Student and Academic Life

99 Wildcats on SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll


LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 5, 2019)  Student-athletes at the University of Kentucky combined to earn a total of 99 spots on the Southeastern Conference First-Year Academic Honor Roll, the league announced Thursday. 

Kentucky was second overall for having the most student-athletes on the list. UK had the most honorees in the sports of men’s cross country and softball. UK was second in men’s basketball and women’s basketball. Wildcat teams were third in baseball, women’s cross country, men’s golf, women’s soccer and men’s tennis.

The 2018-19 First-Year Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2018 summer and fall terms, along with the 2019 spring term. A student-athlete must have a 3.0 grade-point average for the entire year to earn a place on the honor roll. 

The number of students on the first-year honor roll continues a cascade of good academic news and bodes well for the continued long-term success of UK student-athletes.

  • UK athletes have a composite grade-point average above 3.0 for 14 consecutive semesters.
  • UK athletes have broken or tied the school record for graduation rate every year since the NCAA established that statistic in 2005.
  • In May, it was announced UK tied a school record with six teams earning a national top-10 percent award in the NCAA Academic Progress Rate. UK has never incurred a penalty in the 15-year history of the APR.

Kentucky representatives:


Student-Athlete – Sport – Major

Alex Degen – Baseball – Finance

Rookland Ellington – Baseball – Elementary Education

William Gambino – Baseball – Marketing

French Harmon – Baseball – Economics

Tanner Holen – Baseball – Kinesiology

Brendan Hord – Baseball – Civil Engineering

Dillon Marsh – Baseball – Accounting

Hunter Rigsby – Baseball – Undeclared

Jaren Shelby – Baseball – Communication

Brandon Sulzer – Baseball – Marketing

Tyler Herro – Men's Basketball – Undeclared

Keldon Johnson – Men's Basketball – Undeclared

Alexander Payne – Men's Basketball – Undeclared

Reid Travis – Men's Basketball – Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Nae Nae Cole – Women's Basketball – Social Work

Blair Green – Women's Basketball – Kinesiology

Sabrina Haines – Women's Basketball – Journalism

Gabriel Szalay – Men's Cross Country – Kinesiology

Zachary Wachs – Men's Cross Country – History

Trevor Warren – Men's Cross Country – Management

Rachel Boice – Women's Cross Country – Biology

Isabella Galvez – Women's Cross Country – Undeclared

Kaitlyn Lacy – Women's Cross Country – Accounting

Lainey McKinley – Women's Cross Country – Kinesiology

Sarah Michels – Women's Cross Country – Journalism

Kelli Walsh – Women's Cross Country – Finance

Brenden Bates – Football – Marketing

Zachary Berezowitz – Football – Economics

Tyler Couch – Football – Sociology

Max Duffy – Football – Psychology

Colin Hartmann – Football – Management

Shawn Lawson – Football – Undeclared

Quintin Wilson – Football – Management

Cullan Brown – Men's Golf – Agricultural Economics

Alex Goff – Men's Golf – Management

Jay Kirchdorfer – Men's Golf – Undeclared

Ryan Bender – Women's Golf – Undeclared

Rikke Svejgård Nielsen – Women's Golf – Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology

Casey Ott – Women's Golf – Psychology

Josephine Angeny – Gymnastics – Media Arts and Studies

Anna Haigis – Gymnastics – Psychology

Cally Nixon – Gymnastics – Psychology

Arianna Patterson – Gymnastics – Digital Media and Design

Richard Clark – Rifle – Kinesiology

Ruby Gomes – Rifle – Psychology

John Michael Bandy – Men's Soccer – Clinical Leadership and Management

Elijah Borneo – Men's Soccer – Kinesiology

Daniel Evans – Men's Soccer – Finance

Nicolai Fremstad – Men's Soccer – Economics

Cole Guindon – Men's Soccer – Marketing

Clay Holstad – Men's Soccer – Chemical Engineering

Jack Hudson – Men's Soccer – Community and Leadership Development

Colin Innes – Men's Soccer – Finance

Brock Lindow – Men's Soccer – Computer Engineering

Marcel Meinzer – Men's Soccer – International Studies

Robert Screen – Men's Soccer – Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology

Cameron Dade – Women's Soccer – Undeclared

Hannah Leonard – Women's Soccer – Accounting

Gretchen Mills – Women's Soccer – Undeclared

Emma Shields – Women's Soccer – Marketing

Sarah Siekkinen – Women's Soccer – Civil Engineering

Hikari Yamada – Women's Soccer – International Studies

Allie Zerr – Women's Soccer – Biology

Renee Abernathy – Softball – Human Health Sciences

Jaci Babbs – Softball – Mathematical Economics

Kennedy Cowden – Softball – Sociology

Kayla Kowalik – Softball – Finance

Briona Rance – Softball – Kinesiology

Meghan Schorman – Softball – Management

Tatum Spangler – Softball – Animal Sciences

Olivia Ward – Softball – Communication

Kyle Barker – Men's Swimming and Diving – Kinesiology

Louis Barker – Men's Swimming and Diving – Management

Daniel Blake – Men's Swimming and Diving – Mechanical Engineering

Trent Lakes – Men's Swimming and Diving – Accounting

Savannah DuPuis – Women's Swimming and Diving – Psychology

Riley Gaines – Women's Swimming and Diving – Human Health Sciences

Isabella Gati – Women's Swimming and Diving – Kinesiology

Parker Herren – Women's Swimming and Diving – Political Science

Kyndal Knight – Women's Swimming and Diving – Marketing

Kelly Rodriguez – Women's Swimming and Diving – Marketing

Sophia Sorenson – Women's Swimming and Diving – Marketing

Caroline Szydlowski – Women's Swimming and Diving – Public Health

Parth Aggarwal – Men's Tennis – Management

Kevin Huempfner – Men's Tennis – Economics

Theo McDonald – Men's Tennis – Management

Fabian Penzkofer – Men's Tennis – Finance

Joseph Jardine – Men's Track and Field – Undeclared

Jacob Smith – Men's Track and Field – Journalism

Joshua Sobota – Men's Track and Field – Undeclared

Tatiana Aholou – Women's Track and Field – Political Science

Molly Leppelmeier – Women's Track and Field – Computer Science

Devine Parker – Women's Track and Field – Psychology

Abby Steiner – Women's Track and Field – Kinesiology

Kamilah Williams – Women's Track and Field – Journalism

Gabby Goddard – Volleyball – Human Health Sciences

Cameron Scheitzach – Volleyball – Kinesiology

Alli Stumler – Volleyball – Elementary Education

Lauren Tharp – Volleyball – Special Education

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