47 Gusties Earn MIAC Fall Sport Academic All-Conference

Posted on January 21st, 2020 by

Release by BJ Pickard, MIAC Assistant Commissioner 

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its fall sport Academic All-Conference honorees on Tuesday and 47 Gustavus student-athletes received recognition.

A total of 431 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 2019 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 eighth 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, 412 in 2017, and 427 last year.

Four fall sports hit new record-highs with two – football and women’s soccer – crossing the century mark for the first time. Football had the most honorees with 102, up four from last season’s 98. Women’s soccer reached 100, five more than the sport’s previous high of 95 in 2017. Women’s cross country set a new record with 68, two more than last year’s 66, while men’s cross country totaled an all-time best 52, six more than 2018’s 46. There were 57 honorees in men’s soccer (67 in 2018) and 52 in volleyball (56 in 2018).

MIAC Academic All-Conference teams are announced twice annually, after the completion of both the fall and spring academic semesters. The MIAC Winter/Spring 2019-20 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 (8)

John DeGonda Gustavus So. Marine on St. Croix, Minn.
Jeremy Gilbertson Gustavus Jr. Maple Grove, Minn.
Nicholas Olfert Gustavus So. Shakopee, Minn.
Casey Olson Gustavus Jr. Harmony, Minn.
Matt Payne Gustavus So. Stillwater, Minn.
Lucas Schnirring Gustavus So. Eden Prairie, Minn.
Andrew Stumbo Gustavus Jr. Boone, Iowa
Benjamin Wicklund Gustavus So. Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Women’s Cross Country (6)

Haley Anderson Gustavus Sr. Eden Prairie, Minn.
Josie Blake Gustavus Jr. Waukegan, Ill.
Lily Engebretson Gustavus So. St. Paul, Minn.
Sara Moen Gustavus Jr. Blaine, Minn.
Gabriela Passmore Gustavus Sr. Mapleton, Minn.
Iliana Ramon Gustavus So. Fairmont, Minn.

Football (13)

Noah Decker Gustavus Jr. Mapleton, Minn.
Brady Essig Gustavus So. Dodge Center, Minn.
Austin Fest Gustavus Jr. West Des Moines, Iowa
Jordan Grovum Gustavus Sr. Cottage Grove, Minn.
Logan Holley Gustavus Jr. Fort Worth, Texas
Brett Hufendick Gustavus Jr. Minneapolis, Minn.
Jakob Krull Gustavus Sr. Plymouth, Minn.
Matthew Montplaisir Gustavus Sr. Buffalo, Minn.
Brice Panning Gustavus Sr. Hamburg, Minn.
Landon Rauen Gustavus Jr. Zumbrota, Minn.
Nathan Schroepfer Gustavus Jr. Sleepy Eye, Minn.
Ethan Sindelir Gustavus So. Wells, Minn.
Cameron Witt Gustavus So. Champlin, Minn.

Men’s Soccer (8)

Cody Billins Gustavus Sr. Farmington, Minn.
Joseph Brandel Gustavus Sr. St. Louis Park, Minn.
Conrad Cronin Gustavus So. Lincoln, Neb.
Trace Dobson Gustavus Jr. Sioux Falls, S.D.
Luke Laurich Gustavus Sr. Batavia, Ill.
Nicholas Leach Gustavus So. Sioux Falls, S.D.
William Richards Gustavus Sr. Hudson, Wis.
Cole Schwartz Gustavus So. Jakarta, Indonesia

Women’s Soccer (8)

Lydia Arens Gustavus So. Princeton, Minn.
Katie Ashpole Gustavus Jr. Chaska, Minn.
Ava Hanson Gustavus Jr. Medina, Minn.
Lauren Johnson Gustavus Jr. Woodbury, Minn.
Madeline McDermott Gustavus Jr. Mendota Heights, Minn.
Abby Mullenbach Gustavus Sr. Lakeville, Minn.
Rachel Rehnelt Gustavus So. Albert Lea, Minn.
Erin Teichroew Gustavus Jr. Duluth, Minn.

Volleyball (4)

Ellie Anderson Gustavus Jr. St. Paul, Minn.
Kate Holtan Gustavus Jr. Rochester, Minn.
Annalee Olson-Sola Gustavus So. Northfield, Minn.
Kaikea Welsh Gustavus So. Kansas City, Mo.
 

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