CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) announced the 2018-19 recipients of the D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards recently, with 43 Georgia College student-athletes making the list. The Academic Achievement Awards program recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level.
In total, 11,660 student-athletes from 185 institutions are being recognized for the 2018-19 Academic Achievement Awards. The 43 honorees is up from 40 last year.
For Georgia College, baseball’s Shane Connahan (Beaver Springs Pennsylvania), Eric Furphy (Suwanee, Georgia), Brad Spinner (Roswell, Georgia) and Harrison Veldsma (Marietta, Georgia) received the accolade.
The Georgia College Softball team had a successful year in the classroom with seven winners. The players include, Sarah Couch, Amber Coy (Warner Robins, Georgia), Haley Howell (Rochelle, Georgia), Rebecca Lawrence (Vidalia, Georgia), Jessie Morris, Danielle Rubin and Caroline Snider (Tennille, Georgia).
There were a whopping 14 recipients on the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams, with Tessa Allen (Atlanta, Georgia), Rachel Boulineau (Canton, Georgia), Madison Bowers (Cumming, Georgia), Sydney Brown (Canton, Georgia), Kaitlyn Griffith (Cumming, Georgia), Maddy Howe (Dacula, Georgia), Grace Lynch (Snellville, Georgia), Sarah Mae McGowan (Johns Creek, Georgia), Anna Tipton (Hartwell, Georgia), Sarah Wilder (Tifton, Georgia) and Amanda Wright (Woodstock, Georgia) on the women’s side, and Shawn Olmstead (Buford, Georgia), Brennan Silliman and Collin Silliman (Douglasville, Georgia) for the men.
A total of four players from the Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams received the academic honor including Jannik Kumbier (Neumünster, Germany), Robin Möller (Hamburg, Germany) and Noah Wallace for the men. On the women’s side, Emilia Richter earned the award.
The Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams totaled four players on the list with Sydney Cleveland (Gainesville, Georgia) and Dakota Williamson (Johns Creek, Georgia) for the women and Matthew Quint and Chapin Rierson on the men’s side.
For the Volleyball program, Libby Bochniak (Marietta, Georgia), Kayla Brockway (Jacksonville, Florida), and Taylor Svehla (Cumming, Georgia) earning the academic achievement.
The Bobcat Soccer program was exceptional in the classroom with seven players earning the accolade. Those players include, Hannah Asbell, Sophia Bonser (Tyrone, Georgia), Savanna DeValle (Cairo, Georgia), Ashlee Graham (Decatur, Georgia), Kai Jeffries (Lawrenceville, Georgia), Sofia Lekas (Lizella, Georgia) and Becca Morris (Marietta, Georgia).
In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, they must: have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work and have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year.
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