LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Five Michigan Intecollegiate Athletic Association softball teams and 68 individual student-athletes received academic accolades Oct. 2 from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, as the national coaches organization recognized the recipients of Easton/NFCA Academic teams and Easton/NFCA Scholar-Athlete honors.
All five teams were in the top 75 nationally among NCAA Division III programs, with Hope College ranking 13th nationally to lead the MIAA representatives. To note, Alma, Calvin, Hope, and Kalamazoo all moved up in the standings compared to last year's ranking.
Individually, 68 MIAA student-athletes met the academic standard set by the NFCA. Alma led the MIAA with 17 individual selections, followed by Hope's 16. Adrian (14) and Saint Mary's (10) also had double-figure honorees.
The rankings and honors recognize the academic prowess of softball teams across the Association’s membership categories. NCAA Division III led the way with 1,928 student-athletes earning a 3.5 grade-point average or higher for 2018-19.
MIAA Softball Teams honored by NFCA
Adrian College, 71st, 3.380 GPA - Team Page Link
Alma College, 47th, 3.470 GPA - Team Page Link
Calvin University, 54th, 3.429 GPA - Team Story Link
Hope College, 13th, 3.605 GPA - Team Page Link
Kalamazoo College, 52nd, 3.430 GPA - Team Story Link
MIAA Softball Players honored by NFCA
Adrian - Emily Baldus, Bailey Bennett, Madison Budde, Katherine Connolly, Paige Cubberly, Hope Kapelanski, Krista Lynch, Alaina Macksoud, Bethany Perry, Destiny Rogers, Infinity Rogers, Taylor Shimp, Keira Stampfly, Natalia Younan - Team Page Link
Albion - Estacia Martinez, Felicia Maximiuk, Haley Maynard, Rebecca Rodriguez, Claudia Sbaschnik - Team Page Link
Alma - Kendall Bird, Bry Chapman, McKenzie Creed, Skylar Crisenbery, Amanda Efaw, Hannah Fleming, Jazmine Hamm, Kennedy Koenigsknecht, Teah Lint, Averi Munro, Madyson Piche, Chelsea Schweiger, Jenna Steinhoff, Hadyn Terwilliger, Riley Terwilliger, Morgan Trout, Cassidy Tucker - Team Page Link
Calvin - Abi Colon, Maddie DeGroot, Anna Gernant, Bri Leegwater, Grace Stock, Josie Wagner - Team Story Link
Hope - Janelle Baar, Claire Bates, Kaelin Callow, Krista Carter, Matalynn Cook, Amanda Diaz, Jordyn Diaz, Chloe Haskins, Noelle Jackson, Morgann Kanouse, Arinn King, Madison Nise, Shay Pinhey, Avery Slancik, Shelby Steele, Whitney Wegener - Team Page Link
Kalamazoo - Hayleigh Alamo, Alyssa Heitkamp, Andrea MacMichael, Ashley Schiffer, Nina Szalkiewicz, Maija Weaver - Team Story Link
Saint Mary's - Alyssa Gutierrez, Krystal Harris, Miranda Hettinger, JoAnna Keilman, Kelsey Keilman, Madelynne Keller, Megan Knudsen, Olivia Lathers, Natalie Quinlan, Sydney Swartz - Team Page Link