Jonesboro native Katie Stripling earns academic award

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (SEC) – The Southeastern Conference had 15 of its student-athletes earn first-team ESPN The Magazine / CoSIDA Academic All-America status in 2009-10, more than any other Division I conference in the nation.

The Big 12 had 14 while the Big Ten and Pac-10 had 13 student-athletes each earn the honor.

The SEC had 36 total student-athletes earn either first, second or third team mention. That total is second overall to the Big 12 Conference, which had 39. The Big Ten was third with 34 total student-athletes earned first, second or third team mention.

The SEC had three of its student-athletes earn the Academic All-America of the Year award in their specific sports – more than any other conference. Mississippi State softball player Chelsea Bramlett, Florida football player Tim Tebow and Tennessee track & field athlete Phoebe Wright earned Academic All-America of the Year in their sports.

To be eligible for ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Voting for the teams is done by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

The SEC's academic success of its student-athletes in 2009-10 was not just Academic All-Americans. The league honored 2,424 of its own student-athletes who made the SEC Academic Honor Roll. The league also honored Auburn swimmer Jordan Anderson and Tennessee track & field athlete Phoebe Wright with its McWhorter Scholar-Athletes of the Year as well as naming a scholar-athlete of the year in each of its sports.

Among honors given by the NCAA, SEC student-athletes also shined. Three student-athletes from the SEC – Florida's Tim Tebow (football), Georgia's Courtney Kupets (gymnastics) and Alabama's Brittany Rogers (softball) were honored this past year with the Today's Top VIII Award from the NCAA. Since 2004, the SEC has had 10 student-athletes awarded this honor, more than any other conference in the country.

The SEC also had 13 student-athletes receive NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships in 2009-10, more than any other conference in the nation.

The SEC academic honorees for 2009-10 are listed below:

SEC 1st Team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (15)

Sport Name School Year Hometown GPA Major

M. Swimming Jordan Anderson Auburn Sr. Roanoke, Va. 3.92 Biomedical Sciences

W. Track & Field Jackie Areson Tennessee Sr. Delray Beach, Fla. 3.62 Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Softball Jessica Bachkora Arkansas Sr. Overland Park, Kan. 3.94 Kinesiology-Biomechanics

W. Basketball Angie Bjorklund Tennessee Jr. Spokane Valley, Wash. 3.80 Psychology

Softball *Chelsea Bramlett Mississippi State Sr. Cordova, Tenn. 3.64 Physical Education

W. Swimming Lisa Caprioglio Georgia Sr. Highlands Ranch, Colo. 4.00 International Business / Marketing

W. Soccer Blakely Mattern South Carolina Sr. Simpsonville, S.C. 3.85 Business Admin/Int. Bus.

M. Track & Field Lee Ellis Moore Ole Miss Jr. Cordova, Tenn. 4.00 Biological Science

Softball Charlotte Morgan Alabama Sr. Moreno Valley, Calif. 3.75 Criminal Justice

Football Colin Peek Alabama Sr. Ponte Vedra Beach,Fla. 3.79 Finance

Gymnastics Kassi Price Alabama Sr. Plantation, Fla. 4.00 Marketing & Advertising

W. Track & Field Katie Stripling Arkansas Sr. Jonesboro, Ark. 3.95 Kinesiology

Gymnastics Grace Taylor Georgia Sr. Aiken, S.C. 3.97 Health Promotion

Football *Tim Tebow Florida Sr. Jacksonville, Fla. 3.66 Family, youth & community sciences

W. Track & Field *Phoebe Wright Tennessee Sr. Signal Mountain, Tenn. 3.96 Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology

* - ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year in specific sport

SEC 2nd Team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (8)

Sport Name School Year Hometown GPA Major

Softball Kelsey Bruder Florida Jr. Corona, Calif. 3.70 Heath Studies

Volleyball Sarah Cline South Carolina Sr. Rock Hill, S.C. 4.00 Exercise Science

W. Track & Field Evelien Dekkers Florida Sr. Etten-Leur, Netherlands 3.84 Food Science & Human Nutrition

M. Track & Field Elliott Haynie South Carolina Sr. Atlanta, Ga. 3.56 Management

Softball Tiffany Huff Tennessee Sr. Saugus, Cal. 3.78 Special Education

Football Barrett Jones Alabama So. Memphis, Tenn. 4.00 Management

Men's Soccer Jimmy Maurer South Carolina Jr. Lawrenceville, Ga. 3.90 Finance

Gymnastics Rebekah Zaiser Florida Sr. Mars, Pa. 3.97 Biology / Pre-Professional

SEC 3rd Team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (13)

Sport Name School Year Hometown GPA Major

Men's Soccer Sam Arthur South Carolina Jr. Roswell, Ga. 3.78 Business

Softball Stephanie Brombacher Florida Jr. Pembroke Pines, Fla. 3.53 Health Studies

M. Track & Field Nathaniel Corder Alabama So. Pickerington, Ohio 4.00 Mathematics

Baseball Zack Cox Arkansas So. Louisville, Ky. 3.34 Communications

W. Swimming Teresa Crippen Florida So. Conshohocken, Pa. 3.71 Economics

M. Track & Field John Egan Georgia Sr. Atlanta, Ga. 3.88 Journalism & Education

Baseball Greg Houston Mississippi State Sr. Hoover, Ala. 3.96 Mechanical Engineering

W. Swimming Elizabeth Hughes Alabama Sr. Maryville, Tenn. 3.99 Psychology

M. Track & Field Jager Livingston Auburn Sr. Scottsboro, Ala. 3.82 Chemical Engineering

M. Tennis Saketh Myneni Alabama Sr. Andhra Pradesh, India 3.79 Finance and Economics

W. Tennis Catherine Newman Vanderbilt Sr. Greensboro, N.C. 3.89 Civil Engineering

Volleyball Sarah Rumely Kentucky Sr. New Palestine, Ind. 3.63 Kinesiology/Exercise Science

Baseball Russ Sneed Mississippi State Gr. Senatobia, Miss. 3.52 Master of Bus. Administration


Football Tim Tebow Florida Recipient – William V. Campbell Trophy (given by National Football Foundation to nation's top football scholar-athlete)

W. Track & Field Evelien Dekkers Florida Recipient - 2010 Outdoor Women's Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association

W. Track & Field Phoebe Wright Tennessee Recipient – 2010 Indoor Women's Track Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross

Country Coaches Association

NCAA Postgraduate Recipients

(These scholarships are awarded by the NCAA to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.)

Lisa Caprioglio, Women's Swimming & Diving, Georgia

Thomas Davis, Men's Cross Country, Vanderbilt

Lauren Degirolamo, Volleyball, LSU

Saketh Myneni, Men's Tennis, Alabama

Evelien Dekkers, Women's Track & Field, Florida

Lillian Hammond, Softball, Tennessee

Tiffany Huff, Softball, Tennessee

Hunter Lainhart, Men's Swimming & Diving, Georgia

Kassi Price, Gymnastics, Alabama

Katelyn Rodrigue, Women's Track & Field, LSU

Joey Sorrentino, Football, Florida

Grace Taylor, Gymnastics, Georgia

Phoebe Wright, Women's Track & Field, Tennessee

NCAA Today's Top VIII

(The Top VIII is awarded by the NCAA to eight outstanding senior student-athletes each year.)

Courtney Kupets, Gymnastics, Georgia

Brittany Rogers, Softball, Alabama

Tim Tebow, Football, Florida

NCAA Elite 88 Recipients

(The Elite 88 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 88 championships.)

Brooke Pancake, Women's Golf, Alabama

Kassi Price, Gymnastics, Alabama

2,424 SEC student-athletes named to SEC Academic Honor Roll (2009-10) Each student-athlete must 1) have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution; 2) be on scholarship or a letter winner; 3) have completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial credit at the nominating institution; and 4) have been a member of the varsity team for the sport's entire NCAA Championship segment.

McWhorter SEC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Recipient – Jordan Anderson, Swimming, Auburn. The 11 other male recipients are: Saketh Myneni, Tennis, Alabama; Thomas Hauskey, Baseball, Arkansas; Joey Sorrentino, Football, Florida; Hunter Lainhart, Swimming & Diving, Georgia; Eric McGinnis; Swimming & Diving, Kentucky; Lyle Hitt, Football, LSU; Andy Hartmann, Football, Ole Miss; Tyson Lee, Football, Mississippi State; Patrick Rada, Golf, South Carolina; Matt Maloney, Track & Field, Tennessee; Thomas Davis, Cross Country, Vanderbilt.

McWhorter SEC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Recipient – Phoebe Wright, Track & Field, Tennessee. The 11 other female recipients are: Kassi Price, Gymnastics, Alabama; Katie Stripling, Track & Field, Arkansas; Melissa Marik, Swimming & Diving, Auburn; Rebekah Zaiser, Gymnastics, Florida; Grace Taylor, Gymnastics, Georgia; Sarah Rumley, Volleyball, Kentucky; Lauren DiGirolamo, Volleyball, LSU; Danielle Johnson, Soccer, Ole Miss; Chelsea Bramlett, Softball, Mississippi State; Blakely Mattern, Soccer, South Carolina; Catherine Newman, Tennis, Vanderbilt.

SEC Sport-by-Sport Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Baseball – Cory Luckie, Auburn

Men's Basketball – Ray Shipman, Florida

Women's Basketball – Angie Bjorklund, Tennessee

Football – Tim Tebow, Florida

Men's Golf - Bank Vongvanij, Florida

Women's Golf – Brooke Pancake, Alabama

Gymnastics – Krissy Voss, Auburn

W. Soccer – Blakely Mattern, South Carolina

Softball – Jessica Bashkora, Arkansas

Men's Swimming & Diving – (Co-Recipients) Jordan Anderson, Auburn; Geoff Sanders, Tennessee

Women's Swimming & Diving – Lisa Caprioglio, Georgia

Men's Tennis – Saketh Myneni, Alabama

Women's Tennis – Catherine Newman, Vanderbilt

Men's Track & Field – Matt Maloney, Tennessee

Women's Track & Field – Phoebe Wright, Tennessee

Volleyball – Sarah Cline, South Carolina