@AdrianBulldogs Increase Student-Athlete Count to 112 on MIAA Academic Honor Roll for 2016-17

@AdrianBulldogs Increase Student-Athlete Count to 112 on MIAA Academic Honor Roll for 2016-17

MIAA Student-Athlete Honor Roll (PDF version) ll MIAA Team Honor Roll (XLS)

FREELAND, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association on Wednesday announced the list of 1,248 student-athletes from the conference’s nine member institutions recognized as 2016-17 MIAA Academic Honor Roll selections. The total marks the second consecutive year the total of honorees surpassed 1,200 student-athletes.

Click on the links above to view the Adrian College individual winners and the complete lists.

Adrian placed 112 academic all-conference standouts on the listings, which is an increase of a 20 from the 2015-16 academic calendar. That represents the highest jump in the MIAA.

Softball's Chelsea Shellman (Romulus High School), Marisa Dion (Lockport, Ill./Providence Catholic High School), Alissa Flury (Dearborn Heights, Mich./Lutheran Westland HS) and Margo Joubran (Mount Morris, Mich./E.A. Johnson), all from women's volleyball, Natalie Modes (Livonia, Mich./Benjamin Franklin HS) from women's indoor/outdoor track & field, and Carlin O'Malley (Livonia, Mich./Stevenson) of Women's Soccer, are four-year recipients for the Bulldogs.

Here are some other Bulldog highlights: Women's Volleyball produced the highest team grade-point average across the MIAA; women's golf senior Emily Bristow (Hanover/Hanover-Horton) and junior Elizabeth Barrett (St. Clair, Mich.) both were named Scholar All-Americans by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association earlier this month; and Women's Soccer edged Softball, 16-14, for the most among AC programs.

Recognized in three sports are seniors Daniel Malcolm (Canton, Mich./Wayne Memorial) and Conner Stevons (Rochester Hills, Mich. Rochester Adams) from Men's Indoor Track & Field, Men's Cross Country and Men's Outdoor Track & Field; and junior Olivia Vasiloff (Vermilion, Ohio/Lutheran West) on the women's side.

Double winners are seniors Natalie Modes (Livonia, Mich./Benjamin Franklin) and Takiyah Smith (Rochester, Mich./Avondale), both from Women's Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field; senior Caleb Vanderlugt (Zeeland, Mich./Holland Christian) in Football and Men's Lacrosse; sophomore Gabriel Lopez (Tecumseh HS) of Men's Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field; and freshman Dakota Morgan (Interlochen, Mich./Grand Traverse Academy HS) with Women's Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field. 

“Once again, the student-athletes of the MIAA continue to demonstrate the importance of a well-rounded collegiate experience, and the volume of student-athletes that have achieved high academic standards remains an impressive accomplishment,” said MIAA Commissioner Penny Allen-Cook. “I am proud of the efforts our student-athletes put towards their success in all aspects of their collegiate experience.”

To be recognized, student-athletes must reach a 3.5 GPA for the academic year and earn a varsity letter in an MIAA-sponsored sport.

Of the 1,248 student-athletes recognized, 199 were multi-sport athletes, including 89 that earned a varsity letter in three sports in 2016-17.

Also on Thursday, the MIAA released its Team Grade-Point Average Awards as five Bulldog squads were honored: Men's and Women's Cross Country, both 3.400 (Coach Brian Thill); Women's Soccer, 3.540 (Coach Ali Alamdari); and Women's Volleyball, 3.980 (Coach David Kwan). Of note, Women's Soccer repeats on this list and the Kwan-led volleyball squad earned the distinction of having the highest collective GPA of any team in any MIAA sport.

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