June 28, 2006

Butler Athletes Earn Spring Academic All-League Recognition

June 28, 2006

Thirteen Butler student-athletes representing six sports have been named to the 2006 Horizon League Spring Academic All-League teams. The 13 honorees were the third most selected at any league school, trailing only Youngstown State (18) and Detroit (15).

Senior Will Turner was named to the Academic All-League team in men's golf for the third consecutive year. Turner, a finance major who tied for first place at the 2006 Horizon League Men's Golf Championship, was joined on the Academic All-League team by teammate Michael Poteracki, a sophomore finance major.

Five athletes were selected from Butler's league champion men's tennis and women's golf teams. Senior Andy Bartish and junior Evan West, both chemistry majors, earned Academic All-League recognition in men's tennis for the second straight year. The women's golfers selected were junior Sarah Swanson, a finance major who made the All-Academic team for a second straight year, and sophomores Niki Garden and Paige McCracken. Garden is a pre-pharmacy major, while McCracken is majoring in English Writing.

Sophomore Jon Dages, a finance major who helped pitch Butler's baseball team to a runner-up finish at the 2006 Horizon League Baseball Championship, earned a spot on the All-Academic team in baseball, while junior Charles Ware and sophomore Kent Wories were selected in men's outdoor track and field. Ware is a chemistry major, while Wories is a finance major.

The women's outdoor track and field team matched the women's golf squad with three athletes named to the Academic All-League Team. Senior Katie Stuckey, a biology major, and sophomore Genni Gardner, who's majoring in communications disorders, each were honored for the second time this year. Both also made the Academic All-League team for indoor track and field. Also named from the outdoor team was sophomore Kristi Hertzler, a biology major.

The Horizon League recognizes student-athletes with Academic All-League teams in each of its 19 championship sports. To be eligible for Academic All-Horizon League consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or higher (based on a 4.00 scale) and have completed at least one year at the member institution, having earned 24 semester-hour or 36 quarter-hour credits.