July 12, 2005
Fourteen Butler student-athletes were honored with Horizon League Spring Academic All-League accolades, the league office announced today (July 12). Butler's total was the second-best mark in the nine-team conference, trailing only Youngstown State, which had 16 representatives. Bulldogs were represented on six of the eight spring teams.
Golfers Will Turner and Abby Seger and track team members Jill Snyder and Monica Behney are repeat representatives for Butler. 2005 marks Snyder's third appearance on the academic all-league squad, while Turner, Seger and Behney get the nod for the second time apiece.
Other Bulldogs honored were Jonathan Day and Brandon Tormoehlen (baseball); Christopher Spitler (men's golf); Sarah Swanson (women's golf); Andy Bartish and Evan West (men's tennis); Andrew Sherman, Nick Goodliffe and Thomas Frazer (men's outdoor track and field); and Victoria Mitchell (women's outdoor track and field).
During the spring season, Butler won Horizon League championships in men's tennis and women's golf. In addition, Mitchell became the first female athlete at Butler to win a national championship, winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2005 NCAA Division I Track and Field Championship in Sacramento, Calif., on June 10. Mitchell, Behney and Sherman also earned 2005 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-America team honors. West earned regional honors.
In all, 78 student-athletes were selected by the Horizon League: baseball (11), softball (12), men's golf (6), women's golf (6), men's tennis (6), women's tennis (6), men's outdoor track and field (13) and women's outdoor track and field (18). Following Youngstown State and Butler were UIC with 10 recipients and Cleveland State, Loyola, Detroit and Wright State each landed eight student-athletes apiece. UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee followed with three student-athletes per school.
The Spring Academic All-Horizon League Teams are selected by the Horizon League Sports Information Directors and Faculty Athletic Representatives. Nominees must meet the following criteria: 1) a cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of 3.25 or better on a 4.00 scale; 2) have completed at least three semesters at the same institution; and 3) be a starter or significant contributor in a League-sponsored sport. The team is comprised of the same number of first-team All-Horizon League student-athletes in each sport. Ties are not broken.
For a complete list of honorees, click here to view the Horizon League's full release.
To visit Butler's Academic Recognition page, click here.