50 Comets Make League’s All-Academic Teams

Fifty UT Dallas student-athletes were honored by the American Southwest Conference when it recently released its Academic All-ASC Teams for the league’s fall sports.

The Comets were well-represented in each of the five fall sports. Women’s cross country (13) and volleyball (9) collected more honorees than any other school in the conference. The remaining three fall sports — men’s cross country (6), men’s soccer (10) and women’s soccer (12) — ranked second among conference schools in their respective sports.

More than 350 student-athletes from the ASC’s 12 member institutions were recognized by the American Southwest Conference. To be eligible for ASC All-Academic honors, student-athletes must be classified academically as a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student during the competition season and have been in attendance and completed at least one academic year (two consecutive semesters) at their institution. They must also have a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average as certified at the conclusion of the academic semester in which the ASC sport championship is held.

Below is a complete list of UT Dallas’ Academic All-ASC selections for the 2014 fall semester.

Ian Brown Ian Brown
Omar Jaroun Omar Jaroun
Jasmine Chipps Jasmine Chipps
Michelle Toro Michelle Toro
Men’s Cross Country

Arvind Adapalli
Steven Baxter
Ian Brown
Clay Howell
Mohammad Nourani
Jacob VanNattan

Women’s Cross Country

Monica Alston
Lisa Bagen
Mallory Bing
Mel Cavage
Catherine Davis
Sam Hartke
Stephanie Kubecka
Aimi Nguyen
Keerthi Reddy
Cory Sagduyu
Ariel Schmid
Austin Schmidt
Chloe Truong

Men's Soccer

Brian Childs
Tyler Cotter
Luke Cotter
Zack Hansen
Omar Jaroun
Sam Konstanty
Michael Matthews
Jordan Rubel
Kevin Whatley
Travis White

Women’s Soccer

Macaire Ament
Carli Beckett
Sarah Borg
Alissa Burch
Eliza Carey
Jasmine Chipps
Nicole Frank
Andrea Guevara
Gisselle Miller
Jeri Mills
Megan Mugavero
Courtney Walton


Meredith Crawford
Holyn Handley
Kayla Jordan
Kelsey Morrison
Samantha Schwenke
Mary Speights
Michelle Toro
Taylour Toso
Bethany Werner

Hartke Named Distinguished Scholar Athlete

The American Southwest Conference has named UT Dallas sophomore Sam Hartke the Distinguished Scholar Athlete for women’s cross country.Hartke, a native of Chigiuk, Alaska, was one of six ASC student-athletes honored as the league announced its Distinguished Scholar Athletes for its fall sports. The biomedical engineering major holds a 3.95 grade-point average.

A two-time all-conference selection, Hartke placed 15th at the 2014 ASC Championship and helped lead UT Dallas to second place in the ASC, its best finish in team history. An Academic All-Conference selection, Hartke competed in six meets last fall and finished 115th at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Meet.The Distinguished Scholar Athlete Teams recognizes student-athletes who achieve a high level of academic achievement (a 3.2 grade-point average or better) while competing as a starter or important reserve on their team. From that list — limited to one nominee per school in each ASC championship sport — the sports information directors from the 12 ASC member institutions select a Distinguished Scholar Athlete in each sport.

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