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Mississippi University for Women’s sports teams once again showed out as true student-athletes for the Fall of 2023, posting a departmental grade point average (GPA) of 3.10 for the term. Additionally, 137 of the 215 individuals – 64 percent – spread over the department’s 17 intercollegiate teams were recognized on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for achieving a term GPA of 3.00 or higher, including three two-sports athletes.

Forty-Seven individuals – 22 percent of all student-athletes for the Owls – had perfect 4.0 term grades last fall, as well.

“I am very pleased and proud of our young people for doing so well in the classroom,” Interim Director of Athletics Buddy Foster said. “There is a reason when we use the term ‘student-athletes’, that ‘student’ comes first. That is why they are here, ultimately; to receive an education and prepare for a future in the real world. This truly mirrors the goals of the NCAA Division III model, to provide the balance between excellence in the classroom and in competition.”

In all, nine of The W’s teams also achieved team GPAs of 3.00 or better last fall. The women’s golf team led the way with a 3.49 GPA and all seven team members made the A.D.’s Honor Roll list. Volleyball was close behind with a team GPA of 3.42. Women’s Soccer ranked third among the programs with a 3.36-term GPA.

Other teams reaching a 3.00-grade point average for the Fall of 2023 included women’s tennis (3.33), men’s golf (3.28), baseball (3.25), softball (3.12), women’s cross country (3.14), and women’s track and field (3.01).

The Owls baseball program had the most individuals honored on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll with a total of 24 players recognized, a total of 71 percent of its 2023-24 roster. Volleyball had 16 honorees and softball had 15.

Individuals recognized are listed below by sport (*indicates two-sport athlete):  

Landon Clark
Zack Egan
Brandon Fenimore
Griffin Fuller
Charles Poag
Alex Telano
Baker Watson
Matthew Windham
Campbell McCluney
Tyler Estabrook
Chase LeBlanc
Josh Mackey
Jake Williams
Connor Reilly
Mason Wise
Austin Telano
Hunter Yeatman
Ryan Etheridge
Avery Benson
Loren Cox
Cole Evans
Joseph Gantt
Ethan LeBlanc
Johnny Setchfield
Josh Dukes
Andrew Shepherd
Tarik Islamovic
Michael Smith Jr.
Brye Hopkins
Cam Smith
Chris Evans
Greyson Sanford
Nathan Reed
Caleb Jennings
Matthew Phillips
Kemit Spears Jr.
Logan Pannell
Luke Yocum
Zach Riley
Mark Furnari
Seth Wallace
Cristian Canas
Billy Hufton, IV
Tres Ray
Nick Aversa
David McCutchen
Lawson Merritt
Allen Lewis
Joseph Cumberland
Kai VanCourt
Gavin Gaudin
DJ McElroy
Luis Morales
Kaleb Webster
Lucas Suggs
*Sam Yarborough
Jasper Poag
Kristopher McGowan
*Sam Yarborough
Tavonta Macon
Dedrick Gates
Jakobe Smith
Rylie Grisham
Bailey McClellan
Riley Phillips
Anna Sandlin
Brooklyn Wood
Abby Schlude
Kaitlyn Bearley
Alysa Newman
Emilee Slade
Maiya Joe
Jade Rushing
Taylor Palmer
Jessica Deming
Avery Byerley
Reagan Tisdale
Kaylee Brown
Olivia Eubanks
Abby Fields
Camryn Johnson
Karmen McCrory
Llayne Skinner
Madison Suggs
Zandrea Tyeskie
Hannah Duran
Mackenzi Reed-Wood
Jamya Fondren
Zoe Hansen
Bailee Schmitt
Madyson McBrayer
Haley Ridings
Amonie Silas
Conley Langford
Jas Patrick
Diamond Rayford
Claire Leak
Darby Pitts
Zoe Essary
Leileigh Moody
Ta’Dashia Flowers
Katie Gray
Ashley Estabrook
Sara Grace Ramey
Olivia Derbyshire
Maddie Anglada
Emma Coggin
Kate Blankenship
Seline Decoteau
Olivia Deslatte
Anacia Leyland
Molly Moore
Kimi Norway
Mickie Palfreman
Katie Mills
Lindsey Moyle
Abby Warchus
Carlie Giles
Kayleigh Helstad
Haley Kelley
Callie Abraham
Olivia Ivey
Loren Winters
Audrey Foreman
Macie Manasco
Mallory Parker
Maggie Taylor
Jaysa Whatley
Alexis Woods
Davianna Brent
Karen Calzadilla
Kelis Griffin
Sarah Kackley
*Hannah Owens
*Paris Flannery
Arie’Onna McCollum
Kendall Harris
*Hannah Owens
*Paris Flannery

About The W

Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

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