Utah State athletics: 41 USU student-athletes receive winter Academic All-WAC honors

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, May 8 2012 10:29 a.m. MDT

The Western Athletic Conference announced its winter all-academic teams recently and Utah State had 41 student-athletes recognized from the sports of gymnastics, men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s indoor track & field.

Utah State had 19 student-athletes from women’s indoor track honored, 11 from men’s indoor track, six from gymnastics, four from women’s basketball and one from men’s basketball.

Highlighting Utah State’s Academic All-WAC honorees is senior track athlete Jessie Chugg, who has now earned Academic All-WAC honors 11 times in her career, while fellow senior track athletes Daniel Howell and Kim Quinn each earned their ninth Academic All-WAC honors.

Other significant honorees include senior track athlete Kali Hamby, who has now earned Academic All-WAC honors eight times in her career, while fellow track athletes Brittany Fisher, Madison Jensen and Jordan McMurray each earned their sixth Academic All-WAC honors.

Student-athletes who are earning Academic All-WAC honors for the fifth time include track athletes Hollie Bosworth, Stephanie Burt, Philip Noble and Bailee Whitworth.

Student-athletes earning their fourth all-WAC honors include track athletes Eric Follett, Aubrie Haymore, Tyler Killpack, Kyle McKenna and Jennifer Schiess and gymnast Haley Hogan.

Three-time honorees include women’s basketball players Pua Furtado and Jenna Johnson, gymnast Rebecca Holliday and track athletes Bri Campbell, David Cluff, Keeley Eldredge, Kylie Hirschi and John Johnson.

Of the 41 USU student-athletes to earn winter Academic All-WAC honors, 35 are receiving the accolade for at least the second time.

Idaho had 52 winter Academic All-WAC honorees, which included women’s swimming and diving, to lead the WAC. Utah State was second with 41 honorees, followed by New Mexico State (34), Hawaii (29), San Jose State (25), Nevada (23), Fresno State (21) and Louisiana Tech (5).

To be eligible for the winter academic team, a student-athlete must have completed one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade-point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.

Winter Academic All-WAC Honorees

Gymnastics

Haley Hogan, Jr., Watershed & Earth Systems, 3.21

Rebecca Holliday, Jr., Journalism, 3.39

Paige Jones, So., English, 3.32

Christina Nye, So., Physical Therapy, 3.36

Samantha Wagner, So., Psychology, 3.36

Amanda Watamaniuk, So., Physical Therapy, 3.76

Men’s Basketball

Ben Clifford, So., Marketing, 3.15

Women’s Basketball

Devyn Christensen, Jr., Business, 3.16

Pua Furtado, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.31

Jenna Johnson, Jr., Elementary Education, 3.40

Jennifer Schlott, So., Marketing, 3.32

Men’s Indoor Track

David Cluff, Jr., Chemistry, 3.19

Eric Follett, Jr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.92

Daniel Howell, Sr., Wildlife Sciences & Rangeland Resources, 3.96

John Johnson, Sr., International Business, 3.48

Tyler Killpack, Sr., Entrepreneurship, 3.22

Kyle McKenna, Jr., Music, 3.96

Jordan McMurray, Sr., Accounting, 3.51

Philip Noble, Sr., Accounting, 3.75

Silas Pimentel, Jr., Physical Therapy, 3.37

James Rohwer, So., Public Health, 3.89

Reagan Ward, Jr., Physical Therapy, 3.71

Women’s Indoor Track

Hollie Bosworth, Jr., Family and Consumer Science Education, 3.50

Stephanie Burt, Jr., Physical Education Teaching, 3.08

Bri Campbell, Jr., Accounting, 3.95

Jessie Chugg, Sr., Nutrition and Food Sciences: Dietetics, 3.77

Keeley Eldredge, So., History Teaching, 3.20

Haley Ence, So., Elementary Education, 3.22

Brittany Fisher, Jr., Elementary Education, 3.32

Kali Hamby, Sr., Physical Education Teaching, 3.44

Aubrie Haymore, Jr., Physical Education Teaching, 3.71

Katelyn Heiner, Sr.-GRAD, Masters of Business Administration, 3.97

Kylie Hirschi, So., Exercise Science, 3.64

Madison Jensen, Sr., Interior Design, 3.95

Kim Quinn, Sr., Environmental Studies, 3.04

Jennifer Schiess, Sr., Spanish Endorsement, 3.74

Lindsey Spencer, Sr.-GRAD, Masters of Health and Human Movement Science, 3.26

Rachelle St. Jeor, Sr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.59

Amber Thompson, Jr., International Studies, 3.65

Dana Wareham, So., Health Education and Promotions, 3.16

Bailee Whitworth, Jr., Nutrition and Food Sciences, 3.39

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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