Conference-Best 41 PhilaU Student-Athletes Honored with Academic Achievement Awards

Forty-one student-athletes from PhilaU were awarded D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards for 2011-12.

Philadelphia University topped a list of student-athletes recognized with academic achievement awards as announced Aug. 15 by the Division II Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA). PhilaU had 41 award winners, the highest number in the  Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC).

The achievement adds to Philadelphia University’s impressive commitment to academics for each of the school’s student-athletes. The University consistently ranks among the top academic performers among all NCAA Division II institutions, according to the NCAA’s Academic Success Reports. PhilaU’s 95 percent student-athlete graduate rate currently places the school among the top 10 best colleges and universities in the nation.

The D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards recognize students-athletes who have completed at least four semesters of college work with a cumulate grade point average of 3.5 or higher. PhilaU was one of nine schools in the CACC to receive at least one D2ADA award.

“We are very proud of our students’ achievements,” said Tom Shirley, director of athletics and women’s basketball coach. “We take academics seriously at Philadelphia University, and it is always encouraging to see so many of our student-athletes excelling in the classroom.”

Philadelphia University’s D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winners for 2011-12 are:

Ryan Shellock
Robert Spragis
Jeffrey Bohus

Men’s Cross Country
Zachary Garman
Tyler Dye

Timothy Gobrecht
Edward DiRugeris
Tom Mahone

Men’s Soccer
Kyle Ferrier
Sean Crossland
Ryan Purnell
Alexander Null

Women’s Basketball
Taylor Peltzer
Kristen Blye
Megan Finn
Courtney Overholt

Women’s Rowing
Casey Watrous
Julia Mazza
Mary Costello
Elizabeth Kelkis

Kalynn Hodel
CariBeth Shappell
Rebecca Cox
Carli DiCioccio
Melissa Styer

Women’s Soccer
Gabrielle Haden
Dana Rokoszak
Erin Walter
Nicole Van Bourgondien
Tierney Carabba

Allison Glaser
Kacie DeMaio
Samantha Riabako

Women’s Tennis
Brittany Villa
Isabela Espinosa Davilla
Elizabeth Verbits

Women’s Volleyball
Julie Niblock
Heather Martin
Brittany Olson

Women’s Cross Country
Meaghan McAdorey
Christina Wetzel

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