CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) announced the 2016-17 recipients of the D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards Wednesday, with 51 Georgia College student-athletes making the list, tops among Peach Belt Conference (PBC) schools. The Academic Achievement Awards program recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level.
In total, a record 10,644 student-athletes from 183 institutions are being recognized for the 2016-17 Academic Achievement Awards.
For Georgia College, baseball’s Clayten Ayres (Kennewick, Washington), Josh Fellows (Locust Grove, Georgia), Kane Keith (Hogansville, Georgia), Logan Mattix (Loganville, Georgia), Nate Schmal (Cumming, Georgia), Bradley Spinner (Roswell, Georgia) and Evan Troutt (Alpharetta, Georgia) received the accolade.
The Georgia College Softball team had a successful year in the classroom with eight winners. The players include, Hannah Coursey (Sugar Hill, Georgia), Holland Coursey (Sugar Hill, Georgia), Faith Flanders (Dublin, Georgia), Baylee Hall (Hephzibah, Georgia), Cassidy Rice (Du Quoin, Illinois), Emily Robertson (Dacula, Georgia), Caroline Snider (Tennille, Georgia), and Brooke Taylor (Powder Springs, Georgia).
For Men’s and Women’s Basketball, there was a total of six players earning the award. Ana Anderson (Sharpsburg, Georgia), Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville, Georgia), Ellie Fruit (Henderson, Kentucky), Lindsey Reed (Stockbridge, Georgia) and Veronica Ryan (Clearwater, Florida) received the award for the women. Isaac Thomas (Trion, Georgia) was the lone Bobcat to receive the award for the Men’s Basketball team.
Matias Chiappero (Santa Fe, Argentina) and Harry Lambert (Suwanee, Georgia) represented the golf team in achieving the award.
There were seven recipients on the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams, with Daniel Sexton (Cumming, Georgia), Collin Silliman (Douglassville, Georgia) and Brian Skoglind (Cumming, Georgia) on the men’s side, with Brittney Schwind (Suwanee, Georgia), Sarah Wilder (Tifton, Georgia), Rebecca Winslow (Lawrenceville, Georgia) and Katherine Yost (Norcross, Georgia) for the women.
A total of six players from the Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams received the academic honor including Christian Graff (Lohmar, Germany), Kyle Kinsler (Suwanee, Georgia), and Jannik Kumbier (Neumunster, Germany) for the men. On the women’s side, Kristen Jones (Marietta, Georgia), Jena Kelly (Lawrenceville, Georgia) and Macy Polk (Powder Springs, Georgia) earned the award.
For the Volleyball program, Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida), Miller Howard (Suwanee, Georgia), Katie Ray (Cumming, Georgia), Ashley Savransky (Roswell, Georgia), Madison Speyerer (Winter Haven, Florida) and Taylor Svehla (Cumming, Georgia) all earned the academic achievement.
The Bobcat Soccer program was exceptional in the classroom with nine players earning the accolade. Those players include, Ragnheidur Bjarnadottir (Gardabaer, Iceland), Liz Franco (Milton, Georgia), Alex Giles (Dacula, Georgia), Ashlee Graham (Decatur, Georgia), Anya Mancinelli (Atlanta, Georgia), Sarah Miller (Duluth, Georgia), Abby Nearing (Alpharetta, Georgia), Allyease Schwartz (Roswell, Georgia) and Millie York (Hove, England).
In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, they must: have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work and have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year.
Georgia College recorded the greatest amount of student-athletes in the Peach Belt Conference with 51. The Bobcats finished ahead of the University of North Georgia who accumulated 47 award winners, and Flagler College who had 42 recipients.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on social media for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.