Stanford softball sets program record for academic honors


The Stanford softball earned a program-record 11 Pac-12 All-Academic honors, as announced by the conference Friday.

The Cardinal led the Pac-12 in total all-academic awards and led the conference with three first-team recipients.

Stanford players also claimed three second-team awards, and its six first- and second-team honors is the most in the conference for the second straight season.

Stanford surpassed the previous program-high set in 2010 with 10 academic honors.

Lauren Bertoy (biomechanical engineering), Victoria Molina (psychology) and Bessie Noll (mechanical engineering) earned first-team honors, while Kayla Bonstrom (international relations), Kylie Sorenson (psychology) and Lauren Wegner (biology) earned second-team recognition.

Whitney Burks, Arden Pettit, Jessica Plaza (human biology), Kaitlin Schaberg (management science and engineering) and Savannah Schulze were named honorable mention.

Bonstrom and Schaberg claimed the third Pac-12 All-Academic honors of their careers, while Bertoy, Noll and Sorenson earned their second awards.

Stanford continues to earn academic accolades after being the only Pac-12 softball program to earn an NCAA Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Award and register a perfect 1,000 multi-year APR score as announced earlier this season.

The Cardinal earned a program-best nine National Fastpitch Coaches Association honors during the fall. Eight of the nine players who earned NFCA recognition, also claimed Pac-12 All-Academic honors this season.

To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average, completed at least one full academic year and be either a starter or significant contributor, playing in at least 50 percent of the team's games.

Men's rowing

A total of 18 Stanford student-athletes were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic Team, the conference announced on Friday.

The Cardinal had the most representatives of any conference school on the squad.

Leading the Cardinal contingent was senior Landon Alecxih, who was named the 2016 Pac-12 Men's Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year in May.

Alecxih will graduate with a 4.046 cumulative grade-point average in economics. For the second straight year, he owned the highest grade-point average of any men's rower in the conference.

Alecxih rowed in the second varsity eight for most of the season and in the varsity four at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships earlier this month.

Alecxih, an All-Academic selection in each of his two seasons at Stanford, was joined by Ryan Hails (computer science), Erik Holmvik (political science), Wyatt Horan (history), Brendan Larkin (electrical engineering), Nick Obletz (political science), Max Skolds (undeclared), Will Spencer (undeclared), and Carlos Zambrano (undeclared) as first-team all-academic selections.

Cameron Andrews (Undeclared), Amanda Lim (Undeclared), Ryan O'Rourke (mechanical engineering), Andrew Merrilees Paiva (Undeclared), Matthew Park (Undeclared), Ardsley Sanders (earth systems), Karl Wessendorf (chemical engineering), Greg Wolk (science technology & society) and Peter Wood (chemistry) earned second-team all-academic laurels.

Stanford has placed 15 or more on the Pac-12 All-Academic Team in seven of the last eight years.

The Cardinal completed its season at the IRA Championships on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. earlier this month, placing eighth.

Women's rowing

The Pac-12 named 16 members of Stanford's women's rowing program to the conference's all-academic team, it announced Friday.

The 16 all-academic honorees are the second most in the Pac-12, one behind Washington State. Stanford has totaled 57 all-academic selections over the past three years.

The senior quintet of Emily Grundman (international relations), Simone Jacobs (science, technology, society), Ellie Parker (mechanical engineering), Hope Sheils (international relations) and Nathalie Weiss (international relations) earned first-team all-academic honors.

Senior Meredith Fischer (earth systems), junior Jackie Huddle (international relations), and sophomores Alie Rusher (undeclared) and Leigh Warner (undeclared) garnered second-team all-academic laurels.

Juniors Reilly Hayes (mechanical engineering), Filippa Karrfelt (computer science), Karli Kirk (biomechanical engineering) and Ruth Narode (human biology), and sophomore Madi Kist (undeclared), Anya Miller (undeclared) and Tracy Roberts (undeclared) were honorable mention all-academic selections.

Grundman, Parker, Sheils, Weiss and Fischer have received all-academic honors each of the last three years. Jacobs, Hayes, Karrfelt, Kirk and Narode were honored for the second straight year. Rusher, Warner, Kist, Miller, Roberts, and Huddle were each recognized for their academic achievements for the first time.

Stanford completed its season with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships in Gold River, California at the end of May. The Cardinal varsity eight, featuring all-academic honorees Warner, Jacobs, Parker, Narode, Rusher, placed third in its NCAA Grand Final.

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