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College Triathlon Coaches Association Announces 2018 Scholar All-Americans

By USA Triathlon | Jan. 17, 2019, 6:01 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The College Triathlon Coaches Association (CTCA) today released its list of Scholar All-Americans, recognizing women’s varsity student-athletes and teams that excelled both in the classroom and on the race course during the 2018 season.

Scholar All-American — Awarded to varsity athletes who competed in the 2018 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships (all divisions) and maintained a GPA of 3.5 or better throughout the 2018 fall semester of competition. 
Scholar All-American: Honorable Mention — Awarded to varsity athletes who competed in at least one 2018 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon Regional Qualifier (all divisions), but not the National Championships, and maintained a GPA of 3.5 or better throughout the 2018 fall semester of competition.

Team Honors — Awarded to the five teams with the highest average GPA (based on complete team roster) of all varsity women’s collegiate triathlon programs.
Team GPA Honors 
Drury University — 3.838
Arizona State University — 3.818
Queens University of Charlotte — 3.778
Black Hills State — 3.729
Trine University — 3.645

Scholar All-Americans 
Alexandria Muench (Milwaukee School of Engineering)
Amber Custodi (Daemen College)
Amelia Feltz (North Central College)
Amelia Woods (North Central College)
Anabel Knoll (Queens University of Charlotte)
Anna Carrion Barea (Wagner College)
Anna Lausch (Colorado Mesa University)
Audrey Ernst (Arizona State University)
Brigid Duesterhaus (Millikin University)
Brook Benes (University of South Dakota)
Cameron Seeley (East Tennessee State University)
Catherine Porter (Trine University)
Caylan Bromley (Queens University of Charlotte)
Charlotte Ahrens (Arizona State University)
Courtney Reese (Drury University)
Elizabeth Moore (Transylvania University)
Emily Upton (Wagner College)
Fabia Maramotti (Wagner College)
Hannah Croasdell (Colorado Mesa University)
Ida Osterman (Queens University of Charlotte)
Jordan Grantz (Queens University of Charlotte)
Katherine Kline (Trine University)
Kathleen Juffer (University of South Dakota)
Kathryn Gorzyca (Arizona State University)
Katie Christy (Black Hills State University)
Kristie Hanlon (St. Thomas Aquinas College)
Kyla Roy (Arizona State University)
Kira Stanley (Arizona State University)
Kyra Warren (Trine University)
Lane McDonald (East Tennessee State University)
Leah Drengenberg (University of South Dakota)
Madison Koler (Queens University of Charlotte)
Madison Batkiewicz (Colorado Mesa University)
Maggie Simmons (Colorado Mesa University)
Maia Heineck (Milwaukee School of Engineering)
Margaret Connelly (Northern Vermont University-Johnson)
Marilena Swidrak (Queens University of Charlotte)
Mathilde Bernard (Black Hills State University)
Melanie Abbott (Drury University)
Molly Cross (Northern Vermont University-Johnson)
Morgan James (East Tennessee State University)
Naomi Hill (North Central College)
Nina Spitzhorn (Drury University)
Payton Ryz (University of South Dakota)
Rachel Ruona (Milwaukee School of Engineering)
Sophie Schoeppl (Davis & Elkins College)
Sylvie Bischof (St. Thomas Aquinas College)
Taylor Lundquist (Black Hills State University)
Tereza Zimovjanova (Queens University of Charlotte)
Tyiana Nunez (St. Thomas Aquinas College)
Yasmin Rieger (Wagner College)
Zoe Six (East Tennessee State University)
Scholar All-Americans: Honorable Mention 

Ashtyn Smith (Queens University of Charlotte)
Catherine Giuseffi (Arizona State University)
Chelsea Basford (Black Hills State University)
Lindsey St. Laurent (Colorado Mesa University)
McKenzi Wilson (Arizona State University)
Montana Hermann (Trine University)
Olivia Jenks (Arizona State University)
Sarah Quintero (Arizona State University)
Savannah Liedy (Colorado Mesa University)
Skylar Dykes (East Tennessee State University)
The NCAA named triathlon an Emerging Sport for Women in 2014, a designation that gives the sport a 10-year window to demonstrate sustainability at the NCAA level. Twenty-five colleges and universities across the country currently sponsor the sport at the varsity level; click here to view the full list of programs.

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About the College Triathlon Coaches Association
The CTCA was founded in 2017 with the objective of promoting collegiate triathlon while also providing guidance through educational, professional, technical and competitive support and opportunities to the organization's membership. The CTCA consists of active members, who are actively coaching triathlon on the NCAA sponsored varsity level, and associate members, who are interested in supporting the objectives and purposes of the CTCA. 

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