Bowling Green, Ky. — The Western Kentucky University Department of Athletics honored 287 student-athletes and undergraduate support staff at its annual Academic Athletic Awards Banquet at E.A. Diddle Arena Tuesday.
That included a trio of cross country performers who were selected as the school’s male and female Scholar-Athletes of the Year — Cheyenne Carmack and Cara Nichols shared women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, while Caleb McCain was named the men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The women’s golf and men’s tennis teams were chosen WKU’s 2004-05 Scholar Teams of the Year, with men’s and women’s cross country, women’s soccer and women’s swimming recognized for being selected an Academic All-American team by their respective coaches associations.
Thirteen individuals who are graduating next month with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better were named Senior Scholars: Leslie Adams (women’s golf), Carmack, Amanda Cecil (volleyball), Casey Edwards (women’s golf), J.C. Faircloth (baseball), Jackie Krieger (women’s soccer), McCain, Nichols, Daniel Roberts (cross country and track), Melissa Robinson (women’s soccer), Amanda Schiff (volleyball), Amy Uhlman (women’s soccer) and Dana Underdonk (women’s tennis).
And, eight individuals were recognized after earning either CoSIDA Academic All-District IV accolades or Academic All-America recognition from the coaches association in their sport — Carmack, McCain, Nichols, Mikus Paipars (men’s tennis), Roberts, Robinson, Allison Silver (softball) and Karl Swanson (men’s swimming).
All student-athletes and undergraduate staff at the banquet have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.0 or better, or recorded a 3.0 GPA over one of the previous two semesters.