FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas Athletic Department officially recognized many of its student-athletes for outstanding academic accomplishments at the third annual Razorback Scholar-Athlete Awards Event on Monday on the floor of Bud Walton Arena.
Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long helped acknowledge the Razorbacks who earned a 3.00 grade point average or better in either the spring of 2010 or the fall of 2011, or both.
The event was organized by the Athletic Department’s Student-Athlete Academic Support and Achievement (SAASA) staff.
"We are proud to recognize the many outstanding academic accomplishments of Razorback student-athletes," Long said. "These extraordinary young men and women are leaders on their respective teams on the field, in the classroom and in the campus community. Through hard work and commitment, our student-athletes continue to succeed in all aspects of their collegiate experience while representing our University, our state and the Razorback Nation proudly."
Individually, 17 Razorback student-athletes were honored for posting a perfect 4.0 GPA in either or both semesters, including Callie Authier from soccer, Clay Bemberg from football, Toby Bothwell from men’s track and field, Tyler Bradley from men’s track and field, Rachel Carpino from women’s track and field, Tara Diebold from women’s track and field, Nathanael Franks from men’s track and field, Jayme Gee from softball, Sarah Howard from swimming and diving, Lauren Locklear from soccer, Lisa Lunkenheimer from swimming and diving, Ashley Martindale from softball, Hope McLemore from softball, Danielle Nowell from women’s track and field, Evan Palmer from soccer, Michelle Stout from gymnastics and Keri Wood from women’s track and field.
Awards for the highest team GPAs went to golf for the spring of 2010 and tennis for the fall of 2011 for women’s sports, and to golf for both semesters for men’s sports.
Awards for the most improved team GPA from fall 2009 to spring 2010 went to swimming and diving for women’s sports and to basketball for men’s sports.
The most improved awards from spring 2010 to fall 2011 went to basketball for women’s sports and tennis for men’s sports.