Cards Have 285 Student Athletes on ACC Honor Roll

The University of Louisville completed its inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 285 student-athletes named to the 59th annual ACC Honor Roll, recognizing academic excellence during the 2014-15 academic year.

Announced by ACC Commissioner John Swofford on Wednesday afternoon, the Honor Roll is comprised of student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the full academic year. The conference recognized a record 4,143 student-athletes for their hard work in the classroom during the 2014-15 academic year.

Duke led all schools with 478 student-athletes recognized. Boston College followed with 416 honorees, and Notre Dame saw 414 student-athletes achieve Honor Roll acclaim. North Carolina saw 339 student-athletes recognized followed by Virginia with 314 and Louisville with 285 in its first year of ACC membership. Syracuse was next with 266, followed by Pitt with 245, Virginia Tech with 238, Florida State with 214, NC State with 210, Clemson with 196, Wake Forest with 183, Georgia Tech with 173 and Miami with 172.

A total of 25 ACC Women’s 2014-15 Performers of the Year were honored, including Louisville’s Kelsi Worrell (swimming). She was joined by Boston College’s Olivia Adragna (fencing co-epee) and Liv Westphal (cross country); Duke’s Megan Clark (indoor field), Leona Maguire (golf), Elizabeth Williams (basketball defensive) and Kesley Williams (volleyball setter);  Florida State’s Dagny Brynjarsdottir (soccer), Colleen Quigley (outdoor track) and Lacey Waldrop (softball pitcher); Miami’s Savanah Leaf (volleyball); North Carolina’s Ece Taner (volleyball defensive), Jamie Loeb (women’s tennis) and Gillian Litynski (fencing sabre); Notre Dame’s Barbara Sullivan (lacrosse defensive), Emilee Koerner (softball), Ashley Severson (fencing co-epee) and Lee Kiefer (foil);  Syracuse’s Kayla Treanor (lacrosse offensive); Virginia’s Erin Briggs (rowing crew), Tessa Dikkers (rowing crew), Georgia Ratcliff (rowing crew) and Lizzy Youngling (rowing crew); Virginia Tech’s Kaylea Arnett (women’s diving), and Wake Forest’s Georgia Holland (field hockey defensive).

The league saw 10 ACC Freshmen of the Year named to the honor roll highlighted by Louisville’s Brendan McKay (baseball) and Tim Kubel (men’s soccer). They were joined by Duke’s Justin Guterding (men’s lacrosse) and Maguire (women’s golf), Florida State’s Chelsea Jarvis (indoor track & field), Miami’s Brad Kaaya (football), North Carolina’s Caroline Alcorta (women’s cross country) and Megan Buckingham (women’s soccer), NC State’s Anton Ipsen (men’s swimming and diving) and Virginia’s Rachel Vander Kolk (women’s lacrosse).

The Honor Roll features 13 ACC Men’s 2014-15 Performers of the Year in Clemson’s Matthew Crownover (baseball pitcher);  Duke’s Sean Davis (soccer midfielder);  Georgia Tech’s Schniederjans (golf); Miami’s Samuel Dorman (diving); NC State’s John Addison (outdoor field) and Nick Gwiazdowski (wrestling); Notre Dame’s Garrett McGrath (fencing epee), Ariel DeSmet (fencing foil) Jonathan Fitzgerald (fencing sabre), Patrick Hodan (soccer offensive) and Matt Landis (lacrosse defensive); Syracuse’s Martin Hehir (cross country) and Kevin Rice (lacrosse offensive).

Twenty-six student-athletes earned ACC Honor Roll status for the fifth time: Clemson’s Kevin Pohle (baseball); Duke’s Erica Brand (track & field), Kelby Brown (football), Phil Fairleigh (track & field/cross country), Dillon Haviland (baseball), Chris Mengel (tennis), Mike Rosenfeld (baseball), Jessie Rubin (track & field/cross country), Shannon Sullivan (track & field/cross country) and Meghan Thomas (soccer); Florida State’s Elizabeth Ichite (track & field/cross country); Georgia Tech’s Anders Albertson (golf), Alec Clifford (track & field/cross country) and Ollie Schniederjans (golf); North Carolina’s Kristin Aloi (gymnastics), Acacia Cosentino (gymnastics), Lianne Farber (track & field/cross country) and Mike Jacobs (cross country); NC State’s Ivan Sanchez Gomez (tennis), Tyler Purvis (football) and Jule Rich (track & field); Virginia Tech’s Devin Carter (wrestling), Courtney Dobbs (cross country), Shannon Mayrose (soccer) and Alex Watt (cross country), and Wake Forest’s Jordan Garside (football).

De Lucca Takes Home 2nd & 3rd Gold of Pan-Am Games

Joao De Lucca took home his second and third gold of the Pan American Games in record setting fashion Wednesday night in Toronto.

The 2013 and 2014 NCAA national champion in the 200-free, De Lucca chased down leader Federico Grabich at the 150 mark to win in 1:46.42. His time beat the Pan Am Games record of 1:47.18 set by Brett Fraser back in 2011. He also reset Thiago Pereira’s South American and Brazilian record of 1:46.57 set at the 2009 World Championships. The time ranks him ninth in the world rankings as of today’s date.

The Cardinal alum also swam the second leg of the 800-free relay tonight, giving his native country the lead at the halfway point as his teammates combined for a 7:11.15 which is another Pan American record, his second of the night and third of the games.

Two other Cardinals competed tonight as well. Rising sophomore Carlos Claverie was sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke with a 2:13.22 in the A-final for Venezuela.

In the B-final of the 200-freestyle, rising sophomore Marcel Acosta, finished third with a time of 1:50.95

James Burgess Named to Wuerffel Trophy Watch List- Community Service Award

The Atlantic Coast Conference had 15 football student-athletes named to the watch list—the most of any conference nationally– for the Wuerffel Trophy, College Football’s premier award for community service, the All Sports Association of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., announced Wednesday.

Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.

The Atlantic Coast Conference led all conferences with 15 players appearing on the 2015 watch list. Following the ACC are the Big 12 with 10 players, the American Athletic and Sun Belt with nine each, the SEC and the PAC-12 with eight each, the Big 10 and Conference-USA with five each, and the MAC and Mountain West with four each.

Pitt was the only school in the nation to have three players named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List with 2014 ACC Player of the Year James Conner, quarterback Chad Voytik and offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty all earning selection.

Voting for the Wuerffel Trophy is performed by a National Selection Committee that includes college football television and print media, industry notables, former head coaches and prior Wuerffel Trophy recipients.

            The ACC members of the 2015 preseason Danny Wuerffel Trophy Watch List are: 

Player                                     School                        Pos.   Ht.        Wt.        Cl.               Hometown

Justin Simmons                   Boston College        CB       6-3        201         Sr.               Stuart, Fla.

Kelby Brown                        Duke                           LB       6-2        230         Sr.-R          Mattahews, N.C.

Roberto Aguayo                 Florida State             PK       6-1        204         Jr.-R           Mascotte, Fla.

KeShun Freeman               Georgia Tech           DE       6-1        236         So.              LaGrange, Ga.

James Burgess                    Louisville                    LB       6-0        229         Sr.               Homestead, Fla.

Dallas Crawford                  Miami                         S          5-10     200         Sr.-R          Ft. Myers, Fla.

Shakeel  Rashad                 North Carolina         LB       6-2        245         Sr.               Jacksonville, Fla.

Tony Adams                         NC State                    G         6-2        318         So.              Charlotte, N.C.

Adam Bisnowaty                Pitt                               T          6-6        300         Jr.-R           Pittsburgh, Pa.

Chad Voytik                          Pitt                               QB      6-1        215         Jr.-R           Cleveland, Tenn.

James Conner                     Pitt                               RB       6-2        240         Jr.               Erie, Pa.

Riley Dixon                            Syracuse                    P         6-5        222         Sr.               Blossvale, N.Y.

Demetrious Nicholson     Virginia                       CB       5-11     185         Sr.-R          Virginia Beach, Va.

Luther Maddy                     Virginia Tech            DT       6-1        293         Sr.-R          Delray Beach, Fla.

Ryan Janvion                        Wake Forest            SS       5-11     190         Jr.-R           Pembroke Pines, Fla.

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