BYU student-athletes awarded WCC honors

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The BYU women’s soccer team had an incredible season last year, but now they’re celebrating their achievements off the field. Ten women’s soccer student-athletes were recently recognized by the West Coast Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the 2012–2013 school year. The WCC presents this award to those who have successfully balanced academic and athletic success.

Jaiden Thornock controls the ball in this 2012 game against UVU. Thornock is one of 10 women's soccer student-athletes who've received WCC honors.
Jaiden Thornock controls the ball in this 2012 game against UVU. Thornock is one of 10 women’s soccer student-athletes who’ve received WCC honors.

“In order to stay on top of school you have to set your priorities. I try to get all my schoolwork done before traveling,” midfielder Rachel Manning said.

“I try to be always be ahead of assignments and projects before traveling. So, instead of falling behind I’m just caught up,” midfielder Marissa Nimmer said.

Sarah Chambers was the only Cougar to earn the gold honors while Annie Amos, Paige Hunt and Erica Owens all earned silver honors. Six players earned the bronze honor: Angelica Dickson-Adams, Rachel Manning, Michele Murphy, Marissa Nimmer, Kyleigh Royall and Jaiden Thornock. Of this group, Annie Amos, Erica Owens, Rachel Manning and Jaiden Thornock made the WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the second consecutive year.

“We just have to balance our schedules. Sometimes we don’t get to do everything on the weekends. We have to use our time wisely so when we come to soccer we can focus purely on that,” forward Michele Murphy said.

The WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipients are grouped into three different categories based on their overall GPA on a four-point scale, an average of 12 graded credit hours per term and earned a varsity letter in a sport. Gold honors are awarded to student-athletes who’ve earned a GPA of 3.75 or higher. Silver honors are awarded to those with a GPA between 3.5 and 3.74 and bronze honors are awarded for obtaining a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49.

Over 1,000 WCC student-athletes earned honors on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll for possessing a 3.0-4.0 GPA during the 2012–2013 school year, many of which were Cougars.

Eight women’s cross country athletes also made the cut. Michaelanne Laurent, Ashleigh Warner and Laura Young all received the silver honors, while bronze honors were awarded to Sarah Darby, Andrea Harrison, Lindsey Nielson, Rachel Ann Stewart and Kathryn Elizabeth Vidmar.

Fifteen male cross country runners made the honor. Four Cougars earned the gold honor: Daniel Carney, Steve Flint, Erik Harris and Jared Rohatinsky. The silver honor was rewarded to Thomas Gruenewald, Connor Peloquin and James Tracy. Seven Cougars were awarded the bronze award: Jared Ward, Curtis Carr, Taylor Farnsworth, Spencer Gardner, Brian Palmer, Rex Shields, Tylor Thatcher and Jason Witt.

The BYU men’s tennis team had two recipients, as Travis Fillmore received silver honors and Francis Sargeant collected the bronze honor.

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