USA Archery Celebrates Student-Athletes with 2017 All-American Academic Honors

April 11, 2017, 11:57 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – USA Archery is proud to celebrate the hard work of our Collegiate Archery Program student-athletes. Competing at the collegiate level takes a high level of dedication to balance academic and athletic pursuits and for the archers who achieve high marks both in the classroom and on the target, USA Archery recognizes their efforts with All-American Academic Honors. Congratulations to all of our student-athletes and those who have been named to the 2017 All-American Academic Team! 

The All-American Academic Team is composed of the top 10 archers in each division and class based on the following criteria: 

  • Archer must have been eligible to shoot in the 2017 Spring semester, meaning they were enrolled as a full-time student.
  • Required cumulative GPA of 3.0 for undergraduate students and 3.5 for graduate students through fall semester 2016.
  • USA Archery then takes the top 25% (ranked by score) of each division and class from U.S. National Indoor Championships. Archers are then ranked by cumulative GPA.

Congratulations to the archers (listed below, or click here) who earned spots on the 2017 All-American Academic Team. These archers will receive a certificate and letter from USA Archery commemorating their achievements.

Judy Zhou, who competes for Columbia University’s Varsity Archery Team shared: “It can be a challenge to shoot competitively and still find time to tackle the mountain of readings, projects, and papers from a full college workload. Amidst practicing and traveling for tournaments, my teammates and I constantly have these looming deadlines in the back of our mind as we crack open our textbooks whenever we can, even as we are waiting for shooting to begin. Having recognition for these efforts is great because it is a dedication to a set of challenges that we overcome on a daily basis.” 

Nathan Yamaguchi of Chandler Gilbert Community College agreed: “I’m very honored to be acknowledged as an All-American Academic. It’s nice to be recognized for the work I’ve been doing in the classroom and on the field.”

Click here to learn more about the Collegiate Archery Program and find a program near you. Outdoor season is in high gear, Regional Outdoor Collegiate Championships have already started, National Outdoor Collegiate Championships are taking place in Chula Vista, California, May 18-21 and National 3-D Collegiate Championships October 27-29 in Foley, Alabama. Contact USA Archery at collegearchery@usarchery.org with any questions.

2017 Collegiate Archery Program All-American Academic Team
Archer’s Name Division School
Marissa Wolf Female Barebow Northeastern University
Rebecca Wang Female Barebow Stanford University
Amber Yeh Female Barebow University of California, Berkeley
Caitlyn Buesch Female Barebow Humboldt State University
Christina De Cesaris Female Barebow UCLA
Nahkoura Mahnassi Female Barebow University of California, Berkeley
Jamie Lagman Female Barebow University of California, Davis
Sierra Cofield Female Barebow Emmanuel College
Jackeline Paloblanco Female Barebow California State Univ. Long Beach
Archer’s Name Division School
Colleen Potter Female Bowhunter Michigan State University
Erica Gause Female Bowhunter Pennsylvania College of Technology
Andrea Zenger Female Bowhunter Texas A&M University
Lorena Koidl Female Bowhunter Atlantic Cape Community College
Madison Galligan Female Bowhunter University of California, Berkeley
Tayler Stevens Female Bowhunter Northern Arizona University
Valerie Shoemaker Female Bowhunter University of California, San Diego
Alyssa Channel Female Bowhunter Texas A&M University
Holly Mangum Female Bowhunter James Madison University
Archer’s Name Division School
Judy Zhou Female Compound Columbia University
Shelby Warrington Female Compound Texas A&M University
Claire Estrada Female Compound Emmanuel College
Sophia Strachan Female Compound Columbia University
Allie Blazek Female Compound Texas A&M University
Rebekah Matthews Female Compound Hocking College
Sarah Strickland Female Compound Michigan State University
Kira Zack Female Compound University of Pittsburgh
Hunter Jackson Female Compound Michigan State University
Emily Bee Female Compound Michigan State University
Archer’s Name Division School
Katherine Chew Female Recurve Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Christine Kim Female Recurve Columbia University
Stephanie Phlipot Female Recurve Arizona State University
Eliana Claps Female Recurve Cascadia College
Chelsea Obrebski Female Recurve Miami University of Ohio
Michelle Gilbert Female Recurve Texas A&M University
Karissa Yamaguchi Female Recurve Texas A&M University
Alexandra Heinimann Female Recurve Texas A&M University
Stephanie Yung Female Recurve California State Univ. Long Beach
Rachel Burge Female Recurve Emmanuel College
Archer’s Name
Division School
Yashwanth Nannapaneni Male Barebow University of California, San Diego
Zhen Tao Sew Male Barebow UCLA
Justin Curley Male Barebow UCLA
Daniel Kho Male Barebow UCLA
Brandon Chin Male Barebow University of California, San Diego
Lucas Hesskamp Male Barebow Michigan State University
Alexander Wolf Male Barebow University of California, San Diego
In Jae Cho Male Barebow Stanford University
Ali Wahab Male Barebow Pennsylvania State University
Eric Zhou Male Barebow University of California, Berkeley
Archer’s Name Division School
Michael Morabito Male Bowhunter University of Connecticut
Aaron Sackschewsky Male Bowhunter James Madison University
Andrew Rupp Male Bowhunter Pennsylvania College of Technology
Jerry Cheng Male Bowhunter University of California, Berkeley
Brian Su Male Bowhunter Stanford University
Caleb C. Shealy Male Bowhunter Emmanuel College
John Kleinfelter Male Bowhunter Pennsylvania College of Technology
Mick Jarrett Male Bowhunter Texas A&M University
Tyler Reiley Male Bowhunter Texas A&M University
Cole Hildebrand Male Bowhunter University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Archer’s Name Division School
Aaron C. Lopes Male Compound University of Connecticut
Simon Rousseau Male Compound Texas A&M University
Paeton Keller Male Compound Northern Arizona University
Austin Phillips Male Compound Lock Haven University
Zane Rigney Male Compound James Madison University
Christopher Bee Male Compound Michigan State University
Torrey Bonham Male Compound Texas A&M University
Tyler Schoonover Male Compound Pennsylvania College of Technology
Archer’s Name Division School
Nathan Yamaguchi Male Recurve Chandler Gilbert Community College
Robert Hogan Male Recurve Texas A&M University
Daniel Kitts Male Recurve University of Florida
Ziyuan Qu Male Recurve UCLA
Ralph Lawton Male Recurve Duke University
Tong Qi Male Recurve University of California, San Diego
Yuji SugimotoD Male Recurve Stanford University
Nicholas Amen Male Recurve University of California, San Diego
David Wolfe Male Recurve University of Nebraska
Nicholas Zhao Male Recurve Georgia Institute of Technology