mark ever as well.