Six Mustangs Earn Academic All-America Accolades, 13 Named to Honor Roll: Fourteen members of the SMU equestrian team earned National Collegiate Equestrian Association academic honors, the NCEA announced. Six riders earned spots on the Beval Saddlery Academic All-America team, while 13 were named to the La Hacienda Academic Honor Roll. Schaefer Raposa, Sylvia de Toledo and Keagan Snively achieved first-team status, which is awarded to student-athletes who competed in a minimum of 70 percent of meets during the 2015-16 season, and earned a cumulative 3.5 GPA. de Toledo achieved a team-high 3.97 GPA, Raposa boasted a 3.70 and Snively maintained a 3.54.
Three Mustangs Qualify for Rio Olympic Games: Nina Rangelova ’15 (Bulgaria), Rachel Nicol ’16 (Canada) and Matea Samardzic (Croatia) are headed to Brazil for the 2016 Olympic Games. Qualification rounds are ongoing but these three have already reached Olympic Qualifying Time standards in at least one event. Rangelova, current volunteer assistant coach, will be making her third appearance at an Olympics game. Nicol will be participating in her first. Samardzic who is set to join SMU for the 2016-2017 year will also be competing for the first time. Swimming action runs from Aug. 6-13 so be sure to support our Mustangs!
Acker Receives Presidential Award of Excellence: Avery Acker, a senior volleyball player, received the Presidential Award of Excellence: Scholar/Athlete Award at the Hilltop Excellence Awards. Acker was also named 2015-16 American Athletic Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year earlier this semester. Acker will attend medical school in the fall.
Mustangs Selected For NCAA Women’s Golf Bryan Regional: The SMU women’s golf team has been selected as one of 18 teams to compete at the NCAA Women’s Golf Regional held in Bryan, Texas, at Traditions Club May 5-7. SMU is the No.9 seed for the event. The Mustangs are seeking their first NCAA Championship appearance since 1992. The top six teams from each Regional will earn a championship berth, as well as the top three individuals from non-qualifying teams.
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams each won their 5th consecutive Conference USA title at the University of Houston Feb. 27, 2010. For both teams it marked a 14th straight conference title, includling 9 Western Athletic Conference titles before joining C-USA in 2005.
The men totaled 871 points to beat second-place Hawaii by 38 points (833). The women scored 707 points to dominate second-place East Carolina by 96 (611). The Mustangs also made a clean sweep of the relays, winning all six on both the men’s and women’s sides. The teams compete next at the 2010 USA Swimming Austin Grand Prix March 4-6. Read more.
Senior post Alice Severin (right) has been named to the 2010 Conference USA All-Academic Team in women’s basketball, announced by the conference March 4. She holds a 3.71 G.P.A. in psychology and biology, the third-highest average of all players nominated. Severin is third in the conference, shooting 52.5-percent from the field, and ranks 4th in the league with 35 blocks. She is averaging 6.3 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per contest this season. The team plays in the second round of the 2010 GMC Sierra C-USA Championship March 9 in Tulsa. Read more.
The SMU Athletic Department, in conjunction with the SMU Lettermen’s Association, has announced the newest class of its Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2010 inductees are:
- Kajsa Bergqvist (’99), world champion, indoor world record holder, and 2000 Olympic bronze medalist in the high jump.
- Raymond Berry (’55), Pro Football Hall of Fame player who coached the New England Patriots to an AFC Championship and Super Bowl XX.
- Michael Carter (’84), national high-school record holder in the 12-pound shot put and the only athlete in history to win an Olympic podium and a Super Bowl ring in the same year (1984), as silver medalist in the shot put and nose tackle for the NFL champion San Francisco 49ers.
- Jerry Heidenreich (’72) a 23-time All-America swimmer and winner of two gold medals, one silver and one bronze at the 1972 Olympics.
- Jon Koncak (’85), a 12-year NBA veteran who led the Mustang basketball team to two NCAA Tournaments and was a member of the gold medal-winning 1984 U.S. Olympic team.
The five will be honored at a dinner ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. May 7 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Buy tickets online or call 214-768-4575. Read more.