SIOUX FALLS — South Dakota placed 113 student-athletes on the 2020-21 Summit League Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence announced Friday.

The list honors student-athletes for their hard work in the classroom. They must carry a 3.50 cumulative grade point average, completed at least three semesters at the institution (except graduate transfers) and used a season of competition in the sport in which the student-athlete is nominated.

South Dakota’s volleyball program earned a Team Academic Achievement Award for having the highest percentage of eligible student-athletes on the Commissioner’s List. The Coyotes overall have 55 percent of their eligible student-athletes on the list.

Among the honorees were Monica Arens (women’s basketball; Sr., nursing, Crofton, Nebraska), Maddie Lavin (women’s swimming & diving, women’s track & field; Jr., Neuroscience, Vermillion), Alec Atwood (men’s track & field; So., business, Beresford), Haley Arens (women’s track & field; Jr., biology, Crofton) and Laura Nelson (women’s track & field; Sr., medical biology, Mission Hill).

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