Student-Athletes, Teams Recognized for Academic Success by MIAA

FREELAND, Mich. - Saint Mary's had school records of 57 student-athletes and seven varsity teams earn academic honors for the 2015-16 school year as announced by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).

In order to earn MIAA Academic Honor Roll distinction, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average for the entire academic year while earning a varsity letter in a conference-sponsored sport. Teams are given MIAA Team GPA Award status if they have a collective grade point average of 3.3 or above for the academic year. The new mark of 57 Belles earning MIAA Academic Honor Roll recognition is one higher than the mark of 56 set in the 2002-2003 academic year. It is also the third time in the past four years that 50 or more Saint Mary's student-athletes have made the list.

The MIAA recognized 1,260 student-athletes from the conference’s nine member institutions as 2015-16 Academic Honor Roll selections. The total surpasses the conference’s previous record of 1,169 honorees for the 2014-15 academic year. Of that number, 95 student-athletes received accolades for four consecutive seasons. Krista Knapke, Eleni Shea, Allie Danhof, Sarah Burke, and Sarah Callis were among the 95 student-athletes to have earned MIAA Academic Honor Roll recognition each of their four years while representing the Belles.

Additionally, seven of the eight Belles teams picked up MIAA Team GPA Award honors for boasting a 3.3 cumulative GPA or above this past academic year. The teams receiving recognition were tennis (3.52 GPA), basketball (3.49), volleyball (3.46), soccer (3.45), softball (3.39), cross country (3.36), and golf (3.32). All eight of the Saint Mary's varsity programs had above a 3.0 cumulative GPA for the year.

Listed below are the 57 student-athletes to be named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll for 2015-16.

Aspen Davis*, Basketball, Junior, Lebanon, Ind., Lebanon
Gabby Diamond*, Basketball Sophomore, Chicago, Ill., St. Ignatius
Krista Knapke****, Basketball Senior, Clayton, Ohio, Northmont
Maddie Kohler***, Basketball Senior, North Wales, Pa., Mount St. Joseph Academy
Erin Maloney*, Basketball Freshman, Elmhurst, Ill., IC Catholic Prep
Kelsey Ronan*, Basketball, Junior, Fort Wayne, Ind., Carroll
Eleni Shea****, Basketball, Senior, Fort Wayne, Ind., Bishop Dwenger
Brittany Beeler***, Cross Country, Junior, Spring Lake, Spring Lake
Colleen Burke*, Cross Country, Senior, Marietta, Ga., St. Pius X
Allie Danhof****, Cross Country, Senior, Grand Rapids, Catholic Central
Katelyn Dunn**, Cross Country, Senior, Union City, Coldwater
Kathryn Marshall***, Cross Country, Junior, Dayton, Ohio, Chaminade Julienne
Anna McClowry**, Cross Country, Sophomore, Naperville, Ill., Naperville Central
Maggie Pacana***, Cross Country, Junior, Bolingbrook, Ill., Montini Catholic
Courtney Carlson*, Golf, Junior, Phoenix, Ariz., Paradise Valley
Kaitlyn Cartone*, Golf, Sophomore, Vandalia, Ohio, Chaminade Julienne
Ali Mahoney*, Golf, Junior, Naperville, Ill., Benet Academy
Isabella Speedon*, Golf, Sophomore, Oceanside, Calif. Oceanside
Katie Zielinski***, Golf, Senior, Mishawaka, Ind., Penn
Katlynn Dee***, Lacrosse, Junior, Chicago Heights, Ill., Marian Catholic
Rachel Fetterhoff**, Lacrosse, Sophomore, Ada Grand Rapids, Catholic Central
Teresa Guerrero*, Lacrosse, Senior, West Chicago, Ill., St. Charles East
Kate Kelly*, Lacrosse, Freshman, Orland Park, Ill., Carl Sandburg
Hanna Makowski**, Lacrosse, Sophomore, Willowbrook, Ill., Montini Catholic
Anna Perry*, Lacrosse, Freshman, Wyoming, Grandville
Clare Theisen**, Lacrosse, Sophomore, Downers Grove, Ill., Benet Academy
Baylee Adams**, Soccer, Sophomore, Fenton, Fenton
Emily Beedie*, Soccer, Freshman, Downers Grove, Ill., Nazareth Academy
Liza Felix**, Soccer, Junior, Escondido, Calif., San Pasqual
Emily Lambert*, Soccer, Sophomore, Grand Rapids, Catholic Central
Rachel McCarthy*, Soccer, Freshman, Granger, Ind., Penn
Maggie McLaughlin*, Soccer, Senior, Mechanicsburg, Pa., Trinity
Rachel Moore**, Soccer, Sophomore, Davenport, Iowa, Assumption
Emily Rompola**, Soccer, Junior, Granger, Ind., South Bend Saint Joseph
Kay Thursby*, Soccer, Sophomore, Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South
Kate Vasile*, Soccer, Junior, Granger, Ind., South Bend Saint Joseph
Jessica Alberts**, Softball, Sophomore, Evergreen Park, Ill., Mother McAuley
Sarah Burke****, Softball, Senior, Homewood, Ill., Homewood-Flossmoor
Sarah Callis****, Softball, Senior, Pittsboro, Ind., Brownsburg
Makenzie Duncan**, Softball, Sophomore, La Salle, St. Mary Catholic Central
Mary Green**, Softball, Sophomore, Brighton, Saint Catherine of Siena Academy
Krystal Harris*, Softball, Freshman, Palatine, Ill., Saint Viator
Megan Knudsen*, Softball, Freshman, Traverse City, St. Francis
Cassie Young*, Softball, Sophomore, South Bend, Ind., Mishawaka Marian
Alaina Anderson*, Tennis, Junior, Kenosha, Wis., St. Joseph Catholic Academy
Margaret Faller**, Tennis, Senior, Green Bay, Wis., Notre Dame Academy
Andrea Fetters***, Tennis, Senior, West Milton, Ohio, Milton-Union
Kelsey Kopf**, Tennis, Sophomore, Carmel, Ind., Cathedral
Bailey Oppman*, Tennis, Sophomore, Granger, Ind., Penn
Elizabeth Preister*, Tennis, Freshman, Columbus, Neb., Scotus Central Catholic
Kaity Venters**, Tennis, Junior, Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Hills Christian
Rachel Bonek**, Volleyball, Sophomore, Buchanan, Buchanan
Leah Buck**, Volleyball, Sophomore, Mattoon, Ill., Mattoon
Angela Bukur**, Volleyball, Senior, Crown Point, Ind., Andrean
Katie Hecklinski***, Volleyball, Senior, South Bend, Ind., South Bend Saint Joseph
Morgan Klein*, Volleyball, Sophomore, Coldwater, Coldwater
Caitey Sosnowski*, Volleyball, Freshman, Greenfield, Ind., Greenfield-Central