College Athletics

Colorado Mesa athletes recognized for their academic excellence

The Colorado Mesa men's basketball team has received a Team Academic Excellence award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

For the first time in the seven years the NABC has honored teams for academic achievement, the Mavericks were on the list. The award goes to teams with a cumulative 3.0 grade point average or higher — Mesa had a team GPA of 3.171, with four players earning RMAC All-Academic Team honors.

Athletes from two other teams were recently honored for academics, with three players on the Women's Golf Coaches Association on the Scholar All-American team, Ashlyn Kirschner (3.55 GPA), Megan Liborio (4.0) and Hannah More (3.8).

A record 14 members of the men's and women's swimming and diving teams made the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American first team, with two honorable mention selections.

To make the first team, an athlete must have a 3.5 or higher GPA and compete in the national championships. Honorable mention athletes have a 3.5 or higher GPA and achieve a B qualifying standard.

The women had eight first-team selections: Kennedy Bright, Brittany Dixon, Sierra Forbord, Danielle Jefferies, Grace Payton, Maddie Pressler, Natalie Saul and Samantha White. The men had six first-team athletes:

Lane Austin, Arthur Cury, Mahmoud Elgayar, Landon Ellis, Chandler Livingston and Torsten Rau. Jake Simmons and Bella Walters were the Mavs' two honorable mention selections.

Both CMU teams also were honored for their team GPAs earlier by the CSCAA.

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