76 Rams Named 2016-17 D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award Winners

76 Rams Named 2016-17 D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award Winners

CLEVELAND – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) Athletic Department had 76 student-athletes named 2016-17 recipients of the Academic Achievement Award by the Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA). The Academic Achievement Award is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level. The news was announced via a D2 ADA press release.

In order to be eligible for the accolade, a student-athlete must: (1) have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, (2) have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work and (3) have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year.

In total, a record 10,644 student-athletes from 183 institutions were recognized for the 2016-17 Academic Achievement Awards.

Jefferson led the way for Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) institutions with 76 student-athletes honored.

Including the Rams, there were 12 CACC schools recognized by D2 ADA including: Bloomfield, Caldwell, Chestnut Hill, Dominican, Felician, Georgian Court, Goldey-Beacom, Holy Family, Post, USciences and Wilmington), accounting for 467 student-athletes.

About D2 ADA
The D2 ADA is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities; enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics; and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of Division II athletics directors. For more information about the D2 ADA, please visit www.div2ada.com. The D2 ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 53rd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.


First Name Last Name Sport
Andrew Dark Baseball 
Ryan Gonzalez Baseball 
Joseph Iannuzzi Baseball 
Daniel Klusman Baseball 
David McTaggart Baseball 
Ronald Pellegrino Baseball 
Michael Louden Men's Basketball 
Sergei Cendo Men's Cross Country/Track
Ethan Fadale Men's Cross Country/Track
Alec Fixl Men's Cross Country/Track
Peter Mahal Men's Golf
Nicholas Nguyen Men's Golf
Jacob Williams Men's Golf
Dermot Hughes Men's Soccer 
Rashaan Robe Men's Soccer 
Andrew Sauers Men's Soccer 
James Tesoriero Men's Soccer 
Jacobo Atri Salame Men's Tennis
Stephen DeBlasio Men's Tennis
Gianna Bliss Softball 
Gabrielle Brown Softball 
Kayla Henry Caltabellotta Softball 
Megan Letos Softball 
Mariah Pease Softball 
Kathryn Sullivan Softball 
Shannon Weaver Softball 
Daniela Cintron Lauzurique Volleyball 
Rachel Day Women's Basketball 
Valez Jackson Women's Basketball 
Kelsey Jones Women's Basketball 
Jacqueline McCarron Women's Basketball 
Erin Rafter Women's Basketball 
Erin Maher Women's Basketball/Softball
Naomi Scharf Women's Cross Country 
Madeline Conway Women's Cross Country/Track 
Gypsy Blue Cooper Women's Cross Country/Track 
Victoria Frisbie Women's Cross Country/Track 
Victoria Hochuli Women's Cross Country/Track 
Erin Raup Women's Cross Country/Track 
Maria Santangelo Women's Cross Country/Track 
Jessica Thies Women's Cross Country/Track 
Stephanie Watson Women's Cross Country/Track 
Laura Dunne Women's Lacrosse 
Katherine Gallivan Women's Lacrosse 
Alyssa Matthews Women's Lacrosse 
Courtney Shaw Women's Lacrosse 
Sarah Doelp Women's Rowing 
Kara Dutko Women's Rowing 
Ahna Huss Women's Rowing 
Kaitlin Johnson Women's Rowing 
Delaney Lynam Women's Rowing 
Maria Soledad Romero Women's Rowing 
Martina Saad Women's Rowing 
Leah Sweitzer Women's Rowing 
Rachael Tobinus Women's Rowing 
Parisse Dawkins Women's Soccer 
Jada Fields Women's Soccer 
Morgan Foster Women's Soccer 
Michelle Gagnon Women's Soccer 
Brooke Haden Women's Soccer 
Amy Heller Women's Soccer 
Deanna Messner Women's Soccer 
Marissa Morazes Women's Soccer 
Katie Neveil Women's Soccer 
Tessa Nykanen Women's Soccer 
Erin Tinneny Women's Soccer 
Usha Baublitz Women's Tennis
Jala Hamada Women's Tennis
Tabitha Porter Women's Tennis
Carly Ragan Women's Tennis
Mariana Teixeira Sampaio Women's Tennis
Lindsey Carl Women's Track 
Rachel Meier Women's Track 
Alexandra Harrington Women's Volleyball 
Rebecca Lutterschmidt Women's Volleyball 
Emily Pilla Women's Volleyball 


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