CLEVELAND, Ohio - A total of 173 student-athletes, representing all 18 intercollegiate sports sponsored at Cleveland State University, were recognized for their academic accomplishments at the 27th annual John Konstantinos Athletic Academic Honors Luncheon which was held on Thursday afternoon (April 20) in the Henry Goodman Arena in the Wolstein Center.
"The student-athletes that we honor today are the best of the best, those who are able to balance academics and athletics and excel in both," CSU Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said. "To see 173 of our student-athletes being honored for having over a 3.0 grade point average speaks highly about the goals and missions of Cleveland State University."
The 173 student-athletes, representing 60-percent of CSU's student-athlete population, were recognized for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better through the end of the 2016 fall semester.
The cumulative grade point average of all CSU student-athletes is 3.168.
There were a total of 81 first-year honorees, 47 second-year honorees, 26 third-year honorees, 18 fourth-year honorees and one fifth-year honoree.
Several additional awards were handed out at the luncheon.
Women's soccer player Marissa Sarsfield (Springdale, Pa./Springdale) received the President's Award as the graduating senior student-athlete with the highest grade point average.
Sarsfield, who sports a 3.97 GPA as a Chemical Engineering major, was a four-year letterwinner and started 64 of the 70 career matches she played. A key component of the CSU defense during her career, Sarsfield helped the Vikings to 18 shutouts over her career, including a school record seven in 2014..
Women's tennis player Princess Gbadamosi (Houston, Texas/Klein) received the 17th annual John McLendon Award, which is given to the student-athlete who best represents the ideals and personal philosophy of McLendon, a former CSU men's basketball coach who is an enshrinee in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Cross country runner Alanna Shamrock (Cortland, Ohio/Maplewood) received the John and Sandra Konstantinos's Scholarship, which is presented to the student-athlete who best reflects and embodies the virtues of former CSU Director of Athletics John Konstantinos, including leadership, integrity, perseverance, loyalty and humility.
The "Best of the Best" Team Award, which is given to the sport having the highest team grade point average in the department, went to women's golf. The team has a cumulative 3.67 grade point average with all seven of the team's student-athletes honored at today's luncheon.
Women's swimmer Madisen Tretter (Zelenople, Pa./Seneca Valley) received the James LaMastra Award, given to an individual who demonstrates unyielding courage and class in the face of adversity. Tretter was diagnosed with Lyme Disease in the fall of 2015, missing the entire 2015-16 season. Tretter fought back to compete for the Vikings this year, scoring points at the League Championship in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
Since its inception in the Spring of 1991, the Athletic Academic Honors Luncheon has burgeoned from 41 student-athletes honored to the 173 that were honored today.