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UNLV Places 77 On Spring Academic All-MW Team

Kurt Kitayama was a four-year representative for UNLV men's golf on the Spring Academic All-Mountain West Team dating back to the 2012 season.
July 16, 2015

Spring 2015 Academic All-Mountain West Team

LAS VEGAS ( - UNLV had a total of 77 student-athletes named to the Spring 2015 Academic All-Mountain West Team, the league announced Thursday.

A pair of Rebel programs hit double digits this year with women's swimming and diving pacing the athletics department with 20, followed by women's track & field's 17 -- a program-tying figure.

Women's basketball had a record haul with eight. Softball added seven, while baseball and women's tennis had six each. Four representatives from each of the men's tennis, men's golf and women's golf squads made the academic team, too. Men's basketball rounded out UNLV's 10 spring teams with one selection.

If you include the four men's swimming & diving student-athletes previously tabbed as part of the 2015 Academic All-Western Athletic Conference Team, UNLV had a total of 81 individuals who were recognized for their efforts in the classroom this spring. That total marked the 11th straight year that at least 81 Rebels were acknowledged.

For the 2014-15 academic year, the Scarlet & Gray had 119 student-athletes -- 112 MW and seven WAC in two sports -- earn either Fall or Spring honors.

Overall, a Conference record 959 student-athletes were named to the Spring 2015 Academic All-MW Team. Spring sports include baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's golf, women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis and men's and women's track & field.

To be eligible for selection to the Academic All-MW Team, student-athletes must have completed at least one academic year at the member institution, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and be a starter or significant contributor on their athletics team.

UNLV's 2015 Spring Academic All-Mountain West Honorees

Baseball (5)
D.J. Myers, Sophomore, Hospitality Management
Kenny Oakley, Junior, Finance
Payton Squier, Freshman, Undeclared
A.J. VanMeetren, Junior, Kinesiological Sciences
Ben Wright, Junior, Public Administration

Men's Basketball (1) Cody Doolin, Senior, Master of Public Administration

Women's Basketball (8) Alyssa Anderson, Freshman, Secondary Education Amie Callaway, Junior, Hospitality Management Alana Cesarz, Senior, Kinesiological Sciences Diamond Major, Sophomore, Biological Sciences Aley Rohde, Junior, Master of Public Administration Simone Sheppard, Freshman, Secondary Education Kandyce Smith, Freshman, Computer Science Nikki Wheatley, Freshman, Nutrition

Men's Golf (4) Shintaro Ban, Freshman, Pre-Business Carl Jonson, Senior, Accounting Kurt Kitayama, Senior, Finance John Oda, Freshman, Political Science

Women's Golf (4) Harley Dubsky, Freshman, Hospitality Management Dana Finkelstein, Senior, Kinesiological Sciences Avery French, Sophomore, Accounting Mackenzie Raim, Freshman, Communication Studies

Men's Tennis (4) Ruben Alberts, Freshman, Undeclared Jakob Amilon, Freshman, Pre-Business Alexandr Cozbinov, Freshman, Undeclared Ace Matias, Senior, Communication Studies

Women's Tennis (6) Paola Artiga, Sophomore, Pre-Business Anett Ferenczi-Bako, Senior, Hospitality Management Alexis Garrett, Senior, Accounting Iren Kotseva, Junior, Journalism & Media Studies Mercedes Lopez-Velez, Freshman, Pre-Business Santa Shumilina, Senior, Hospitality Management

Softball (7) Jamie DePippo, Junior, Communication Studies Morgan Ettinger, Sophomore, Secondary Education Francesca Foti, Junior, Special Education Emily Haslinger, Junior, Kinesiological Sciences Janine Petmecky, Freshman, Hospitality Management Brooke Stover, Freshman, Criminal Justice Jadelyn Yadao-Valdez, Freshman, Kinesiological Sciences

Women's Swimming & Diving (20) Erin Cox, Senior, Accounting Lauren Erickson, Junior, Kinesiological Sciences Julia Fehervari, Junior, Hospitality Management Mykalla Fielding, Freshman, Criminal Justice Elena Gavrilova, Junior, Psychology Kimberly Hendrick, Sophomore, Hospitality Management Kristina Hendrick, Sophomore, Hospitality Management Josefine Hippi, Sophomore, Economics Zeineb Khalfallah, Junior, Management Janelle Nguyen, Sophomore, Hospitality Management Lina Rathsack, Sophomore, Biological Sciences Stephanie Samudro, Freshman, Hospitality Management Natalie Sanchez, Senior, Accounting Michele Serra, Junior, Kinesiological Sciences Taylor Shillingburg, Sophomore, Photography Gozde Tekin, Sophomore, International Business & Economics Tessa Thull, Freshman, Kinesiological Sciences Michelle Troup, Junior, Finance Jessica Wong, Junior, Biological Sciences Kelsey Wuoti, Sophomore, Biological Sciences

Women's Track & Field (17) Drea Austin, Freshman, Journalism & Media Studies Erin Bowers, Sophomore, Hospitality Management Micayla Coquia, Sophomore, Hospitality Management Summer Crawley, Sophomore, Journalism & Media Studies Kyra Day, Junior, Health Care Administration Lindy Eskin, Freshman, Communication Studies Jordan Hardy, Senior, Hospitality Management MacKenna Howard, Freshman, Biological Sciences Madison Johonnot, Sophomore, Elementary Education Miranda Menzies, Junior, History Cortney Miller, Junior, Kinesiological Studies Janeek Mollique, Sophomore, English Iris Munguia, Junior, Interdisciplinary Studies Jordan Smith, Junior, Psychology Juliet Summers-Hernandez, Senior, Latin American Studies Kylee Vandenberg, Sophomore, Kinesiological Sciences Angela Ziff, Freshman, Undeclared

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