Eight Ball State softball players and nine track and field athletes were named Academic All-MAC this week. Across all sports teams, majority of Ball State athletes finished the spring semester with a 3.0 semester GPA or higher. DN FILE PHOTO
Eight softball players, 9 track and field athletes earn Academic All-MAC honors
Academic honors keep rolling in for the Cardinals, with eight softball players and nine track and field athletes being named Academic All-MAC this week.
For the softball team, seniors Kelsey Schifferdecker and Sammi Cowger won the award for the third consecutive year. Senior Emily Dabkowski and juniors Rachel Houck, Amanda Arnett and India Steward all won the award for a second time.
Sophomores Elise Sandberg and Carolyn Wilmes are first-time members of the Academic All-MAC team.
Softball Academic All-MAC
Amanda Arnett, junior, 3.537, Speech Language Pathology
Sammi Cowger, senior, 3.803, Sport Administration
Emily Dabkowski, senior, 3.411, Nursing
Rachel Houck, junior, 3.410, Accounting
Elise Sandberg, sophomore, 3.794, Biology
Kelsey Schifferdecker, senior, 3.973, Accounting
India Steward, junior, 3.716, Sport Administration
Carolyn Wilmes, sophomore, 3.571, Legal Studies
Track and Field Academic All-MAC
Olivia Ashba, junior, 3.612, Psychological Science
Jessica Bryzek, sophomore, 3.681, Biology
Michaela Hull, senior, 3.853, Exercise Science
Becca Kropf, senior, 3.355, Dietetics
Marie Lumpkin, senior, 3.689, Elementary Education
Ericka Rinehart, junior, 3.590, Nursing
Gabby Sims, sophomore, 3.853, Elementary Education
Kassidy Swenson, junior, 3.489, Speech Language Pathology
Anna-Kay West, sophomore, 3.449, Chemistry
Schifferdecker majors in accounting and her 3.973 GPA was the highest on the softball team.
Track and field sophomore Jessica Bryzek and junior Erika Rinehart both had the distinction of being named Academic All-MAC three times this year alone. The pair were honored in the fall as members of the cross country team and earlier this semester as members of the indoor track and field team before finally representing the outdoor track and field team.
Junior Olivia Ashba and seniors Marie Lumpkin and Michaela Hull all made both the indoor and outdoor teams for the second straight year.
Also sweeping the indoor and outdoor honors this year were senior Becca Kropf and sophomores Gabby Sims and Anna-Kay West.
Junior Kassidy Swenson rounds out the Academic All-MAC members, being honored after the outdoor season for the second year in a row.
Hull and Sims each carry a 3.853 GPA, the highest mark on the track and field team. Hull majors in exercise science, and Sims studies elementary education.
To qualify for Academic All-MAC, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative 3.20 GPA while also participating in at least half of their team's games. Exceptions to the 50 percent rule are made for pitchers.
Across all sports, a majority of Ball State athletes finished the spring with a 3.0 semester GPA or higher, including 152 that qualified for the Dean's List with a 3.5 semester GPA or higher.