UTRGV Student-Athletes Achieve Significant Academic Success


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RIO GRANDE VALLEY – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on Thursday that the department’s 256 student-athletes now hold a 3.23 cumulative grade point average (GPA) while 196 student-athletes are part of the Spring Athletic Director’s Honor Roll by achieving a GPA of at least 3.0 while serving as full-time students as part of a team during the fall semester.

One hundred thirteen student-athletes recorded a GPA of at least 3.50 to earn Dean’s List recognition, including 46 student-athletes that finished the semester with perfect 4.0 GPA’s. The student-athletes combined for a 3.21 GPA during the 2020-21 academic year.

“Our student-athletes continue to be a beacon of light as they have embraced a different style of learning during the pandemic,” UTRGV Vice President and Director of Athletics Chasse Conque said. “Our young people put in a tremendous amount of work, and I could not be more proud of what they accomplished this past academic year.”

By percentage, 77.78% of student-athletes earned a spot on the AD Honor Roll; a record 44.85% earned Dean’s List recognition, and 18.25% recorded a 4.0 GPA.

Thirteen sport programs recorded team GPA’s above 3.0, led by volleyball, which recorded a 3.52 GPA as 13 of their 14 student-athletes (92.86%) earned AD Honor Roll recognition, including eight (57.14%) on the Dean’s List and three with 4.0 GPA’s.

Men’s golf led the way among men’s teams with a 3.50 GPA, as a department-best 100% of the team made up of 10 student-athletes made the AD Honor Roll, including a department-best 60% on the Dean’s List and a department-best 30% with 4.0 GPA’s.

Baseball had the most student-athletes named to the AD Honor Roll and the Dean’s List with 33 and 19 respectively. Women’s soccer had the second most on the AD Honor Roll with 26 while women’s track & field/cross country had the second most on the Dean’s List with 17. Women’s track & field/cross country all had a department-high 10 student-athletes earn 4.0 GPA’s while men’s soccer ranked second with seven.

Conque also commended UTRGV’s coaches and the Victory Center staff of dedicated academic advisors.

“Our team worked day and night to make sure our student-athletes, most of whom were on campus, but some of whom were spread out in different time zones across the globe, had everything they needed to succeed,” Conque said.

A complete list of student-athletes who made the AD Honor Roll can be found below:

Spring AD Honor Roll Recipients:

Baseball
Team GPA 3.37
AD Honor Roll Recipients 33 82.50%
Dean’s List Honorees 19 47.50%
4.0 GPA’s 6 15.00%
Elijah Alexander
Ricky Arevalo
J.C. Ariza
Andy Atwood
Max Balderrama Jr.
Chase Bridges
Brett Cain
Angel De La Cruz
Zach De Leon
Conrado Diaz
Jacob Flores
Jesse Fonteboa
RJ Galvan
Randy Garza
Ricky Gerik Jr.
Coleman Grubbs
Jacob Hirsh
Joseph Impeduglia
Tyler Kisner
Carson Letterman
Isaac Lopez
Darian Luper
RJ Ochoa
Kevin Palm
Diego Ramirez
Cristian Ramos
Hunter Rebando
Max Rimac
Anthony Rodriguez
Freddy Rojas Jr.
Jacob Sanchez
Christian Sepulveda
Deryk Serbantez
Spencer Serven
DeAndre’ Shelton
Landon Staats
Kevin Stevens
Zach Tjelmeland
Jorge Trevino
Men’s Basketball
AD Honor Roll Recipients 7 43.75%
Dean’s List Honorees 3 18.75%
4.0 GPA’s 1 6.25%
LaQuan Butler
Isaiah Garcia
Malik Lawrence-Anderson
Rob McClain Jr.
Nick Mora
Marek Nelson
Jeff Otchere
Women’s Basketball
Team GPA 3.38
AD Honor Roll Recipients 13 92.86%
Dean’s List Honorees 4 28.57%
4.0 GPA’s 2 14.29%
Iva Belosevic
Sara Bershers
Sydney Cajero
Mallory Gibson
Amara Graham
Halie Jones
Jordan Lewis
Jessica Martino
Tiffany McGarity
Burcu Soysal
Arianna Sturdivant
Valeria Tapia
Jena’ Williams
Men’s Golf
Team GPA 3.50
AD Honor Roll Recipients 10 100.00%
Dean’s List Honorees 6 60.00%
4.0 GPA’s 3 30.00%
Andres Cortez
Euan Gill
Rhaasrikanesh Kanavathi
Sebastian Lundberg
Edmundo Mesta
Leonardo Novella
Tennoshin Ogawa
Luca Portelli
Alex Summers
Taj Sutherland
Women’s Golf
Team GPA 3.41
AD Honor Roll Recipients 8 88.89%
Dean’s List Honorees 4 44.44%
4.0 GPA’s 1 11.11%
Ellie Darnell
Samantha Garza
Julie Lucio
Alexandra Ozuna
Sophia Tejeda
Blayke Van Houten
Mercedes Vega
Rachel Yu
Men’s Soccer
Team GPA 3.27
AD Honor Roll Recipients 18 72.00%
Dean’s List Honorees 11 44.00%
4.0 GPA’s 7 28.00%
William Akio
Nicholas Blake
Mark Boswell
Bryce Box
Javier Chavez
Renan Dos Santos
Jan Engels
Alex Frank
Javier Garcia
Roberto Hernandez
Victor Medellin
Isaac Ochoa
Oliver Padilla
Trevor Schneider
Elyad Shojaei
Martin Tellez
Riccardo Turcis
Aleix Viladot Carames
Women’s Soccer
Team GPA 3.45
AD Honor Roll Recipients 26 86.67%
Dean’s List Honorees 14 46.67%
4.0 GPA’s 5 16.67%
Anna Barkey
Kalia Beckwith
Libby Beilfuss
Karime Benavides
Macie Blohowiak
Tanya Brouse
Delaney Carrell
Nadia Colon
Cami Dade
Macy Garza
Anna Frida Groedem
Kaysi Gutierrez
Georgina Hernandez
Shentatious Knox
Mari Liis Lillemae
Miranda Munoz
Tina Sophie Nielson
Molly Reynosa
Kryssie Rivera
Lily Rodriguez
Elina Seppälä
Gina Steiner
Shi’ Anne Swift
Anna Torslov
Madeline von Moeller
Jacqueline Zapata
Men’s Tennis
AD Honor Roll Recipients 7 70.00%
Dean’s List Honorees 3 30.00%
4.0 GPA’s 2 20.00%
Samuel de Felipe Garcia
Carlo Izurieta
Zane Kohrs
Misha Kvantaliani
Alberto Mello
Mateo Schmit
Te Kani Williams
Women’s Tennis
Team GPA 3.45
AD Honor Roll Recipients 12 92.31%
Dean’s List Honorees 8 61.54%
4.0 GPA’s 2 15.38%
Asia Allen
Natalie Arce
Isabelle Bahr
Valeria Gracia
Kristyna Mamicova
Valeria Montero
Anna Mora
Ana Platisa
Sandra Putz
Katarina Sasaroga
Alicia Thal
Nethmi Waduge
Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country
Team GPA 3.11
AD Honor Roll Recipients 25 62.50%
Dean’s List Honorees 16 40.00%
4.0 GPA’s 4 10.00%
Michael Campbell
Max Carmona
Abraham Chirchir
Miguel Escamilla
Wes Franklin
Alex Galvan
Ricardo Garcia
Michael Gonzalez
Marco Guajardo
Christian Hall-Gardner
Yashawn Hamilton
Mariano Hernandez
Anthony Magallon
Yariel Matute
Paul May
Ricardo Mendoza
Alex Munoz
Vincent Nguyen
Tristan Pena
Jorge Salazar
Jaleel Scott
Sean Skaugen
Sergio Tijerina
Julian Trevino
Juan Zamora
Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country
Team GPA 3.02
AD Honor Roll Recipients 24 55.81%
Dean’s List Honorees 17 39.53%
4.0 GPA’s 10 23.26%
Lauryn Asiedu
Charlize De La Garza
Janie Delgado
Josefine Eriksen
Andrea Gallardo
Aaliyah Garza
Karla Garza
Ashley Janet Gonzalez
Samantha Gonzalez
Aviana Goode
Taylar Kregness
Kayleen May
Daniella Muniz
Elizabeth Ortiz
Dulce Rodriguez
Mikayla Roell
Anahi Romo
Esmeralda Ruiz
Zarrey Sams
Jovanni Solis
Jasmyn Tulloch
Delilah Vega
Alma Villanueva
Hailey Wallet
Juvae Williams
Tamara Woodley
Volleyball
Team GPA 3.52
AD Honor Roll Recipients 13 92.86%
Dean’s List Honorees 8 57.14%
4.0 GPA’s 3 21.43%
Ada Bulgur
Revna Çakir
Samaret Caraballo
Ioanna Charitonidi
Sarah Cruz
Yasmim da Silva
Carter Helmcamp
Veronika Jandova
Jackie Kingsbury
Pamela Moreira
Victoire Nama
Debora Nazario
Evana Ramos
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