MARQUETTE—The United States Olympic Education Center has named 20 athletes to its All-Academic Team for their performance in the classroom during the 2008 winter semester.
The All-Academic Team recognizes athletes who earn a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in their studies at Northern Michigan University.
According to USOEC Academic Coordinator Tony Tollefson, “It’s hard work to be training all day and taking 13 or 14 credits on top of it, so we like to award the athletes who can pull it off.”
The following Greco-Roman wrestlers made the list: freshman Aaron Briggs (Tuscon, Ariz); sophomore Talan Knox (Salt Lake City, Utah); juniors John Dibala (Silverton, Ore.), Spenser Mango (St. Louis, Mo.) and Ben Sanchez (Leominster, Mass); and senior Cheney Haight (Orem, Utah).
The women’s freestyle wrestling team showed that it’s not only a force on the mat, but also in the classroom, earning the highest grade-point average among all USOEC teams. Athletes are freshmen Lindsey Brooks (Spring, Texas), Whitney Condor (Puyallup, Wash.) and Shyla Iokia (Maui, Hawaii); sophomore Alyssa Lampe (Tomahawk, Wis); junior Nicole Darrow (Lanesboro, Mass); and seniors Amy Borgnini (Terre Haute, Ind.) and Sadie Kaneda (Honolulu, Hawaii). Borgnini graduated from NMU in May with a bachelor’s degree in sports science.
“This is the second year our team has had the highest GPA,” said women’s freestyle coach Shannyn Gillespie. “This proves that you can get your education and be a successful athlete at the same time,” he said.
Weightlifters earning the honor include freshman Chelsea Kyle (Sandusky, Ohio); juniors Justin Brimhall (Miami, Fla.) and Collin Ito (Vista, Calif.); and senior Ashley Suggs (Whitesboro, Texas). Suggs also graduated in May with a degree in sports science.
Speedskaters rounding out the team are sophomores Tamara Frederick (Atlanta, Ga.) and Sonia Milan (North Royalton, Ohio) and junior Levi Kirkpatrick (Hills, Iowa).