Kent State Lands Nine National Academic Team Honorees
Golden Flashes also recognized for a team grade point average above 3.0
KENT, Ohio — The Kent State field hockey team had another strong season in the classroom this fall as proven by the nine Golden Flashes named to the 2011 Gladiator by SGI / National Field Hockey Coach Association Division I National Academic Squad. The list includes four-time winners, Carla Johl (Hamilton, New Zealand / Waikato) and Chelsea Sickel (Plaistow, N.H. / Timberlane Regional)
The National Academic Squad recognizes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2011-12 academic year. Its the fourth straight year that the Golden Flashes have had at least nine student-athletes honored. In addition Kent State was also recognized by the NFHCA for having a team GPA above a 3.0.
Consistent academic stand-outs, Johl and Sickel are two of only ten players in school history to be named to the national academic squad four times in a row.
Joining them from Kent State this season is three-time honoree, senior Amy Wimsatt (Louisville, Ky. / Mercy Academy). Earning recognition for a second consecutive year were sophomores Sabrina Binder (Krefeld, Germany/Arndt-Gymnasium), Melanie Kahn (San Diego, Calif./Serra), Rebecca Lee (Bathurst, Australia/The Scots School).
First time award winners for the Golden Flashes included freshmen Abbie Carrico (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart), Shannon Martin (Williamsville, N.Y./Nichols), and Sami Surdy (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood).
Kent State's 2011 Gladiator by SGI / NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad Members