South Orange, N.J. - The Seton Hall University Department of Athletics held its annual Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Awards Banquet on Monday, recognizing student-athletes for their achievements in the classroom and on the field of play during the 2015-16 academic year.
The SAAC Awards Banquet honors both scholastic and competitive accomplishments. In addition, awards are presented to outstanding male and female student-athletes from the freshman, sophomore and junior classes.
Senior Female and Male Athlete of the Year Awards will be handed out at the fourth-annual Senior Banquet; to be held on Tuesday, May 10 at Maplewood Country Club.
In the junior class, Tessa Fournier (Redondo Beach, Calif.) of volleyball and men's golf standout Lloyd Jefferson Go (Guadalupe Cebu, Philippines) repeated as Athletes of the Year after both won Sophomore Athlete of the Year in 2015.
Softball's Alexis Walkden (Cibolo, Texas) also repeated, taking Female Sophomore Athlete of the Year honors after winning as a freshman last year. Male Sophomore Athlete of the Year went to Isaiah Whitehead (Brooklyn, N.Y.) of men's basketball.
Men's swimming & diving newcomer Lior Grubert (Yehudi-Monosson, Israel) captured Male Freshman of the Year honors, and this year there were co-Female Freshman of the Year winners in Eva Gonzalez of women's soccer and Sophia Coffey of volleyball.
The third-annual Saint John Paul II Sport and Spirituality Award went to Cora Meehan (Noblesville, Ind.) of women's swimming & diving. The award was instituted in 2013-14 to recognize a senior who exemplifies the virtues lauded by the "Athlete Pope."
The academic awards were presented by Matt Geibel, Director of Academic Support Services for Student-Athletes, and Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. Laura Schopmmann. As a group, Seton Hall University student-athletes currently hold a cumulative GPA of 3.353, a new all-time high. Monday night's banquet provided the opportunity to highlight their collective commitment to academic excellence and reward those who have performed at an exceptional level in the classroom.
The Baseball and women's tennis teams were the recipients of the Team Academic Awards for posting the highest cumulative GPAs after the fall semester. Women's tennis represented the females with an impressive 3.589 GPA. The baseball team came in strong with a 3.380 GPA to represent the males.
Jacob Bast (St. Louis, Mo.) of men's cross country was named the Male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A four-year runner, Bast graduates next month with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and is a seven-time member of Seton Hall's Dean's List.
Women's Soccer's Emily Hansinger (Mount Laurel, N.J.) was named the Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A four-year member of the team and co-captain, Hansinger graduates next month with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and has made Dean's List in every semester and the BIG EAST All-Academic team all three years.
The Junior Scholar-Athletes were Julian Spindler (Weiersbach, Germany) of men's soccer and Melody Bush (Guelph, Ontario) of women's swimming & diving. The Sophomore Scholar-Athletes were Mike Alescio (Fair Haven, N.J.) of baseball and Katie Landes (Stony Point, N.Y. ) of women's soccer. The Freshmen Scholar-Athletes were Taylor Cutcliff (Springfield, Pa.) of women's soccer, Amy Vandergriff (Saginaw, Texas) of volleyball, Emily Supercynski (Aurora, Colo.) of softball and Peyton Elder (Cary, N.C.) of men's soccer. All four freshmen achieved 4.0 GPAs in the fall semester.
The Seton Hall Academic All-Star Team, comprised of the 10 student-athletes with the highest cumulative GPA through a minimum of two full semesters, included Bush, Hansinger, Landes, Spindler, Desyre Blackburn (Aloha, Ore. ) of women's cross country, Ian Campbell (Corvallis, Ore.) of men's swimming & diving, Isabell Klingert (Oberbalbach, Germany) of women's tennis, Jackson Martin (Collegeville, Pa.) of baseball, Bri Miller (Bayonne, N.J. ) of women's cross country and Shakena Richardson (Neptune, N.J.) of women's basketball.
Hansinger has now achieved academic all-star status all three years she has been eligible. Martin and Spindler each now have two consecutive academic all-star designations.
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