GILBERT, Ariz. – For the 17th straight year, App State’s field hockey team was named a Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team recipient.
In addition, 18 App State student-athletes were named to the 2019 National Academic Squad while four Mountaineers garnered Scholar of Distinction honors.
App State was one of 73 Division I programs to earn the National Academic Team Award. To receive the honor, teams must have posted a 3.0 GPA or higher during the fall semester of the 2019-20 school year. The Mountaineers finished with a 3.44 team GPA in fall 2019, besting their 3.36 mark from fall 2018.
Since the award began in 2003, App State has been a National Academic Team recipient each year. Other programs that have accomplished this feat include schools such as Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn State and Yale.
Appalachian also tied a program record with 18 National Academic Squad honorees in 2019. Candidates for the National Academic Squad must have maintained a cumulative 3.3 GPA or higher through the first semester of the 2019-20 academic year.
Four Mountaineers — seniors Melissa Nobile, Kaley Selner, Michelle Taylor and Ali Williams — capped off their academic careers by becoming a four-time recipient.
Four student-athletes also garnered Scholar of Distinction designations after achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher through the fall semester. Freshmen Addie Clark and Pauline Mangold along with sophomores Brenna Schoenbachler and Anna Smarrelli were four of just 167 Division I student-athletes to earn Scholar of Distinction honors.
Schoenbachler notched her second Scholar of Distinction honor after receiving the accolade as a freshman in 2018.
At least 13 App State student-athletes have been named to the National Academic Squad each year since 2016.
NFHCA National Academic Team
- Melissa Nobile
- Kaley Selner
- Michelle Taylor
Veerle Van Heertum
- Ali Williams
- Four-year recipient
Scholars of Distinction