In addition to on-the-field excellence, collegiate athletes are expected to strive for outstanding performance in the classroom — given that most will not be making a career out of pursuing their chosen sport.

At Loyola Marymount University, five men and 11 women who participated in intercollegiate athletics during the 2018-2019 academic year were named to All-West Coast Conference teams in their respective sports, six of them for the second or third time. Another 14 men and 31 women earned Honorable Mention honors.

To be considered for an all-academic squad, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average while also being a significant contributor to his or her team. Those from LMU who received All-WCC Academic Team honors (listed with their grade point averages and majors) were:

Men: Brandon Shearer (baseball, third selection), senior, 3.58, Entrepreneurship; Erik Johansson (basketball), junior, 3.49, Psychology; Ethan Prost (tennis), sophomore, 3.97, Finance; Antonio Porreco (soccer), senior, 3.89, Health & Human Sciences; and Koby Pederson (cross country), senior, 3.72, Marketing.

Women: Bree Alford (basketball), graduate, 3.73, Educational Studies; Andee Velasco (basketball, second selection), senior, 3.51, Entrepreneurship; Siohban Anderson (tennis, second selection), junior, 3.73, Finance; Molly Grumbo (softball), sophomore, 3.47, Finance; Delanie Wisz (softball), sophomore, 3.32, Psychology; Anna Davis (rowing, second selection), junior, 3.85, Psychology, Ma’at Hembrick (rowing), senior, 3.86, Health & Human Sciences; Emma Tyrnauer (soccer, second selection), senior, 3.89, Biology; Shelby Cormie (soccer), senior, 3.72, Communication Studies; Emma Johnson (volleyball, second selection), junior, 3.84, Psychology; and Jessie Prichard (beach volleyball), junior, 3.89, Communication Studies.

Honorable Mention honors were earned by the following Lion student-athletes:

Men: Giuseppe Benedetti and Ryan Ruley (baseball); Cameron Meeks and Samuel Su (golf); Max Kaiser (tennis); Francisco Avoce, Ryan Bishop, Nick Dauchot, Brandon Sanchez and Leo Zulli (soccer); and Benjamin Davis, Kyle Friedler, Jack Polerecky, Joseph Rodgers and Matthew Stein (cross country).

Women: Cierra Belvin, Josie Buckingham and Bianca Velasco (basketball); Yesica De Lucas and Camila Tumosa (tennis); Hannah Bandimere (softball); Jessica Apodaca, Audrey Bass, Alexandria Bauer, Samantha Clancy, Lauren Compeau, Shannon Folan, Anne Fountain, Diana Ivanova, India Krappe, Olivia Lancefield, Nicole Marchesi, Flora Ossenfort, Emily Phillips and Julia Pinamont (rowing); Emily Carman, Chloe Colbert, Jackie Fiacco, Samantha Jordan, Kallie Kampfl, Ali King and Melissa Lewis (soccer); Tess Reid, Savannah Slattery, Meredith Teague and Kekai Whitford (volleyball); Megan Nash, Veronica Nederend and Savannah Slattery (beach volleyball); and Rosie Cruz, Elena Garcia, Gaby Guerrero, Ann Kelly, Holly LaPlante, Danielle Rowlinson, Madelyn Vorgitch and Hannah Wohlenberg (cross country)


Mike Nelson is the former editor of The Tidings (predecessor of Angelus News).

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