Academic Honor Roll announced for 2015-16 season

LAFAYETTE, Colo. - More than 250 student-athletes have been recognized for their on- and off-field performances during the 2015-16 competitive season as part of the 2015-16 USA Rugby National Collegiate Academic Honor Roll.

In the five years USA Rugby has made the national distinction of student-athletes that have been consistent starters on intercollegiate rugby teams with cumulative grade point averages of 3.50 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), more than 1,250 have been named to the Honor Roll. The honor roll this year includes athletes from more than 80 colleges across all divisions.

"As the quality of rugby at the college level grows, it's important to remember the fundamental reason for attendance," USA Rugby College Director Rich Cortez said. "The student-athletes named to this year's Academic Honor Roll have kept their priorities in line and have represented their families, schools, and communities with great pride. Not too many years ago our list of academic honorees was a fraction of the number in this year's list. It's a reflection of commitment to maintain rugby's core values in the classroom as well as the field."

3.90 or Higher Cumulative Grade Point Average


First NameLast NameInstitutionClassMajorMinorPosition
MonicaThorneBoston CollegeJuniorBiology, Economics Outside Center
SusanneNeherBoston UniversitySeniorInternational RelationsAfrican StudiesHooker
VianneyGomezgil YaspikBowdoin CollegeSophomoreMathematicsComputer ScienceNo. 8
MeredithOuttersonBowdoin CollegeJuniorEnvironmental Studies-Government and Legal StudiesVisual ArtsLock
AnnaPiottiBowdoin CollegeSeniorGermanEducationFlanker
ElenaSchaefBowdoin CollegeSeniorFrench; EnglishTeachingLock
CarenMeermanDavenport UniversityGraduate Student.Masters of ManagementBachelors of Sports ManagementLoose head Prop
ThomasValencisEastern Connecticut State UniversityJuniorAccounting and Business AdminBISLock
DanielLetchfordHarvard CollegeJuniorPsychology No. 8
SpencerSperlingKansas State UniversitySeniorMechanical EngineeringPhysicsHooker
BrookeCliffordKent State UniversityJuniorNutritionBusinessLock
SarahGiachettiKent State UniversitySeniorSpeech Pathology & AudiologyPsychologyFly half
ChristinaSwiftLife UniversityJuniorBusiness Administration Wing
JenneseBacon***Lindenwood UniversityJuniorExercise ScienceAthletic TrainingFlanker
LauraEnk***Lindenwood UniversityJuniorExercise SciencePre-Physical TherapyLoose head Prop
LouisFloresLouisiana State UniversitySophomoreFinanace Lock
MichaelaHeathMarist CollegeSeniorAthletic Training Full back
JoshuaPentecostMiddle Tennessee State UniversitySeniorBusiness AdministrationFinance and EconomicsInside Center
AftynWildesMinnesota State University - MankatoSeniorLaw EnforcementRecreation, Park, and Leisure ServicesWing
J.MunizNew England CollegeGraduate Student.MSCIS, BA, BS Outside Center
LeaWalshNotre Dame CollegeJuniorFinance, AccountingSpanishFly half
MickaylaRoanProvidence CollegeSophomoreHealth Policy and ManagementBusiness StudiesInside Center
PatrickRyanSaint Joseph's UniversitySophomoreEconomics and PsychologyBusiness Intelligence & AnaylticsScrum half
KatharineTookeSaint Michael's CollegeSenior (5th Year)Chemistry Wing
AlexandraBallesterosStanford UniversityGraduate Student.Latin American Studies (MA) International Relations (BA)Iberian and Latin American CulturesLock
DahltonBrownStanford UniversityGraduate Student.EducationPolicy, Organization, and Leadership StudiesTight head Prop
IanMcCollStanford UniversityJuniorMechanical Engineering No. 8
FionaMeyer-TeruelStanford UniversitySeniorMechanical EngineeringComputer ScienceFlanker
JosephMullerStony Brook UniversitySophomoreBiomedical EngineeringSpecialization in Molecular and Cellular BiologyWing
DanielleBittnerUniv. Wisc. Stevens PointSeniorBuisness AdministrationlSpanishWing
GaiaCicerchiaUniversity of MichiganJuniorKinesiology Fly half
JaneraMartinezUniversity of MichiganSophomoreLSA Wing
TimothyStefczakUniversity of Minnesota - DuluthSeniorChemical Engineering & German Studies Flanker
TomMurphy***University of OklahomaSeniorBiology & Mathematics Outside Center
WadihEljuriUniversity of Texas at DallasSeniorEconomicsFinanceFlanker
ChristinaFrostUS Coast Guard AcademySeniorOperations Research and Computer Analysis Tight head Prop
LauraBergeronWayne State CollegeSeniorElementary Education Lock
NancyEscobar***Wayne State CollegeJuniorElementary Education K-8 and Special Education K-6 Hooker