League-High 19 UIC Student-Athletes Named to HL All-Academic Teams

June 14, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS - Nineteen UIC student-athletes were named to the Horizon League's Spring Academic All-League Teams, as announced by League officials from their Indianapolis headquarters Friday. UIC and Valparaiso tied for the most honorees of any school in the conference.

"Our student-athletes enjoyed another very impressive semester in the classroom," said UIC Director of Athletics Jim Schmidt. "The last five semesters have been some of the best in school history, and it's nice to be recognized as one of the most successful programs in the Horizon League when it relates to academic consistency."

The women's track & field team boasted a department-high five honorees, with seniors Andrea Crump and Aimee Schuh, along with juniors Mariya Denisenko and Sharon Mwale, and sophomore Valere Guertin all being named to the team.

The men's track & field, softball and women's tennis teams all saw three student-athletes earn All-Academic recognition. Senior Roy Mwale, the older brother of Sharon, along with junior Angelos Karkalis and sophomore Cody Lee represented the Flames on the men's track & field team. Representing UIC's softball team were seniors Kara Komp and Coryn Schmit, as well as junior Jacki Fletcher. UIC's women's tennis team comprised one-half of the Horizon League's All-Academic Team, with senior Haley Craig, and juniors Jana Knoppe and Kathryn Sharples earning spot on the squad.

UIC's baseball and men's tennis teams both earned a pair of selections to their respective All-Academic teams. Seniors Joey Begel and Alex Gruenwald represented the Flames' baseball team, while senior Gautham Oroskar and junior Alexander Raa earned spots for the men's tennis team.

Sophomore Kayla Stueland, who maintains a flawless 4.0 grade-point-average in UIC's Communications program, represented the first-ever All-Academic selection for the Flames' women's golf program, which is in its second year of existence.

The Horizon League recognizes student-athletes with seasonal Academic All-League Teams in each of its 19 championship sports. To be eligible for Academic All-Horizon League consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 or higher (based on a 4.00 scale) and have completed at least one year at the member institution, having earned 24 semester-hour or 36 quarter-hour credits.