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 Name Last Name Institution Class Major Minor Position
Monica Thorne Boston College Junior Biology, Economics   Outside Center
Susanne Neher Boston University Senior International Relations African Studies Hooker
Vianney Gomezgil Yaspik Bowdoin College Sophomore Mathematics Computer Science No. 8
Meredith Outterson Bowdoin College Junior Environmental Studies-Government and Legal Studies Visual Arts Lock
Anna Piotti Bowdoin College Senior German Education Flanker
Elena Schaef Bowdoin College Senior French; English Teaching Lock
Caren Meerman Davenport University Graduate Student. Masters of Management Bachelors of Sports Management Loose head Prop
Thomas Valencis Eastern Connecticut State University Junior Accounting and Business Admin BIS Lock
Daniel Letchford Harvard College Junior Psychology   No. 8
Spencer Sperling Kansas State University Senior Mechanical Engineering Physics Hooker
Brooke Clifford Kent State University Junior Nutrition Business Lock
Sarah Giachetti Kent State University Senior Speech Pathology & Audiology Psychology Fly half
Christina Swift Life University Junior Business Administration   Wing
Jennese Bacon*** Lindenwood University Junior Exercise Science Athletic Training Flanker
Laura Enk*** Lindenwood University Junior Exercise Science Pre-Physical Therapy Loose head Prop
Louis Flores Louisiana State University Sophomore Finanace   Lock
Michaela Heath Marist College Senior Athletic Training   Full back
Joshua Pentecost Middle Tennessee State University Senior Business Administration Finance and Economics Inside Center
Aftyn Wildes Minnesota State University - Mankato Senior Law Enforcement Recreation, Park, and Leisure Services Wing
J. Muniz New England College Graduate Student. MSCIS, BA, BS   Outside Center
Lea Walsh Notre Dame College Junior Finance, Accounting Spanish Fly half
Mickayla Roan Providence College Sophomore Health Policy and Management Business Studies Inside Center
Patrick Ryan Saint Joseph's University Sophomore Economics and Psychology Business Intelligence & Anayltics Scrum half
Katharine Tooke Saint Michael's College Senior (5th Year) Chemistry   Wing
Alexandra Ballesteros Stanford University Graduate Student. Latin American Studies (MA) International Relations (BA) Iberian and Latin American Cultures Lock
Dahlton Brown Stanford University Graduate Student. Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies Tight head Prop
Ian McColl Stanford University Junior Mechanical Engineering   No. 8
Fiona Meyer-Teruel Stanford University Senior Mechanical Engineering Computer Science Flanker
Joseph Muller Stony Brook University Sophomore Biomedical Engineering Specialization in Molecular and Cellular Biology Wing
Danielle Bittner Univ. Wisc. Stevens Point Senior Buisness Administrationl Spanish Wing
Gaia Cicerchia University of Michigan Junior Kinesiology   Fly half
Janera Martinez University of Michigan Sophomore LSA   Wing
Timothy Stefczak University of Minnesota - Duluth Senior Chemical Engineering & German Studies   Flanker
Tom Murphy*** University of Oklahoma Senior Biology & Mathematics   Outside Center
Wadih Eljuri University of Texas at Dallas Senior Economics Finance Flanker
Christina Frost US Coast Guard Academy Senior Operations Research and Computer Analysis   Tight head Prop
Laura Bergeron Wayne State College Senior Elementary Education   Lock
Nancy Escobar*** Wayne State College Junior Elementary Education K-8 and Special Education K-6   Hooker