IRVING, Texas – Five Cowboys and three Sooners were honored for their work in the classroom with the announcement of the league’s Academic All-Big 12 Team on Tuesday.
Four Cowboys were named first-team selections with senior Zachary Olsen leading the way. The finance major, who was named the school’s Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Monday, was joined on the first team by junior finance major Sam Stevens, junior management major Kristoffer Ventura and sophomore finance major Hayden Wood.
Sophomore Zach Bauchou, an entrepreneurship major, was one of five student-athletes named to the league’s second team.
First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second-team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshman and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except participation are also eligible.
Six Oklahoma women’s golfers earned a spot on the 34-member Academic All-Big 12 First Team, the conference announced Tuesday. The Sooners’ six spots tied for the most selections in the conference with TCU.
The honor marked the second first-team selection of her career for Valerie Tanguay, a junior management major. Classmate Hannah Wood, a human relations major who was named to the second team a season ago, earned first-time accolades this year.
Seniors Haley Hill (Health & Exercise Science) and Maggie Neece (Communication), junior Rylee Pedigo (Communication) and sophomore Julienne Soo (Business) all earned first-team honors for the first time this season.
“I’m very proud of the hard work our student-athletes are putting into their work in the classroom,” OU head coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell said. “As a coach, I always put an emphasis on academics. These girls came to school to get an education, and they are true examples of being students first and athletes second.”
To qualify for the Academic All-Big 12 Team, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher, either cumulatively or over the two previous semesters, and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible. First-team members have maintained a 3.20 GPA or higher, while second-team members have earned a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
The Sooners return to the course this Friday-Sunday (April 21-23) in San Antonio, Texas, when they will compete in the 2017 Big 12 Championship at the Dominion Country Club.
A school-record five Oklahoma State women’s golfers were named to the 2017 Academic All-Big 12 First Team, the league announced on Tuesday.
Cowgirls Chih-Min Chen, Linnea Johansson, McCandren Mack, Kenzie Neisen and Alexis Sadeghy all earned first-team honors for maintaining a 3.20 or better GPA.
It is Johansson’s third straight first-team selection, which makes her just the seventh Cowgirl to earn at least three First-Team Academic All-Big 12 nods. Emma Zackrisson (1999-02) is the only Cowgirl to be named first team on four occasions.
Neisen, the two-time defending Big 12 Conference individual champion, is now a two-time first-team academic selection, while Chen, Mack and Sadeghy all earned their first selection.
In total, 77 student-athletes were honored on the 2017 Academic All-Big 12 Golf Teams across the league.
The teams are comprised of 41 men’s golf honorees (36 first team and five second team), along with 36 women’s golf selections (34 first team and two second team) for a total of 70 combined first team honorees. The 77 combined honorees are the most on the
Academic All-Big 12 Golf Team since 2011 where the team features 85 student-athletes.
The Cowgirls will begin their quest for a 10th Big 12 Championship on Friday at The Dominion Country Club in San Antonio, Texas.