Eleven Frogs Earn NCEA Academic Accolades

April 12, 2017

FORT WORTH, Texas - Eleven TCU equestrian student-athletes earned NCEA accolades for their performance in the classroom, as announced Wednesday.

Senior Kari Hancock was named to the American Quarter Horse Association NCEA Academic First Team, the third time for her to do so. She is a biochemistry major.

Second team members include sophomore Marah Huston and senior Carley Montemuro. This is Huston's first time earning academic accolades from the NCEA. For Montemuro, this is the first time being named to the second team, but last season was named honorable mention.

Seniors Brooke Boyle and Megan McMullen along with junior Jayme Omand were named Honorable Mention. For Boyle, this is the third time earning the accolade. McMullen is earning the accolade for the first time; Omand is earning it for the second.

Madison Billings, Mady Fithian, Kayla McCarthy, Jada Taylor and Conner West earned the honor of being named to the American Paint Horse Association NCEA Academic Honor Roll. This is the second time being named to the honor roll for junior Conner West. For junior Fithian and sophomores Billings, McCarthy and Taylor, this comes as the first time earning the accolade.

First team members consist of those who have maintained at least a 3.5 GPA, while second team and honor roll require a 3.25 and honorable mention requires a 3.0. Participation must be at 70 percent of meets for first team, 60 percent for second, and 50 percent for honorable mention. They must have earned the required GPA cumulatively over the previous spring and fall semesters while maintaining full-time enrollment.

This is the first year that the AQHA and APHA have sponsored the NCEA academic awards. Previously the academic awards were known as the Beval Saddlery Academic Teams and the La Hacienda Academic Honor Roll.



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