January 17, 2013 

Gordon Vadakin
Phone (316) 978-7655
Fax (316) 978-6056
email - shocker.bowling@wichita.edu

Shockers Succeed in the Classroom 

WICHITA, Kan. – The National College Bowling Coaches Association has named the Academic All-American student-athletes for the season and Wichita State University has claimed 14 of them.

This season tied for the second highest amount of Academic All-Americans in Shocker history; last year consisted of 17 student-athletes who earned the title.

The honor is awarded to student-athletes who attain a GPA of 3.5 or higher on all course work.

This season seven men and seven women earned the respectable title.

“These student-athletes have individually reached the highest honor any college athlete can attain,” Head Coach Gordon Vadakin said. “For our program, with what we ask of our people, we could not be more proud of what they have accomplished.”

The following Lady Shockers earned the award for their dedication in the classroom. Seniors Jazreel Tan (Singapore) and Melissa Sobolik (Marion, Iowa) earned the award for a fourth consecutive year. Juniors Allie Ijams (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Tannya Roumimper (Bandung, Indonesia) and Kelsey Muther (Topeka, Kan.) also earned the Academic All-American title. This year marks the third time Ijams has received the award, the second time for Muther and first for Roumimper. 

Freshman developmental players Catherine Prather (Milton, Fla.) and Rachel Moe (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) also earned the Academic All-American title for their efforts in the classroom.

On the men’s side, Marcus Berndt (Malmo, Sweden) finished his four-year career with another Academic All-American title; a fourth for the senior. Sophomores Kenny Benoit (Topeka, Kan.) and Francois Lavoie (Quebec City, Canada) both earned the title for a second consecutive year. Freshmen Tyler Maxwell (Wichita, Kan.) and Zach Rhoades (Lafayette, Ind.) were first time recipients of the award.

Developmental players Matt Helmick (Rio Rancho, N.M.) and Ryan Bordewick (Garden City, Kan.) also earned the title; a second time achievement for Helmick and a first for Bordewick.

These student-athletes have exceled in their ability to manage time in the classroom and on the lanes.

Shocker student-athletes are encouraged to do their best both in the classroom and on the lanes, as both are fundamental aspects of the Shocker Bowling Program.

The Rhatigan Student Center has been the major financial and administrative supporter of the Wichita State University bowling program since 1959.