The Mid-American Conference released its list of Distinguished Scholar Athletes today, and 12 Ball State student-athletes made the cut.

For the third year in a row, men's swimmer Tanner Barton and women's swimmer Jessica Extine were honored. Five members of the women's swim and dive team and three members of the men's swim and dive team were named Distinguished Scholar Athletes.

Two members of the track and field team were honored, Regan Lewis and Gabby Sims. Sean Sellers of the men's basketball team and Carmen Grande of the women's basketball team were also honored.

2016-17 MAC Winter Sport Distinguished Scholar Athletes (Ball State)

Women’s Indoor Track & Field

Regan Lewis, sophomore pre-nursing major, 3.770 GPA (Greenfield, Indiana)

*Gabby Sims, junior elementary education major, 3.887 GPA (Columbus, Indiana)

Men’s Swimming & Diving

*^Tanner Barton, senior health science major, 4.000 GPA (Dublin, Ohio)

*Mitch Prather, senior exercise science major, 3.925 GPA (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Lane Sawyer, sophomore nursing major, 3.795 GPA (North Vernon, Indiana)

Women’s Swimming & Diving

*^Jessica Extine, senior nursing major, 3.769 GPA (Muncie, Indiana)

Amanda Kedzierski, junior meteorology major, 3.786 GPA (Irwin, Pennsylvania)

*Allie Kolz, senior elementary education major, 3.883 GPA (Lindenhurst, Illinois)

*Courtney Mudd, senior exercise science major, 3.688 GPA (Fishers, Indiana)

*Traci Muszalski, junior speech language pathology major, 3.773 GPA (Dyer, Indiana)

Men’s Basketball

*Sean Sellers, junior sport administration major, 3.567 GPA (Greensburg, Indiana)

Women’s Basketball

Carmen Grande, sophomore industry and technology major, 3.987 GPA (Madrid, Spain)

*2015-16 Distinguished Scholar Athlete

^2014-15 Distinguished Scholar Athlete

To qualify, students must have a 3.20 GPA or better and participate in at least half of the team's contests, while also being named Academic All-MAC.

Seventeen other Cardinals received the award during the fall season, while the spring honors will be announced at the end of the athletic year.