43 Saint Leo student-athletes recognized by D2ADA

43 Saint Leo student-athletes recognized by D2ADA

SAINT LEO, Fla. – A total of 43 Saint Leo University student-athletes were named recipients of Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) Academic Achievement Awards, when the association’s list of honorees was unveiled Friday.

The D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards honors Division II student-athletes who have completed four semesters of post-secondary academic work and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale.

“This past year was one of unprecedented success for Saint Leo athletically, and I’m pleased that we were able to match those achievements in the classroom as well,” said Francis X. Reidy, Saint Leo’s director of athletics. “Excellence is one of the Core Values of our institution, and it is important that all our student-athletes have the opportunity to achieve at the highest level in all facets of their Saint Leo experience.”

A record number 6,949 Division II student-athletes representing 155 institutions were recognized with 2013-14 Academic Achievement Awards, including 475 Sunshine State Conference student-athletes.

The complete list of student-athletes who earned D2ADA 2013-14 Academic Achievement Awards is as follows:


Shaun Adams, baseball, graduate student

Liam Ainsworth, men’s golf, junior       

LeeAnn Antuna, women’s cross country & track, senior

Alyssa Barrett, women’s golf, junior

Maria Benkirane, women’s tennis, junior

Javeim Blanchette, men’s soccer, senior

Ryan Burke, men’s lacrosse, senior

Robert Cavanaugh, men’s lacrosse, junior

Joanna Chadwick, women’s lacrosse, junior

Chelsea Connelly, women’s basketball, senior

Ryan Connors, men’s golf, senior

Victoria Ecker, women’s soccer, junior

Brittany Ewing, softball, senior

Alexa Griffith-Hardy, women’s volleyball, junior

Kaitlyn Hite, women’s swimming, junior

Dale Irving, baseball, junior

Sean Jones, men’s soccer, senior

Laura Kemkes, women’s tennis, senior

Jesse Leeman, men’s lacrosse, junior

Ismail Lemtouni, men’s tennis, senior

Jessica LoBianco, softball, junior

Rafael Lohner, men’s cross country & track, senior

Teresa Manigrasso, women’s basketball, senior

Kristy Marques, women’s swimming, senior

Stephanie Martinez, women’s swimming, junior

Andrea Maxwell, women’s cross country & track, senior

Alex Miner, softball, junior

Brandon Mumaw, baseball, junior

Christopher Newcomb, baseball, senior

Matthew Nicholson-Lewis, men’s tennis, senior

Matthew Obermeyer, men’s lacrosse, senior

Chloe Pellican, women’s swimming, senior

Rachel Powell, women’s volleyball, senior

Yaidimar Santiago, women’s volleyball, senior

Nicole SirotaPlotnikov, women’s lacrosse, senior

Jordan Sisson, women’s volleyball, senior

Elyse Snyder, women’s cross country & track, senior

Chelsey Steedley, softball, senior

Sarah Steiner, softball, senior

Jelena Tancic, women’s cross country & track, senior

Alphonsius Verberne, men’s tennis, Junior

Samantha White, women’s tennis, senior

Vincent Wiskowski, men’s soccer, junior


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