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USD student-athletes reach the top of the Summit League Distinguished Scholars list

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota had a league-high 65 student-athletes named Academic All-League Distinguished Scholars for the winter and spring seasons the Summit League announced Thursday, June 14.

A total of 482 Summit League student-athletes from baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, softball, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s track & field were recognized as Distinguished Scholars.

In order to be named a Distinguished Scholar, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.60 grade-point average in the semester in which they compete and must use a year of athletic eligibility.

Student-athletes who qualified for the winter/spring list who earned a 4.0 for the spring semester included seniors Emma Ladwig (Gayville, S.D.), Lizz Hoffman (Eureka, S.D.) and Ryan Krysl (Omaha, Neb.); juniors Alexa Duling (Gregory, S.D.), Nicole Funck (Dakota Dunes, S.D.), and Megan Meyer (Bismarck, N.D.), sophomore Jeff Mettler (Eureka, S.D.); and freshmen Janice Baumberger (Indianapolis, Ind.), Jillane Doom (Wagner, S.D.), Brant Haase (Lemmon, S.D.), Josee Jansen (Sioux City, Iowa) and Tyler Sternhagen (Yankton, S.D.).

Additional information as well as a complete list of all Summit League student-athletes honored as All-League Distinguished Scholars can be found at

* denotes number of previous selections

Men’s Basketball

Jack Foley, Fr., Biology, Centerville, S.D.

Louie Krogman, Sr., History, White River, S.D.

Women’s Basketball

Pam January, Jr., Health Sciences, Richfield, Minn.

Lisa Loeffler, Fr., Kinesiology, Maplewood, Minn.

Ashley Olson, Fr., Physical Therapy, Blue Earth, Minn.

Annie Roche, Sr., Biology, Vermillion, S.D.

Kelly Stewart, Fr., Contemporary Media, Columbus, Neb.

Jodie (Boss) Wachal, Sr., Art, Columbus, Neb.

Alexis Yackley, Jr., Pre-Medicine, Onida, S.D.

Men’s Swimming and Diving

**Ryan Krysl, Sr., Omaha, Neb., Biological Sciences

Lukas Maier, Sr., Psychology, Norfolk, Neb.

*Thad Stoddard, Sr., Natural Resources/Conservation, Douglas, Wyo.

Dane Van Arkel, Sr., Mathematics, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Women’s Swimming and Diving

Mariah Anderson, So., Undeclared, Kearney, Neb.

Raynee Buckley, Jr., Visual/Performing Arts, Omaha, Neb.

Kate Dailey, Fr. Kinesiology/Sport Science, Kansas City, Kan.

**Lizz Hoffman, Sr., English (Pre-Med), Eureka, S.D.

**Jackie Kahnke, Jr., Psychology, Shakopee, Minn.

*Stacie Kjelden, Jr., Undeclared, Vermillion, S.D.

Molly Knowles, Fr., Elementary Education, Lockport, Ill.

Paige Stavely, Fr., Psychology, Hemlock, Mich.

Women’s Tennis

Nina Barudzic, Fr., Journalism, Kraguevac, Serbia

Michelle Elkin, So., Undeclared, Omaha, Neb.

Veronika Makashov, Jr., Physical Therapy, Richmond Hill, Ontario

Yamini Reddy, Fr., Business, Bangalore, India

Maddy Warder, So., Undeclared, Sioux City, Iowa

Men’s Track and Field

Parker Erickson, So., Recreation, Gayville, S.D.

Brant Haase, Fr., Health Sciences, Lemmon, S.D.

Brandon Kovash, Jr., Psychology, Harrisburg, S.D.

Tyler Maxwell, Sr., Medical Technology, Tekamah, Neb.

Jeff Mettler, So., Biology, Eureka, S.D.

Jeff O’Connell, Fr., Physical Education, Philip, S.D.

Chad Pinkelman, Sr., Business Management, Norfolk, Neb.

Tad Schuurmans, Fr., Business, Tyndall, S.D.

Tyler Sternhagen, Fr., Pre-Med (Kinesiology), Yankton, S.D.

Tanner Willard, Sr., Pre-Medicine, Belle Fourche, S.D.

Women’s Track and Field

Jessica Brandli, Jr., Physical Education, Rapid City, S.D.

Bethany Buell, So., Psychology, St. Louis, Mo.

Brittany Chambers, Sr., Psychology, Orangevale, Calif.

Tansha Clarke, So., Criminal Justice, St. Catherine, Jamaica

Jilliane Doom, Fr., Contemp. Media/Journalism, Wagner, S.D.

Alexa Duling, Jr., Biology, Gregory, S.D.

Molly Ervin, Fr., Undeclared, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Amber Ewers, Fr., Undeclared, Columbus, Neb.

Christina Georgas, Jr., Political Science, Rapid City, S.D.

Ashleigh Giese, So., Criminal Justice, Marshall, Wis.

Emily Grove, Fr., Undeclared, Pontiac, Ill.

Kasey Hohl, Sr., Health Science, Sioux City, Iowa

Josee Jansen Fr. Physical Therapy Sioux City, Iowa

Alena Laber, So., Health Science, Parkston, S.D.

Emma Ladwig, Sr. Psychology Gayville, S.D.

Megan Meyer, Jr., Pre-Physical Therapy, Bismarck, N.D.

Carol Miller, Jr., Health Science, Mead, Neb.

Lindsey Montileaux, Fr., Health Science, Tea, S.D.

Kristin Steffen, So., Pre-Physical Therapy, Crofton, Neb.

Britni Waller, So., Contemporary Media/Journalism, Lincoln, Neb.

Men's Golf

Ty Munneke, Jr., Business, Champlin, Minn.

Nolan Schmidt, So., Political Science, Avoca, Iowa

Woman's Golf

Janie Baumberger, Fr., Pre-Med (Psychology), Indianapolis, Ind.

Nicole Funck, Jr., Health Services, Dakota Dunes, S.D.


Missy Blackburn, Jr., Health Science, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Allie Daly, Fr., Undecided, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Paige Policky, So. Physical Therapy, Lincoln, Neb.

Katelyn Wudel, So., Elementary Education, Elmhurst, Ill.

Bre Zmolek, Sr., Recreation, Brookings, S.D.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
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