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Stetson University’s women’s soccer program led all Hatters varsity teams by having 23 members of the 2011 squad earn recognition on the Atlantic Sun Academic honor roll for the 2011-12 year.

Better than 85 percent of the Stetson squad was named to one of the four levels of honor roll by the A-Sun.

Stetson was led by senior Samantha Snyder, who was one of just seven Hatters named to the A-Sun President’s List, which is awarded only to student-athletes who have completed their eligibility with a GPA of 3.8 or better. Only 41 student-athletes from across the conference received this honor.

“It’s an honor to have her make the list,” Hatters coach Julie Orlowski said. “She is every bit of a student and an athlete, and performed well at a strong academic university.”

Three other Hatters received the A-Sun Commissioner’s Scholar recognition. That honor was awarded to just 46 student-athletes from across the league and requires a GPA of between 3.6 and 3.79 upon graduation. Seniors Jennifer Rinaberger, Crossley Simmons and Grace Turner received that honor.

Stetson had five players, in addition to Snyder, Rinaberger and Simmons, who were selected to the Conference Scholar’s List for having a GPA of at least 3.4. That list included a total of 406 student-athletes from around the league, 55 from Stetson. 

Senior Courtney Jenista, junior Kristen Mueller, sophomores Kait Jones and Jennifer Raneri and freshman Grace Sager were all named to the Conference Scholar list.

The Hatters also placed 14 others on the All-Academic team for posting a GPA of at least 3.0.

That list includes: seniors Alexis Hermosa, Samantha Jones and Sara Rodriquez, junior Kassandra Hartwick, sophomores Virginia Davis, Sammie Mathews, Laura Seletos and Alyssa Welsh as well as freshmen Paige Butler, Carmen Bernecker, Colleen O’Kennedy, Katie O’Kennedy, Alex Stanojev and Courtney Welch.

“Here at Stetson, we have strong balance of academics and athletics,” Orlowski said. “When student-athletes look at Stetson, they want to be challenged on and off the field. They show their priorities to academics with their excellence in classroom.”

Overall, the A-Sun recognized 1,416 student-athletes as All-Academic selections for their work in the classroom by reaching the 3.0 mark. Additionally, 89 percent of the A-Sun's 18 championship teams had at least half of the student-athletes on their rosters earn All-Academic recognition. 

Stetson was one of four league institutions to have had more than 70 percent of its student-athletes recognized for having a grade-point average of at least 3.0. Stetson had 139 of its 197 student-athletes who competed in the Atlantic Sun recognized.

“I applaud all who continue to successfully achieve as student-athletes,” A-Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart said. “To see nearly two-thirds of our student-athletes earn this level of academic distinction means that they certainly are committed to the A-Sun's mission of ‘Building Winners for Life.’

“It is important to recognize that this is a team effort, due to the commitment of the athletic administration, coaches and staff of our member institutions, who daily serve as the catalysts for such impressive development of our young people. Congratulations and thank you again to the institutions and to each student-athlete for providing such an outstanding representation of the Atlantic Sun Conference.”

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