40 Gusties Named MIAC Fall Academic All-Conference

Posted on January 23rd, 2019 by

Release courtesy of BJ Pickard, MIAC Assistant Commissioner 

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – For the seventh consecutive year, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) has honored a record number of fall sport student-athletes with Academic All-Conference recognition. Gustavus has 40 student-athletes on the list.

A total of 427 student-athletes from the 13 MIAC institutions earned the prestigious honor this year after meeting all sport-specific athletic requirements and possessing a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale following the fall semester. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be a sophomore, junior or senior with at least one year (two semesters) at their current institution. Athletically, student-athletes in fall team sports (football, volleyball, soccer) must compete in 50 percent of their team’s regular-season varsity contests. Cross country student-athletes are required to finish in the overall top 100 or their team’s top seven at the 2018 MIAC Cross Country Championship. Between the on-field component and lofty GPA standard, the MIAC Academic All-Conference honor is a perfect blend of the balanced excellence championed by the MIAC and NCAA Division III.

This is now the seventh year in a row the total of Fall Academic All-Conference honorees has increased. In 2011, 301 student-athletes were recognized with Academic All-Conference distinction. That number rose to 330 in 2012, 334 in 2013, 356 in 2014, 357 in 2015, 380 in 2016, and 412 last year.

Football had the most honorees with 98, up nine from last season’s 89. Women’s soccer was not far behind with 94, one fewer than the sport record of 95 in 2017. Men’s soccer had 67 honorees (68 in 2017), women’s cross country had 66 (62 in 2017), volleyball had 56 (58 in 2017), and men’s cross country had 46 (40 in 2017).

MIAC Academic All-Conference teams are announced twice annually, after the completion of both the fall and spring academic semesters. The MIAC Winter/Spring 2018-19 Academic All-Conference selections will be announced in late June. The MIAC has an online archive of Academic All-Conference honors.

Men’s Cross Country (5)

Benjamin Madigan Gustavus Sr. Kohler, Wis.
Bridger Pavelka Gustavus Jr. Minnetonka, Minn.
Nathan Scruggs Gustavus So. Mankato, Minn.
Andrew Stumbo Gustavus So. Boone, Iowa
Alex Wischnack Gustavus Sr. Norwood, Minn.

Women’s Cross Country (4)

Haley Anderson Gustavus Jr. Eden Prairie, Minn.
Sarah Anderson Gustavus Jr. Roseville, Minn.
Josie Blake Gustavus So. Waukegan, Wis.
Gabriela Passmore Gustavus Jr. Mapleton, Minn.

Football (13)

Noah Decker Gustavus So. Mapleton, Minn.
Austin Fest Gustavus So. West Des Moines, Iowa
Jordan Grovum Gustavus Jr. Cottage Grove, Minn.
Michael Hensch Gustavus Sr. North Branch, Minn.
Logan Holley Gustavus So. Fort Worth, Texas
Jacob Krull Gustavus Jr. Plymouth, Minn.
Brice Panning Gustavus Jr. Hamburg, Minn.
Landon Rauen Gustavus So. Zumbrota, Minn.
Nathan Schroepfer Gustavus So. Sleepy Eye, Minn.
Kaleb Scott Gustavus So. Gardena, Calif.
Jack Sorensen Gustavus Sr. West St. Paul, Minn.
Tanner Sparrow Gustavus Sr. Edina, Minn.
Charles Wachtler Gustavus So. White Bear Lake, Minn.

Men’s Soccer (6)

Daniel Barnes Gustavus Sr. Lund, Sweden
Cody Billins Gustavus Jr. Farmington, Minn.
Joseph Brandel Gustavus Jr. St. Louis Park, Minn.
Luke Laurich Gustavus Jr. Batavia, Ill.
Davis Petros Gustavus Sr. Apple Valley, Minn.
William Richards Gustavus Jr. Hudson, Wis.

Women’s Soccer (8)

Lauren Johnson Gustavus So. Woodbury, Minn.
Madeline McDermott Gustavus So. Mendota Heights, Minn.
Chaselyn Miller Gustavus Sr. Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Abby Mullenbach Gustavus Jr. Lakeville, Minn.
Sophia Olson Gustavus So. Minneapolis, Minn.
Katrina Rinke Gustavus Jr. Waconia, Minn.
Erin Tiechroew Gustavus So. Duluth, Minn.
Lucy Thompson Gustavus Jr. Edina, Minn.

Volleyball (4)

Ellie Anderson Gustavus So. St. Paul, Minn.
Kate Holtan Gustavus So. Rochester, Minn.
Nora Holtan Gustavus Sr. Rochester, Minn.
Brittany Luethmers Gustavus Sr. Prior Lake, Minn.

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