Nine Swimmers Honored with MVC Scholar-Athlete Accolades

Nine Swimmers Honored with MVC Scholar-Athlete Accolades

Bookmark and Share

ST LOUIS - The Missouri Valley Conference announced the 2011 MVC Scholar-Athlete team for women's swimming and diving late Saturday night. Missouri State has nine representatives, including senior Katharina Voelkel, who topped the list with a 4.0 GPA.

Voelkel is a four-year competitor in the Valley who will graduate with a 4.0 GPA in her double-major of mathematics and biology. She has received Scholar-Athlete honors in each of her four years at Missouri State.

In addition to her excellence in the classroom, Voelkel will graduate as one of the top distance swimmers in school history. She is fourth all-time in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:20.64), fourth in the 1650-yard freestyle (17:13.03) and fifth in the 500-yard freestyle (4:59.66).

Voelkel is the second bear in as many years to graduate with a 4.0 GPA as last season, Chelsea Ray had a 4.0 GPA in Marketing/Advertising.

In addition to Voelkel, junior Laura Peterson, junior Brianna Willoughby, sophomore Kaylee Steffen, senior Rene Smith, junior Brynne Buell, sophomore Amber Green, junior Dimitra Drakopoulou and junior Katie Lindeman also earned Scholar-Athlete status.

Scholar-Athlete honors require athletes to have completed at least one year and maintain either a 3.2 GPA and obtain all-conference honors, achieve a 3.5 GPA and finish top sixteen in an individual event at the conference championships, or maintain a 3.8 GPA and participate in the MVC championship.

 Forty-one student-athletes qualified for the Valley 2011 Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete team, with five student-athletes averaging a perfect 4.0 GPA.  Illinois State and Evansville lead the Valley with ten student-athlete representatives.

2010-11 MVC Scholar Athlete Team

Name

School

Year

GPA

Maureen Doyle

Illinois State

Jr.

4.00

Polly Hirt

Illinois State

Jr.

4.00

Katharina Voelkel

Missouri State

Sr.

4.00

Jessica Anderson

Southern Illinois

So.

4.00

Christina Schmidgall

Evansville

Sr.

4.00

Bethany Olson

UNI

So.

3.98

Kristin Geppert

Southern Illinois

Jr.

3.975

April Mangrich

UNI

Sr.

3.97

Ashley Mangrich

UNI

Sr.

3.96

Danielle Schumacher

Illinois State

So.

3.91

Madicyn Prouty

Illinois State

So.

3.91

Valerie Jones

Evansville

Jr.

3.91

Annie Shackelford

Evansville

Sr.

3.86

Stephanie Frederick

UNI

So.

3.83

Molly Gomberg

Illinois State

Sr.

3.82

Jill Enge

Evansville

So.

3.82

Tori Alland

Illinois State

So.

3.80

Melissa Larocque

Southern Illinois

So.

3.795

Laura Peterson

Missouri State

Jr.

3.79

Brianna Willoughby

Missouri State

Jr.

3.79

Alex Spata

Evansville

Jr.

3.75

Kelly McCullough

UNI

Sr.

3.74

Brianna Winkler

Illinois State

So.

3.68

Marcela Teixeira

Southern Illinois

Sr.

3.642

Jillian Olson

Illinois State

Jr.

3.62

Sarah Hedeen

UNI

So.

3.62

Phoebe Hodina

Evansville

So.

3.61

Merri Schmitt

Evansville

So.

3.60

Kaylee Steffen

Missouri State

So.

3.58

Rene Smith

Missouri State

Sr.

3.57

Brynne Buell

Missouri State

Jr.

3.57

Christine Byron

Illinois State

Sr.

3.53

Alex Howard

Evansville

Jr.

3.51

Morgan Buechele

Illinois State

So.

3.49

Jill Weckbach

Southern Illinois

Jr.

3.474

Michelle Bell

Southern Illinois

So.

3.415

Amber Green

Missouri State

So.

3.40

Dimitra Drakopoulou

Missouri State

Jr.

3.37

Katie Lindeman

Missouri State

Jr.

3.35

Jennifer Childers

Evansville

Sr.

3.27

Sadie Wells

Evansville

So.

3.25

­

Print Friendly Version