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GLASSBORO, NJ – Rowan University honored 213 student-athletes at its annual Student-Athlete Day on Friday, March 30.  The presentation was held in Esbjornson Gymnasium.


Rowan recognized these individuals because they have achieved a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.  This year, 93 student-athletes accumulated a GPA of 3.4 or higher and 120 had a GPA between 3.0 and 3.39.


Several teams that earned academic awards throughout the year were recognized.  Among the honorees were men’s and women’s cross country, United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III All-Academic Team; field hockey, Gladiator by SGI/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Collegiate National Academic Team Award; women’s lacrosse, Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Academic Squad; women’s soccer, National Soccer Coaches Association of America Women’s Team Academic Award; softball, National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Academic Team; and women’s swimming and diving, College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team.


The Profs also inducted 21 student-athletes into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society. Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes student-athletes from all divisions who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher throughout their junior and senior years.  The Society emphasizes the values associated with participation in intercollegiate athletics including good citizenship, moral character and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics.


This year’s inductees include: football players Chris Popper (jr. Egg Harbor Twp., NJ/Holy Spirit) and Dan Reed (so. Westmont, NJ/Haddon Twp.), field hockey players Jen Goldberg (jr. Clark, NJ/Arthur L. Johnson), Kaitlin Hill (jr. Robbinsville, NJ/Robbinsville) and Kelsey O’Neill (jr. Marlton, NJ/Cherokee), men’s soccer player Ryan Gordon (jr. Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill W.), softball players Lauren Davis (sr. Ewing, NJ/Ewing), Nicole Escudero (jr. Marlton, NJ/Cherokee), Stephanie Labas (jr. Millville, NJ/Millville) and Samantha Liedtka (jr. Hamilton Square, NJ/Steinert), women’s basketball player Erin Farrell (jr. Marlton, NJ/Cherokee), women’s swimmer Teresa Stearns (jr. Absecon, NJ/Holy Spirit), women’s lacrosse players Ellen Brigham (jr. Oakton, VA/Oakton), Shannon O’Brien (jr. Kendall Park, NJ/South Brunswick) and Caitlin Ravel (jr. Marlton, NJ/Cherokee), women’s track/cross country athlete Joy Hanke (jr. Cranford, NJ/Cranford), women’s field athlete Emily Spieker (jr. Marlton, NJ/Cherokee), men’s track athletes Josh McGriff (jr. Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central Reg.) and Taylor Purdue (jr. Highland Lakes, NJ/Vernon Twp.) and men’s cross country runner Pat Rindt (sr. Aberdeen, NJ/Matawan Reg.).


The student-athletes compete in 18 sports at the NCAA Division III level.