Jacks honored as Summit Distinguished Scholars
ELMHURST, Ill. -- A total of 92 South Dakota State University student-athletes have been recognized as Summit League Distinguished Scholars for the winter and spring seasons, league officials announced Thursday. SDSU's 92 selections were the most among the 10 league members.
In order to be named a Distinguished Scholar, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.60 grade-point average in the semester of his or her league championship, and must use a year of eligibility. League-wide, 483 student-athletes from baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's track and field were honored as Distinguished Scholars.
The University of South Dakota ranked second with 75 recipients, followed by Omaha with 71 and North Dakota State with 64. IUPUI landed 50 honorees to the list, three ahead of Western Illinois’ 47 members. Fort Wayne (37 recipients) and Denver (34 recipients) rounded out the list. Men’s and women’s swimming and diving associate member Eastern Illinois had 13 student-athletes earn Distinguished Scholar honors.
Following are the Jackrabbits' Distinguished Scholars:
Baseball (11) – Reid Clary, Eric Danforth, Marcus Heemstra, Derringer Huff, Paul Jacobson, Talon Jumper, Aaron Klatt, Patrick Korman, J.D. Moore, Al Robbins, Nick Young
Men's Basketball (5) – Brayden Carlson, Jordan Dykstra, Marcus Heemstra, Cory Jacobsen, Cody Larson
Women's Basketball (6) – Chloe Cornemann, Tara Heiser, Steph Paluch, Hannah Strop, Rachel Walters, Megan Waytashek
Men's Golf (3) – Lukas Davison, Guillermo Gonzalez, Grant Smith
Women's Golf (2) – Amber Houser, Alli Plath
Softball (6) – Lauren Chirnside, Kelly Kleppin, Katie Lang, Devan Larsen, Jessica Markanich, Samantha Terry
Men's Swimming and Diving (7) – Phil Albu, Noah Batenhorst, Jacob Bierschbach, Weston Christensen, Wil Hogue, Daniel Jacobson, Blake Yeager
Women's Simming and Diving (10) – Andrea Budahl, Kaylin Caron, Devonne Dalin, Emma Gaulke-Janowski, Nicole Grimit, Jessie Hendricks, Kendra Hinton, Fawn Weihl, Emmalee Wright, Abby Zenner
Men's Tennis (2) – Lovro Curcija, Parker Lawley
Women's Tennis (4) – Jenny Blackburne, Brooke Henry, Florencia Magni, Iasmin Rosa
Men's Track and Field (13) – Joseph Bednar, Connor Branick, Tyler Hajek, Adam Halverson, Drew Kraft, Kenny Mayer, Daniel Pettit, Joel Reichow, Nathaniel Schaefer, Ryan Schaefer, Ryan Swenson, Andrew Thies, Grant VanKeulen
Women's Track and Field (21) – Shelby Assmus, Cheyanne Bowers, Erin Ellinger, Becca Fischer, Jenna Grossenburg, Erin Hargens, Elizabeth Hubbard, Evelyn Klein, Amy Leiferman, Jessica McDonald, Bobbie McLaury, Elizabeth Molitor, Courtney Neubert, Kali Olson, Brooke Peterson, Lindsey Strait, Megan Viland, Ashley Wagner, Mary Wirth, Rochelle Wynia, Silvia Zanini