SIOUX FALLS — A total of 189 University of South Dakota student-athletes combined for a league-leading 215 selections to the Summit League Academic Honor Roll announced Thursday by the league office. It marks the third straight year USD has led the league in the number of student-athletes on the honor roll.
The 189 athletes ties South Dakota State for the most on the list, 28 more than third-place North Dakota State. Fifty-eight percent of USD student-athletes who compete within The Summit League are members of the Academic Honor Roll.
USD women’s track and field (54), men’s and women’s swimming and diving (44), women’s cross country (20) and women’s basketball (12) led the league in total numbers in their respective sports. Volleyball (11) ranked second while men’s cross country and tennis ranked third.
To be eligible for the league’s academic honor roll, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 grade point average for the academic year awarded and have used a season of competition in the sport in which the student-athlete is nominated.
Among the honorees from USD were women’s basketball players Allison Arens (Crofton, Nebraska) and Monica Arens (Crofton, Nebraska); men’s cross country runner Hunter Paulsen (Elk Point), women’s cross country runners Ashlynn Atwood (Beresford), Haley Arens( Crofton, Nebraska), Maddie Lavin (Vermillion) and Laura Nelson (Mission Hill); women’s swimming and diving competitor Lavin; men’s track and field athlete Paulsen; and women’s track and field athletes Lindsey Hale (Yankton), Lavin, Nelson and Madison Tessier (Yankton).
Honorees from South Dakota State included baseball player Chase Kortan (Tabor), women’s golfer Sydney Bormann (Parkston), women’s soccer player Marisa Schulz (Dakota Dunes), and women’s track and field athlete Sophie Bisgard (Yankton).