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Total of 53 Aggies honored as Big West All-Academic

July 3, 2018

DAVIS, Calif. - A total of 53 UC Davis student-athletes from 11 sports were named on the Big West Academic All-Conference teams for the winter and spring seasons, the league office announced on Tuesday.

To earn Big West All-Academic honors, student-athletes must hold a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, complete one full year at the member institution prior to the year for which the award is bestowed, and compete in at least 50 percent of their team’s contests for that year.

Morgan Bertsch had the unusual distinction of earning two of the Aggies’ 53 awards, garnering the honor as a post for the basketball team and as a high jumper for the track & field squad. This raises her career total to six such honors. Overall, she was one of eight members of the women’s basketball team to make the All-Academic rolls. Seniors Pele Gianotti, Dani Nafekh and Rachel Nagel each garnered their third award. Senior Marly Anderson and juniors Karley Eaton and Kourtney Eaton are each second-time honorees. 

From UC Davis men’s basketball, juniors Joe Mooney and Rogers Printup each made their first appearances on the conference honor roll.

Among the 43 spring-sport honorees, 17 came from women’s track & field. Bertsch is a third-time honoree in the sport, as is heptathlete Emma Redick. Senior Cheyenne Chen, junior Stasia Kubicki and junior Megan MacGregor each picked up their second awards, with MacGregor having received two fall All-Academic mentions in cross country. Spring honorees Haley Adel, Sarah Anderson, Julia Lemak and Lauren Powers also previously made the Big West honor roll in cross country back in January.

Aggie men’s track & field had five members on the All-Academic squad, including third-time honoree Bernhardt Fourie. Decathletes Drake Foote and Tommy Grossman each garnered their second plaudits. Senior Anthony Sanchez completed the double of making the conference honor roll for both cross country and track during the 2017-18 school year.

From the two diamonds, UC Davis softball had four total honorees while baseball had three. Seniors Matt Blais and Brad Pluschkell are third-time winners while junior Blake Hannah made the rolls for a second time. All four softball players are first-time honorees.

Women’s water polo saw six Aggies on the scholar-athlete roster, including third-time honorees Jill Bushman and Greta Kohlmoos. Juniors McKenna Hauss and Annie Kutt each earned their second All-Academic awards, with sophomores Abbey Pfefferlen and Chloe Robinson both snaring their first.

The two Aggie tennis teams produced seven names on the honor roll: four from the women’s team and three from the men’s. Seniors Tommy Lam and Kristy Jorgensen are each three-time winners, while junior Isabella von Ebbe repeated from her 2016-17 award.

Seniors Ryan Han and Brandon Baumgarten are both second-time honorees from men’s golf, while the sophomore trio of Christine Danielsson, Yoonhee Kim and Rei Nakatani each capturing their first such awards. Nakatani was also among the UC Davis players named to the WGCA All-American Scholar list on Tuesday.

In all, more than 500 total student-athletes from the nine member institutions earned Big West Conference All-Academic: 50 from the two winter sports, 456 from the 11 spring sports.

UC Davis honorees only. Year listed is academic year, not athletic eligibility.

Joe Mooney (Jr., Economics)
Rogers Printup (Jr., Communication)

Marly Anderson (Sr., Design)
Morgan Bertsch (Sr., Biomedical Engineering)
Karley Eaton (Jr., Psychology)
Kourtney Eaton (Jr., Psychology)
Pele Gianotti (Sr., Political Science)
Dani Nafekh (Sr., Managerial Economics)
Rachel Nagel (Sr., Psychology)
Sophia Song (So., Sociology)

Matt Blais (Sr., Managerial Economics)
Blake Hannah (Jr., Aerospace Science & Engineering)
Brad Pluschkell (Sr., Mechanical Engineering)

Meghan Bradbury (Jr., Human Development)
Caroline Figueroa (Jr., Managerial Economics)
Marissa Jauregui (So., International Relations)
Ashley Lotoszynski (Sr., Agriculture & Environmental Education)

Brandon Baumgarten (Sr., Managerial Economics)
Ryan Han (Sr., Aerospace Engineering)

Christine Danielsson (So., Managerial Economics)
Yoonhee Kim (So., Sociology)
Rei Nakatani (So., Psychology)

David Goulak (So., Mechanical Engineering)
Mitchell Iwahiro (So., Community & Regional Development)
Tommy Lam (Sr., Economics)

Kelsie Bryant (Jr., Clinical Nutrition)
Lani-Rae Green (Sr., Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology)
Kristy Jorgensen (Sr., Materials Science & Engineering)
Isabella von Ebbe (Jr., Mathematics)

Drake Foote (Sr., Physics)
Bernhardt Fourie (Sr., International Relations)
Thomas Grossman (Jr., Wildlife, Fish & Conservation Biology)
Zachary Katzman (So., Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior)
Anthony Sanchez (Sr., Psychology)

Haley Adel (So., Clinical Nutrition)
Baileigh Akins (So., Human Development)
Sarah Anderson (So., Animal Science)
Erinn Beattie (Jr., Human Development)
Bianca Becker (So., Biological Sciences)
Morgan Bertsch (Sr., Biomedical Engineering)
Angie Carreras (Jr., Environmental Science & Management)
Cheyenne Chen (Sr., Animal Science)
Kierra Davis (So., Sociology)
Malia Helms (So., Biological Systems Engineering)
Shelby Hightower (Jr., English)
Stasia Kubicki (Jr., Mechanical Engineering)
Julia Lemak (So., Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior)
Megan MacGregor (Jr., Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior)
Lauren Powers (So., Biomedical Engineering)
Emma Redick (Sr., International Relations)
Mandy Wainfan (So., Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior)

Jill Bushman (Sr., International Relations)
McKenna Hauss (Jr., Statistics)
Greta Kohlmoos (Sr., Cinema & Digital Media)
Annie Kutt (Jr., Chemistry)
Abbey Pfefferlen (So., Biological Sciences)
Chloe Robinson (So., Human Development)

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