July 25, 2013

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – A total of 116 University of Tennessee at Martin student-athletes earned a spot on the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, while 17 of those brought home an OVC Medal of Honor for their perfect 4.0 Grade Point Average, the league announced this afternoon.

The UT Martin women’s cross country squad was also recognized as an OVC Team Academic Achievement recipient, sharing the award with Belmont. Coached by Gordon Sanders, the Skyhawk women’s team placed eight runners on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll (at least a 3.25 GPA), which makes up 81.8 percent of the roster.

Overall, 209 OVC student-athletes earned a Medal of Honor while 1,224 student-athletes were named to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Both of those numbers are new OVC records, breaking the previous records of 178 for Medal of Honor (set in 2011-12) and 1,063 for Commissioner’s Honor Roll (also set in 2011-12).

The Skyhawk rifle team (one), softball team (three) and women’s tennis team (five) boasted the most Medal of Honor winners out of any team in the OVC. Meanwhile, UT Martin’s football team (23), rifle team (seven), softball team (16), women’s tennis team (seven) and volleyball team (10) produced the highest amount of Commissioner Honor Roll recipients in their respective sports.

Individually, Johanie Van Zyl and Anna Winkelmann of the Skyhawk tennis team were awarded a Medal of Honor for the fourth time in their careers. Softball’s Leah Taylor and volleyball’s Kasey Elswick each received a Medal of Honor for the third time, while Dominika Conc (soccer), Jessica Silva (women’s tennis), Katie McCall (women’s tennis) and Ivon Simic (women’s tennis) each earned their second career Medal of Honor.

UT Martin’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipients are as follows (bold italics indicates a Medal of Honor winner, asterisks indicate each year the student-athlete has made the Commissioner’s Honor Roll):

Baseball (14): Isaac Armstrong, Taylor Cox**, Drew Erie, Jacob Gansert, Stu Jones, Trevor Lundgrin**, Hagen Nelson***, Dalton Potts**, Chris Ross, Carter Smith**, Phil Sorensen***, Jordan Stokes***, Dan Tobik***, Nico Zych

Men’s Basketball (2): Terence Smith***, Khristian Taylor

Women’s Basketball (6): Heather Butler***, Chelsey Hall, Jasmine Newsome, Katie Schubert, Barianne Taylor, Megan White***

Men’s Cross Country (5): Mark Graubner, Justin Morgan, Ryan Pett, Vance Pounders***, Tallon Scott**

Women’s Cross Country (8): Abby Frantom, Samantha Hunt, Emily Jones****, Grace Lucas**, Alexandra Stover, Amanda Wardlaw**, Laura Wind****, Hannah Wolters***

Football (23): Derek Carr**, Marquis Clemons, Dylan Davis, Tyler Eady**, Bobby Ellis**, Fred Flenorl, Trent Garland, Ben Johnson**, Tyler Kilburn, Nick Michaels, Matt Murphy, Ethan Myers**, Darrin Nalls**, Jarod Neal**, Tyler Rice, Jackson Roberts**, James Satterfield, Clay Sheley, Jordan Stokes***, Juwan Turner**, Dean Wathen***, Jeremiah Wilkins, Thad Williams

Men’s Golf (3): Tyler Guy, Clay Harbin**, Ben Reeves

Rifle (7): Jamie Arnett***, Joe Barefoot**, Jessica Cobb**, Jordan Jensen**, Nikki Kroll, Dana Maurizio**, Sean O’Brien

Women’s Soccer (7): Dominika Conc**, Alyssa Curtis**, Jessica Johnson, Amy Maksimowicz**, Hannah McGowen***, Lucy Pater**, Kendyl Wilson

Softball (16): Jessie Britt, Kelsey Dixon, Lindsey Feigl**, Autumn Glenn, Morgan Lewis**, Samantha McClure, Stephanie Nidiffer, Katie Reiff, Rachel Scrum, Lauren Smith, Kenzi Tate**, Leah Taylor***, Casey Vincent, Kayla Wade**, Becca Williams**, Deven Wilson

Women’s Tennis (7): Anna Marie Herbold**, Alice Laing****, Katie McCall***, Jessica Silva**, Ivon Simic***, Johanie Van Zyl****, Anna Winkelmann****

Volleyball (10): Krista Beyer**, Chelsea Bowles, Amanda Crask, Brandy Dennis**, Kasey Elswick****, Jackie Harter**, Emily Keaton, Lucy Martin, Taylor Simons**, Allie Whimpey**

Equestrian (8): Ali Barros, Kara Bergenty****, Emily Candelmo, Amy Guenther**, Kaylan Herbst, Sydney LaFreniere, Sarah Martin**, Sarah Sutton**