To be eligible for selection to the MWC academic team, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and be a starter or significant contributor to the team.
Forty-three student-athletes earned MWC academic honors in 2001, including 16 repeat selections from the 2000 squad. Utah and UNLV each had a league-high 10 members on this year's MWC All-Academic team, followed by Brigham Young with seven, Colorado State and New Mexico with six each and San Diego State with four.
Following is a list of the 2001 Softball Academic All-Mountain West Conference selections grouped alphabetically by school (*notes repeat selection).
Name School Class GPA Major
Heather Bowlin Utah Freshman 3.77 Comm. Skills Teaching
Rebecca Culligan Utah Junior 3.70 Elementary Education
*Niki Hayhurst Utah Sophomore 3.25 Elementary Education
*Amberly Jeppson Utah Senior 3.59 Nursing
*Angela Kenney Utah Junior 3.75 Exercise & Sport Science
Cara Kosderka Utah Junior 3.15 Social Science Comp. Teach.
*Molly McLean Utah Junior 3.48 Behavioral Science & Health
Masako Ota Utah Freshman 3.85 Undeclared
Christa Pfeninger Utah Junior 3.22 Exercise & Sport Science
Melissa Stahnke Utah Freshman 3.38 Undeclared
*Angie Christiansen BYU Senior 3.40 School Health
Rebecca Erickson BYU Senior 3.30 Rec. Mgmt/Youth Leadership
*Mindy Hanson BYU Senior 3.49 Rec. Mgmt/Youth Leadership
*Lindsey Kelly BYU Senior 3.51 Psychology
Meghann Pricer BYU Senior 3.09 Sociology
Kari Pringle BYU Senior 3.07 Rec. Mgmt/Youth Leadership
Maryon Wallentine BYU Senior 3.44 School Health
Kathryn Benton CSU Sophomore 3.30 Health & Exercise Science
Arica Heisel CSU Senior 3.83 Biochemistry
*Kyla Kiester CSU Senior 3.60 Business Administration
Kathryn Koch CSU Sophomore 3.22 Pre-Technical Journalism
Amanda Kocis CSU Junior 3.01 Health & Exercise Science
Katie Stone CSU Senior 3.24 Health & Exercise Science
Michelle Carter New Mexico Junior 3.03 Political Science
*Tiffani L. Chambers New Mexico Junior 3.39 Criminology
*Marianna M. Fenelli New Mexico Senior 3.51 Accounting
*Kristina E. Keene New Mexico Senior 3.53 Exercise Technology
Hayley J. Punter New Mexico Freshman 3.00 Undeclared
*Cayley Warner New Mexico Junior 3.65 Nutrition & Dietetics
Sandra Durazo SDSU Senior 3.08 Criminal Justice Admin.
Janna Kovensky SDSU Freshman 3.38 Criminal Justice Admin.
Kelcy Murphy SDSU Freshman 3.24 Undeclared
Aubrey Ray SDSU Freshman 3.24 Business
Carrie Bayless UNLV Freshman 3.67 Hotel Administration
Bridget Byrne UNLV Freshman 3.88 Undeclared
Kacey Ellis UNLV Freshman 3.46 Psychology
*Linda Garza UNLV Senior 3.47 Health Education
*Racheal Goodpaster UNLV Senior 3.15 Criminal Justice
Deborah Hatch UNLV Senior 3.44 Marketing
*Melissa Inouye UNLV Senior 3.56 Fitness Management
Lisa Moses UNLV Freshman 3.65 Criminal Justice
Arica Painter UNLV Senior 3.23 Psychology
*Nicole Truax UNLV Junior 3.79 Communications
ATTENTION CONFERENCE SIDS: Send your academic all-conference softball teams to Larry Cain at the NFCA.