Twenty-eight Long Beach State (LBSU) student-athletes have been recognized for qualifying for the Big West Conference’s (BWC) Academic All-Conference Teams. The lists for both the BWC’s winter and spring sports teams were announced June 29.
To be eligible for Academic All-Conference honors, student-athletes must have completed at least one full season of competition prior to 2012, carry a 3.2 cumulative grade point average, and participate in at least 50 percent of the team's contests.
Softball and women’s track and field had the most players honored for LBSU, each with six. For softball, Emily Gregorio, Taylor Petty, Alisha Rosen, Nalani St. Germain, Brianna Stephan, and Loni Tyler all qualified for selection. The six honorees in softball tied with Pacific for the most among all competing universities, in addition to the 49ers on-field success, which saw the team win the Big West championship.
Women’s track and field also had six honorees with Alisia Barajas, Rebecca Hamilton, Kayla Kamaka, Kristen Kiefer, Alexandrea Kruthers and Aiyana Welsh. From the men’s side, Michael Vaughn was also honored.
Another Big West champion, women’s tennis, had five players honored--Sarah Cantlay, Anais Dallara, Anna Jeczmionka, Julie Luzar and Klaudia Malenovska.
Also with five qualifying was baseball as Kellen Hoime, Matt Johnson, Jeff McNeil, Brennan Metzger and Ryan Strufing represented the Dirtbags on the list.
Kelly Ringel, Coriann Snyder and Nicole Van DerHoof represented women’s water polo for the 49ers, and Monica Villareal also made the all-academic squad from the women’s golf program.
Among the winter sports, senior Tipesa Moorer of women’s basketball represented the 49ers, one of 23 total student-athletes on the winter sports list.
LBSU also had 11 players honored from the fall sports, bringing the total to 39 student-athletes over the 2011-12 academic year. The 49ers also defended its Big West Commissioner’s Cup title, winning for the second season in a row.