St. Louis, Mo., August 1, 2014 – Washington University in St. Louis had 19 student-athletes named to the sixth annual University Athletic Association (UAA) Presidents Council Scholar-Athlete Team, as announced by the conference office.
This year's team is comprised of 89 student-athletes representing all eight UAA member institutions across 12 men's sports and 10 women's sports. To achieve this recognition, a student-athlete must earn first-team all-Association honors and carry a 3.50 or greater cumulative GPA during that playing season.
Emory University led the way in the eight-team conference with 21 selections, followed by Washington U. (19), University of Chicago (14), Carnegie Mellon University (11), New York University (11), Case Western Reserve University (eight), University of Rochester (three) and Brandeis University (two).
Washington University has led the conference in selections in three of the six years, with a school-record 22 on the inaugural team in 2009. Washington U. also had a conference-best 19 in 2011 and 20 in 2012.
Headlining Washington University's selections were five repeat honorees: junior Lucy Cheadle (cross country, track & field), senior Anna Etherington of women's track and field, senior Jeffrey Hirsh (men's tennis), senior Maggie Ingell of softball and junior Zack Kessinger (baseball). Etherington and Ingell both earned the honor for the third-straight year.
Also earning the distinction were junior Tim Bartholomew (football), senior Kate Doyle (women's soccer), sophomore Alex Hallwachs (football), senior Jessica Johnson (women's soccer), sophomore Mitch McMahon (football), junior Connor Meneough (football), sophomore Jackie Nelligan (volleyball), junior Drew Padgett (cross country, track & field), junior Matt Palucki (men's basketball), junior Garrett Patrick (men's cross country), junior Brendan Stone (track & field), junior Lillie Toaspern (women's soccer), senior Seth Wight (football) and junior Adrienne White (softball).
The UAA Presidents Council created this special recognition in 2009. The original recommendation to establish this honor came from the UAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was supported by the Athletic Administrators and Delegates Committees.