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RIO GRANDE VALLEY –The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on Thursday that a record 218 student-athletes are part of the Spring Athletic Director’s Honor Roll by achieving a grade point average of at least 3.0 while serving as full-time students as part of a team during the spring semester.

A record 68 student-athletes earned a perfect GPA of 4.0. 

Additionally, a record 147 student-athletes recorded a GPA of at least 3.50 to earn Dean’s List recognition.

“This was one of the most disruptive semesters we have ever seen, but our student-athletes were a beacon of light,” UTRGV Vice President and Director of Athletics Chasse Conque said. “Our young people put in a tremendous amount of work, and I couldn’t be more proud of what they accomplished.”

By percentage, a record 89.34 percent of student-athletes earned a spot on the AD Honor Roll; a record 60.74 percent earned Dean’s List recognition; and a record 28.1 percent recorded a 4.0 GPA.

As a whole, the department’s spring GPA – encompassing 242 student-athletes – was 3.48. This is believed to be the highest single-semester GPA in department history. The departmental cumulative GPA now stands at 3.38.

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All 16 sport programs recorded team GPA’s above 3.0. 

Women’s tennis recorded a department-best 3.84 GPA. Volleyball was close behind with 3.80.

The men’s soccer team recorded the highest GPA among men’s teams at 3.66.

Women’s track & field had the most student-athletes named to the AD Honor Roll with 34, while men’s track & field was right behind at 32.

Five teams had 100 percent of their student-athletes earn a spot on the AD Honor Roll, including both golf teams, men’s soccer, women’s tennis and volleyball.

The track & field teams had the most student-athletes named to the Dean’s List, with 23 from each team. A department-best 92.31 percent (12-of-13) of volleyball student-athletes earned Dean’s List recognition.

Women’s tennis was one away from 100 percent, with six of seven (85.71 percent) student-athletes earning the honor. Men’s soccer led men’s teams with 77.78 percent (21-of-27).

The women’s soccer team had the most 4.0 GPA’s with 11, accounting for half of the squad. Men’s track & field was right behind with 10. Women’s tennis had a department-high 57.14 percent (4-of-7) of its student-athletes earn prefect GPA’s. Men’s soccer led men’s teams with 29.63 percent (8-of-27).

Conque also commended UTRGV’s coaches and the Victory Center staff of dedicated academic advisors.

“Our team worked day and night to make sure our student-athletes, who are currently spread out in different time zones across the globe, had everything they needed to succeed,” Conque said.

A complete list of student-athletes who made the AD Honor Roll can be found below:

Spring AD Honor Roll Recipients:

Baseball 
Team GPA – 3.45AD Honor Roll Recipients – 30 (85.71%)Dean’s List Honorees – 19 (55.88%) 
4.0 GPA’s – 8 (23.53%) 
Jesus Aldaz 
Elijah Alexander 
Ramsey Amador 
Ricky Arevalo 
Andy Atwood 
Max Balderrama Jr. 
Chase Bridges 
Colten Davis 
Cannon Davis 
Conrado Diaz 
Jacob Flores 
Aaron Galvan 
Ricky Gerik Jr. 
Coleman Grubbs 
Trey Guajardo 
Jacob Hirsh 
Brandon Holdren 
Austin King 
Preston King 
Tyler Kisner 
Darian Luper 
Kevin Palm 
Adrian Pena 
Cristian Ramos 
Christian Sepulveda 
Deryk Serbantez 
Landon Staats 
Kevin Stevens 
EJ Taylor 
Drew Zmuda 
 
Men’s Basketball 
Team GPA – 3.10 
AD Honor Roll Recipients – 13 (81.25%) 
Dean’s List Honorees – 5 (31.25%) 
4.0 GPA’s – 2 (12.5%) 
Uche Dibiamaka 
Isaiah Fontaine 
Isaiah Garcia 
Jordan Jackson 
Javon Levi 
Rob McClain Jr. 
Nick Mora 
Ricky “Doc” Nelson 
Marek Nelson 
Connor Raines 
Sean Rhea 
Lesley Varner II 
 
Women’s Basketball 
Team GPA – 3.39 
AD Honor Roll Recipients – 16 (94.12%) 
Dean’s List Honorees – 7 (41.18%) 
4.0 GPA’s – 5 (29.41%) 
Iva Belosevic 
Sara Bershers 
Desirea Buerge 
Sydney Cajero 
Mallory Gibson 
Amara Graham 
Payton Hicks 
Megan Johnson 
Halie Jones 
Ashlei Lopez 
Tiffany McGarity 
Mia Paz 
Burcu Soysal 
Valeria Tapia 
Zhane Templeton 
Trelynn Tyler 
 
Men’s Golf 
Team GPA – 3.62 
AD Honor Roll Recipients – 10 (100%) 
Dean’s List Honorees – 7 (70%) 
4.0 GPA’s – 2 (20%) 
Adam Arif Madzri 
Andres Cortez 
Henry Fisher 
Miguel Garza 
Euan Gill 
Tae Itthiratchai 
Rhaasrikanesh Kanavathi 
Tennoshin Ogawa 
Luca Portelli 
Alex Summers 
 
Women’s Golf 
Team GPA – 3.67 
AD Honor Roll Recipients – 8 (100%) 
Dean’s List Honorees – 5 (62.5%) 
4.0 GPA’s – 3 (37.5%) 
Briana Garza 
Samantha Garza 
Vicky Gonzalez 
Tilda Green 
Julie Lucio 
Sophia Tejeda 
Blayke Van Houten 
Rachel Yu 
 
Men’s Soccer 
Team GPA – 3.66 
AD Honor Roll – 27 (100%) 
Dean’s List – 21 (77.78%) 
4.0 GPA’s – 8 (29.63%) 
William Akio 
Nicholas Blake 
Bryce Box 
Jose Cantu 
Jodabeni Dondeli 
Jan Engels 
Michael Faber 
Ethaniel Fierro 
Alex Frank 
Julian Garcia 
Roberto Hernandez 
Angel Lopez 
Karlo Lopez 
Sergio Loredo Jr. 
Damian Magallan Jr. 
Guillermo Martinez 
Isaac Ochoa 
Oliver Padilla 
Juan Rivera 
Arthur Rogers 
Luis Rubio 
Max Schliebener 
Trevor Schneider 
Elyad Shojaei 
Martin Tellez 
Inder Thind 
 
Women’s Soccer 
Team GPA – 3.71 
AD Honor Roll – 20 (90.91%) 
Dean’s List – 15 (68.18%) 
4.0 GPA’s – 11 (50%) 
Diana Ansah 
Melissa Balachorek 
Anna Barkey 
Sarah Bonney 
Delaney Carrell 
Marcy Garza 
Lea Kalmbach 
Shentatious Knox 
Maile Lunardi 
Isabella Marinaro 
Miranda Munoz 
Tina Sophie Nielson 
Kryssie Rivera 
Elina Seppälä 
Gina Steiner 
Katherine Stokely 
Kinga Szemik 
Anna Torslov 
Kaitie Watson 
Jacqueline Zapata 
 
Men’s Tennis 
Team GPA – 3.43 
AD Honor Roll – 8 (80%) 
Dean’s List – 4 (40%) 
4.0 GPA’s – 2 (20%) 
Samuel De Felipe Garcia 
Carlo Izurieta 
Zane Kohrs 
Michael Loyd 
Jason Loyd 
Alberto Mello 
Mateo Schmit 
Te Kani Williams 
  
Women’s Tennis 
Team GPA – 3.84 
AD Honor Roll – 7 (100%) 
Dean’s List – 5 (85.71%) 
4.0 GPA’s – 4 (57.14%) 
Kristyna Mamicova 
Valeria Montero 
Ana Platisa 
Sandra Putz 
Katarina Sasaroga 
Alicia Thal 
Nethmi Waduge 
 
Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country
Track & Field Team GPA – 3.23
Cross Country Team GPA – 3.56
AD Honor Roll – 32 (82.05%)
Dean’s List – 23 (58.97%)
4.0 GPA’s – 10 (25.64%)
Omer Almog 
Mauricio Campos 
Max Carmona 
Abraham Chirchir 
Miguel Escamilla 
Fernando Escobar 
Ricky Espinoza 
Wes Franklin 
Michael Gonzalez 
Ackeem Gordon 
Christian Hall-Gardner 
Yashawn Hamilton 
Mariano Hernandez 
Torry Holmes 
Baffour Kyem 
Anthony Magallon 
Juan Manzano 
Yariel Matute 
Paul May 
Ricardo Mendoza 
Alex Munoz 
Vincent Nguyen 
Diego Perez 
Edward Ramos 
Roel Renteria 
Matthew Salaiz 
Pedro Segura 
Sean Skaugen 
Sergio Tijerina 
Julian Trevino 
Aaron Williams 
Juan Zamora 
 
Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country 
Track & Field Team GPA – 3.47 
Cross Country Team GPA – 3.57 
AD Honor Roll – 34 (85%) 
Dean’s List – 23 (57.5%) 
4.0 GPA’s – 7 (17.5%) 
Kelly Aguinaga 
Eleanor Arndt 
Lauryn Asiedu 
Brittany Cantu 
Idatonye Cheetham-West 
Jazmin Cortez 
Adrianna Cruz 
Charlize De La Garza 
Neftali Estrada 
Natalie Garza 
Amy Gonzalez 
Ashley Janet Gonzalez 
Ciera Gonzalez 
Devon Goodwin 
Alexandrea Hurst 
Kyra Keurentjes 
Dorcas Koech 
Sharon Koima 
Taylar Kregness 
Diamond Lilly 
Natalie Martinez 
Elizabeth Ortiz 
Uxia Pereira 
Dulce Rodriguez 
Anahi Romo 
Esmeralda Ruiz 
Stephanie Sauceda 
Jovanni Solis 
Sierra Spinler 
Jasmyn Tulloch 
Alma Villanueva 
Hailey Wallet 
Juvae Williams 
Tamara Woodley 
 
Volleyball 
Team GPA – 3.80 
AD Honor Roll – 13 (100%) 
Dean’s List – 12 (92.31%) 
4.0 GPA’s – 6 (46.15%) 
Draik Banks 
Samaret Caraballo 
Ioanna Charitonidi 
Sarah Cruz 
Carter Helmcamp 
Veronika Jandova 
Jackie Kingsbury 
Julia Moctezuma 
Pamela Moreira 
Victoire Nama 
Debora Nazario 
Talita Oliveira 
Paulina Ramirez
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