The student-athlete must have a cumulative grade points average of 3.5 or higher, have attended a minimum of two years of college level work and have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year.
The Division 2 Athletic Directors Association (D2ADA) announced the 2012-13 recipients of the D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards. The Academic Achievement Awards is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division 2 level. The University of Minnesota Crookston had 25 student-athletes receive the distinguished honor.
“The D2ADA would like to thank and congratulate the institutions that took part in honoring the record-number of 6,854 student-athletes with 2012-13 Academic Achievement Awards,” stated D2ADA President Anita Barker, director of athletics at Chico State University. “We continuously strive to recognize and honor deserving Division 2 student-athletes. This award gives us the platform to showcase these individuals and their efforts in the classroom, as well as on the playing field.”
In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the NCAA Division II institution must be a current dues paying member of the D2ADA. Also, the student-athlete must have a cumulative grade points average of 3.5 or higher, have attended a minimum of two years of college level work and have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year.
Football had six student-athletes honored including Matt Borowicz (Jr., OL, Stephen, Minn.), Joshua Perea (Sr., DB, Pico Rivera, Calif.), former kicker Chris Secrest (Hollywood, Fla.), Drew Selvestra (So., DL, Eagan, Minn.), former linebacker Joe Stearly (Blaine, Minn.) and Andrew Steinfeldt (Sr., RB, Green Bay, Wis.).
Volleyball was represented by four student-athletes including Brittany Looker (Jr., OH, Rochester, Minn.), Mary Mikutowski (Jr., DS, Stillwater, Minn.), Alyssa Schneider (Sr., MB/RS, Racine, Wis.) and Chelsea Wiesner (Sr., Lib., Rochester, Minn.).
Equestrian had former riders Karen Carpenedo (Bessemer, Mich.), Jessica Charles (Belgrade Lakes, Maine) and Yahna Zastrow (Easton, Minn.) earn the honor along with current competitor Hannah Nedrud (Sr., St. Louis Park, Minn.).
Current baseball players Marcus Campbell (So., P, St. Croix Falls, Wis.) and Jesse Jennings (Jr., IF/OF, Robbinsdale, Minn.) also earned the award along with former soccer player Jensen (Crots) Sanders (Chesterton, Ind.) and current soccer players Rachel Halligan (Sr., MF, Duluth, Minn.) and Erin Mears (Jr., MF, Sioux Falls, S.D.).
Men’s basketball player Almir Krdzalic (Sioux Falls, S.D.), women’s basketball player Kenzie Church (Jr., Fairmount, N.D.), men’s golfer Zach Cymbaluk (Jr., Crookston, Minn.), women’s golfer Kelly Gustofson (Sr., Hermantown, Minn.), softball player Shelby Hollinger (Jr., IF, Neudorf, Saskatchewan) and women’s tennis netter Casey Paris (Sr., Fairmont, Minn.) round out the UMC honorees.