The names of 61 University of Kansas athletes appeared on the Big 12 Conference’s 2020-21 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team, with 13 first-year Jayhawks earning a 4.0 grade point average.
KU had the third-most honorees in the Big 12, trailing Texas’ 96 and West Virginia’s 63.
The 13 KU freshmen who finished their first full years of college and competition with a perfect 4.0 GPA were: Angelina Arinze (track and field), Sophia Buzard (softball), Kara Church (swimming and diving), Kate Dreyer (soccer), Shira Elinav (soccer), Bradley Freidel (track and field), Kaitlyn Gee (softball), Lauren Gryboski (swimming and diving), Elise McGhie (volleyball), Molly Schultz (volleyball), Emma Steiner (rowing), Reis Vernon (football) and Kate Wienke (rowing).
The rowing team had a KU-best 13 athletes on this year’s Academic All-Big 12 Rookie team, while the track and field team had 11.
Big 12 athletes are nominated for the honor by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services. Honorees must be incoming freshmen who completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial coursework, while achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Plus, the athletes must have participated in at least one of their team’s contests and been on the roster for the entire season.
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