More SMSU athletes honored

SMSU tennis

receives ITA awards

SKILLMAN, N.J. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recently announced that Southwest Minnesota State University is one of 61 NCAA Division II schools to earn the ITA Team Academic Award for the 2013-14 academic year, while six SMSU student-athletes were recipients of the ITA scholar-athlete award.

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a student-athlete must be a varsity letter winner, have a grade point average of at least 3.5 for the current academic year and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.

Earning the individual awards include freshman Erin Bones, from Watertown, S.D., Trisha Kienitz, a junior from Raymond, Minn., Samantha Ritter, a sophomore from Sauk Centre, Minn., Michaela Nelson, a freshman from St. James, Minn., Lindsey Brace, a freshman from Montevideo, Minn., and Kayla Uphus, a sophomore from Melrose, Minn.

The ITA All-Academic Team is given to program’s that have a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above. SMSU finished the 2013-14 academic year with a GPA of 3.48.

SMSU women’s track & field earns All-Academic award

NEW ORLEANS The Southwest Minnesota State University women’s track and field team received All-Academic Team honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Tuesday.

SMSU, which recently completed its first season of competition, finished the 2013-14 academic year with a team GPA of 3.24. The Mustangs were one of 13 teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference to earn the academic team award.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Award a school must record a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher.