Alabama Athletics Leads the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll with 48 Student-Athletes

April 25, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The University of Alabama tied with Georgia and South Carolina for the most student-athletes on the Southeastern Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll with 48, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced Wednesday.

The back-to-back NCAA Champion gymnastics team had 13, a total that was first among league's gymnastics teams, including Becca Alexin (General Health Studies), Olivia Carisella (Food & Nutrition), Sarah DeMeo (Interdisciplinary Studies), Ria Domier (Chemical Engineering), Lindsey Fowler (Early Childhood Education), Marissa Gutierrez (Early Childhood Education), Kim Jacob (Exercise Science), Diandra Milliner (General Health Studies), Ashley Priess (Marketing), Ashley Sledge (Public Relations), Geralen Stack-Eaton (Telecommunications and Film), Rachel Terry (Early Childhood Education) and Hannah Toussaint(Communicative Disorders).

The men's swimming and diving team led the way for the Crimson Tide with 18 making the list, exceeding last year's total by six, including Vlad Caciuc (Computer Science Engineering), Brian Carr (Chemical Engineering), Cameron Conners (Electrical Engineering), Philip Dockery (Chemical Engineering), Gilles Gutnecht (Management), Hunter Hinson (Management), BJ Hornikel (Exercise Science), Alex Pujol (Management), Andrew Reeves (Electrical Engineering), Jake Reynolds (Exercise Science), Reese Shirey (Interdisciplinary Studies), Devan Terry (Marine Science/Biology), Mike Tontillo (Elementary Education), Kyle Weeks (Finance), George Wong (Mechanical Engineering), Andrew Wrist (Aerospace Engineering), Joe Ziegler (English) and Luke Zippi(Pre-Medical).

The women's swimming and diving team had 13 honorees, including Callan Buck (Pre-major Studies), Kara Feeney (Interior Design), Jenna Gallo (General Health Studies), Anna Rae Gwarjanski (Journalism), Hillary Hahmann (Management and Marketing), Caitlyn Harrison (Finance), Shelby Hixon (Biology), Paige McCleary (Exercise Science), Callie Nettles (American Studies), Ida Persson (Art and Advertising), Alex Popa (Criminal Justice), Suzanne Schwee (Psychology) and Kristel Vourna(Exercise Science).

The men's basketball team, which reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006, had three honorees in Carl Engstrom (Health Sciences), Charles Hankerson (Communication Studies) and Trevor Releford (Consumer Sciences). Women's basketball's Kristin Bush(Nursing) also made the list.

To earn a place on the honor roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.0 or better grade point average for either the preceding academic year or their career and be a sophomore or better in academic standing. The winter list honors those student-athletes that participate in men's and women's basketball, gymnastics and men's and women's swimming and diving.

The Tide's football, soccer and volleyball teams, which were honored earlier this year, put 56 student-athletes on the fall honor roll. The conference will recognize the sports whose championships are in the spring, as well as this year's freshmen, at a later date.

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