SAN LUIS OBISPO – Sixty-one Cal Poly student-athletes across 11 sports were named to the 2018 Big West Conference Winter and Spring All-Academic Teams on Tuesday afternoon.
In order to qualify for selection, individuals (excluding true freshmen and first-year transfers) had to have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA through the most recent academic term while also competing in at least 50 percent of their program’s competitions.
The Cal Poly women’s basketball program, runners-up in the Big West regular season standings, enjoyed the inclusion of seniors Mary Kate Evans (biomedical engineering major/Atascadero, Calif.), Nikki Fausey (business administration/Snohomish, Wash.), Gabby Grupalo (graphic communications/Walnut Creek, Calif.), Devin Stanback (kinesiology/West Hills, Calif.) and Kelly Wong (graphic communications/San Francisco).
Rounding out the winter, Cal Poly’s men’s basketball program saw junior guard Trevor John (business administration/Danville, Calif.), junior forward Aleks Abrams (recreation, parks and tourism administration/Newbury Park, Calif.) and sophomore forward Hank Hollingsworth (kinesiology/Chelan, Wash.) selected.
The Cal Poly softball team matched a program record as, for the fifth time, six Mustangs were selected. Comprising the list were senior shortstop Chelsea Convissar (kinesiology/Sunnyvale, Calif.), senior second baseman Alejandra Garcia (journalism/Sacramento, Calif.), senior third baseman Stephanie Heyward (business administration/Sacramento, Calif.), junior right fielder Crimson Kaiser (animal science/Visalia, Calif.), sophomore designated player Shelby Jeffries (recreation, parks and tourism administration/Gold Bar, Wash.) and sophomore first baseman Hailey Martin (marine science/Tracy, Calif.).
Cal Poly’s baseball program, also runners-up in the Big West title race, earned four selections in senior righthander Austin Dondanville (business administration/Walnut Creek, Calif.), senior infielder Elijah Skipps (business administration/Cypress, Calif.), senior left fielder Trent Shelton (communications/Lafayette, Calif.) and junior infielder Dylan Doherty (business administration/Santa Ana, Calif.).
Taylor Nelson (kinesiology/Granite Bay, Calif.), a senior who was named the Cal Poly Athletics Department’s Female Athlete of the Year in May, was the beach volleyball program’s honoree.
The Mustang women’s golf program produced four honorees in seniors Sophie Bergland (psychology/Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.), Desiree Gillaspy (graphic communications/Orcutt, Calif.) and Jamie Harada (business administration/Costa Mesa, Calif.) and junior Mallory Muehlbauer (business administration/San Diego).
Two Mustang men’s golfers produced a spot on the all-academic team in seniors Jimmy Castles (business administration/Cupertino, Calif.) and Nick Engelhardt (business administration/Santa Monica, Calif.).
Two-thirds of the Cal Poly women’s tennis program earned selection in seniors Abigail Bacharach (communications/Newcastle, Calif.) and Molly Reed (biological science/Sheffield, England); junior Celine Gruaz (psychology/Chicago) and sophomores Claire Bouquet (business administration/Santa Maria, Calif.), Susanne Boyden (business administration/Raleigh, N.C.) and Seriana Saltzen (history/Gold River, Calif.).
The men's tennis team is represented by juniors Josh Ortlip (English, Irvine, Calif.) and Dominic Bechard (business administration, Perth, Australia).
The Mustang women’s track and field program produced 18 honorees encompassing seniors Juliana McCuaig (business administration/Fremont, Calif.), Maddie McDonald (biological sciences/Orange, Calif.), Megan Mooney (industrial engineering/Seattle), Allison Scranton (child development/Petaluma, Calif.), Danielle Taylor (civil engineering/Bend, Ore.) and Keana Viss (business administration/Modesto, Calif.); juniors Nikki Boggs (mechanical engineering/Eagle River, Alaska), Delaney Fitzsimmons (mechanical engineering/Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Hannah Hull (business administration/Valley Springs, Calif.), Caice Lanoviz (microbiology, Los Gatos, Calif.) and Jazmin Moreno (nutrition/San Jose, Calif.) and sophomores Abi Iriafen (political science/Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Ann Caroline Kasenberg (kinesiology/Encinitas, Calif.), Molly Ross (biological sciences/Redding, Calif.), Julianna Ruotolo (kinesiology/Pleasant Hill, Calif.), Hana Welsh (mechanical engineering/Palmdale, Calif.), Chase Worthen (psychology/Sacramento) and Julie Zweng (biochemistry/Scotts Valley, Calif.).
Completing Cal Poly’s 61-member Big West All-Academic Team listing were 10 members of the men’s track and field program. Joining Cal Poly’s Male Athlete of the Year honoree Swanjit Boyal (civil and environmental engineering/Yuba City, Calif.) were fellow seniors Dan Cardiff (child development/Lafayette, Calif.), Peter Cotsirilos (mechanical engineering/Wilmette, Ill.), Mikey Giguere (business administration/Westlake Village, Calif.), Liam Martinez (mechanical engineering/Burlingame, Calif.) and Jacob Rickman (computer science/Pendleton, Ore.); juniors Nate Greenelsh (biological sciences/San Luis Obispo, Calif.) and Alex Merder (biological sciences/Carlsbad, Calif.) and sophomores Tim Chrisman (business administration/Danville, Calif.) and Bailey Thayer (biological sciences/Mountain View, Calif.).