National Student Athlete Day Honorees

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Photo Courtesy of UCSD Athletics

UC San Diego honored 12 of its student-athletes on April 5 in honor of National Student Athlete Day. The National Consortium for Academic and Sports established National Student Athlete Day in 1987. When recognizing UCSD student-athletes, Director of Athletics Earl Edwards and Senior Associate Athletic Director Ken Grosse noted that UCSD athletes’ average GPA is often higher than the schoolwide average. The accomplishments of these students on and off the field, court, track, or pool contribute to the high-caliber university that is UCSD.

Jaimie Bryan – Women’s Swimming & Diving

College: Muir

Major: physiology and neuroscience, senior

GPA: 3.68

Accolades: Four-year NCAA Championship qualifier, 100 and 200 breastroke All-American

Cameron McElfresh – Men’s Soccer

College: Revelle

Major: nanoengineering, senior

GPA: 3.56

Accolades: First team All-American goalkeeper, CCAA Defensive Player of the Year

Mateusz Kucz – Men’s Golf

College: Earl Warren

Major: economics, junior

GPA: 3.71

Accolades: Two-time CCAA All-Academic, helped UCSD earn Johnson Shootout tournament title

Kendall Baker – Softball

College: Thurgood Marshall

Major: human development, junior

GPA: 3.85

Accolades: Second team All-CCAA second baseman (sophomore year), starter in all 26 games this year

Eric Tseng – Men’s Tennis

College: Eleanor Roosevelt

Major: cognitive science, junior

GPA: 3.84

Accolades: Three-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete, has always been either No. 1 or No. 2 singles player

Haley Anderson – Women’s Basketball

College: Marshall

Major: human development, senior

GPA: 3.66

Accolades: Helped lead team to 2017 CCAA regular season championship, three-time CCAA All-Academic

Alec Flowers – Men’s Volleyball

College: Marshall

Major/Year: economics, senior

GPA: 3.61

Accolades: 2016 MPSF All-Academic, Triton Athletics Council member

Justin Zhang – Men’s Tennis

College: Muir

Major/Year: human biology, junior

GPA: 3.90

Accolades: No. 3 singles player, CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team

Kristin Semancsin – Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field

College: Revelle

Major/Year: chemical engineering, junior

GPA: 3.79

Accolades: UCSD’s second finisher at the 2017 CCAA Championships, CCAA and USTFCCA All-Academic

Lauren Boyer – Women’s Water Polo

College: Sixth

Major/Year: literature/writing, senior

GPA: 3.60

Accolades: 2016 Second Team All-WWPA, 177 career goals

Malek Bashti – Men’s Soccer

College: Muir

Major/Year: microbiology, junior

GPA: 3.77

Accolades: All-CCAA honorable mention, CCAA All-Academic

Lauren Iannetta – Women’s Rowing

College: Roosevelt

Major/Year: history, senior

GPA: 3.43

Accolades: Second varsity eight boat gold medalist at the 2016 WIRA Championships, bronze medalist in 2015

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