By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
INDIANAPOLIS (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – A total of 12 UW-Green Bay student-athletes from three sport programs were selected as members of the 2012-13 Winter Academic All-Horizon League Teams, the conference office announced on Monday. The teams, which recognize student-athlete success both in competition and in the classroom, were determined by a balloting of the league’s faculty athletics representatives and communications directors.
Green Bay’s 12 selections were the second-most among league schools, despite not participating in men’s and women’s indoor track and field. Milwaukee led all schools with 13 selections. The 12 Phoenix student-athletes on the list were also the most since 2006-07 when the school also had a dozen honored.
Women’s swimming and diving paced the Phoenix with an impressive seven honorees, while three from men’s swimming and diving were also recognized. Women’s basketball rounded out the list for Green Bay with a pair of selections.
The seven women’s swimmers and divers on the 17-member squad were seniors Heather Bodin (Maple Grove, Minn.), Megan Burley (Hazelhurst, Wis.), Jessica Stolfi (Kenosha, Wis.) and Taylor Trelka (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.), and juniors Carrie Dinelli (Northbrook, Ill.), Kendra Rottier (Green Bay, Wis.) and Parker Wolf (Kohler, Wis.). Seniors Robert Gorycki (Prior Lake, Minn.) and Mitchell Spaeth (Fredonia, Wis.) and junior Brian Heiser (McFarland, Wis.) were honored on the men’s side, and seniors Lydia Bauer (Lake Zurich, Ill.) and Adrian Ritchie (De Pere, Wis.) were named to the five-member women’s basketball team.
Bodin carries a 3.52 grade-point average while double-majoring in Spanish and human biology. She finished in the top-five in every event she competed in throughout the 2012-13 season, earning 11 first-place finishes. The senior grabbed one second- (200-yard IM) and one third-place (100 butterfly) finish at the 2013 Horizon League Championships in Chicago, posting the second-best 100 butterfly (56.06) time and third-best 200 IM time (2:03.34) in school history.
Burley, also a human biology major, has a cumulative GPA of 3.55. She posted three podium finishes at the Horizon League meet, finishing second in the 400 IM and third in two more events. The senior won seven individual events during the regular season, and has three times that rank in the top-five in school history (200 butterfly, 200 IM and 400 IM). Burley’s 400 IM time of 4:25.87 is the second-fastest ever swam at Green Bay.
Stolfi, a senior diver with an impressive 3.95 GPA as a biology major, picked up her second-straight academic all-league honor after also being recognized in 2012. Stolfi recorded the fifth-best 3-meter diving performance (249.80) in school history in 2013, as well as the seventh-best 1-meter score (234.75). The senior ended her standout career with a pair of ninth-place finishes at the Horizon League Championships.
Trelka is an education major who boasts a 3.86 GPA. In 2012-13, the senior posted the third-best 50 freestyle time (23.60) in school history while finishing fourth at the Horizon League meet. Trelka also finished eighth in the 100 freestyle and 14th in the 200 freestyle.
A human biology major who carries a 3.92 GPA, Dinelli earned a pair of top-six diving efforts at this year’s Horizon League Championships, finishing fifth (1-meter) and sixth (3-meter), respectively. This season also saw Dinelli post the second-best score in school history on the high board (277.05) and third-best score on the low board (253.90). This marked Dinelli’s second academic all-league award, as she was also honored in 2012.
Rottier, a mathematics and business administration major with a 3.67 GPA, followed up her standout sophomore campaign with another great season in 2012-13. The junior, who was also recognized on the academic all-league team in 2012, won both the 1650 (16:50.94) and 1000 (10:07.32) freestyle races at the 2013 Horizon League Championships, and also finished as the runner-up in the 500 (4:55.80). In all, Rottier won 17 events throughout the season and was named conference swimmer of the week on Oct. 30. The junior currently holds four individual school records and one relay record.
Wolf, a business administration major who owns a 3.55 GPA, finished either first or second in 22 events throughout the 2012-13 season. An active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the junior won 12 total races this season and finished third in the 200 freestyle at the Horizon League Championship meet.
Gorycki – who was also recognized in 2011 – picked up his second academic all-league award thanks in part to a 3.69 cumulative GPA as a human biology major. The senior totaled 18 top-five finishes for the Phoenix men in 2012-13, and finished in the top-15 in three different events at the 2013 Horizon League Championships.
Spaeth capped off one of the most successful men’s diving careers in school history in 2012-13 by earning his third-straight academic all-league award. The UW-Green Bay graduate student holds a 3.67 GPA as a business administration major, and ranks near the top of the Phoenix record books in both diving events (second-best 1-meter score of 328.65 and third-best 3-meter score of 322.40). Spaeth won 11 total events throughout the season and qualified for the NCAA Zone D Diving Regional in Houston, where he advanced to the finals on the 3-meter board. He was also named Horizon League Diver of the Week on Feb. 5 after sweeping the diving events on Senior Day against Milwaukee.
Heiser was honored for the second year in a row after maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA as a business administration and economics major. The junior had 18 top-five finishes in 2012-13, winning the 200 backstroke at the House of Champions Invitational and also posting wins at Valparaiso and UIC. He finished seventh in the 400 IM and 12th in the 200 backstroke at the Horizon League Championships.
Bauer and Ritchie earned their first-career academic all-league awards after leading the Phoenix women’s basketball team (29-3, 16-0 HL) to its 15th consecutive regular season title, 13th conference tournament title and 14th trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2012-13.
Bauer, a business administration major with a 3.74 GPA, finished her career with 988 points after averaging 10.1 per game as a senior. She started all 32 games for the Phoenix in 2012-13, and finished second on the team in three-point field goals made with 57. She poured in a season-high 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting against UIC on Feb. 2, and ended her career with an 11-point, four-rebound effort at LSU in the NCAA Tournament.
Ritchie, who owns a 3.49 GPA as a business administration major, was named to the All-Horizon League First Team and All-Defensive Team this season after starting every game and leading the team in scoring (14.3 ppg), rebounds (5.1 rpg) and steals (84). The senior tossed in a team-record 71 three-pointers in 2012-13, and finished her career as the school’s all-time leader in threes made with 196. A do-it-all player, Ritchie concluded her career with 1,360 points, 509 rebounds, 361 assists, 234 steals and 54 blocked shots. Ritchie and Phoenix teammate Stephanie Sension (Hopkins, Minn.) will continue their careers next month by playing on the 10-member NetScouts Basketball Women’s All-Star team in China.
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 and have completed at least one year at the member institution, having earned 24 credits.
In all, a total of 75 Horizon League student-athletes from six winter sports – men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and men’s and women’s indoor track and field – received academic all-league honors. For a complete list of the 2012-13 Winter Academic All-Horizon League Teams, click here.
Lydia Bauer, Sr., 3.74, Business Administration
Adrian Ritchie, Sr., 3.49, Business Administration
Men's Swimming & Diving
Robert Gorycki, Sr., 3.69, Human Biology
Brian Heiser, Jr., 4.00, Business Administration/Economica
Mitchell Spaeth, Sr., 3.67, Business Administration
Women's Swimming & Diving
Heather Bodin, Sr., 3.52, Spanish/Human Biology
Megan Burley, Sr., 3.55, Human Biology
Carrie Dinelli, Jr., 3.92, Human Biology
Kendra Rottier, Jr., 3.67, Mathematics/Business Administration
Jessica Stolfi, Sr., 3.95, Biology
Taylor Trelka, Sr., 3.86, Education
Parker Wolf, Jr., 3.55, Business Administration
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