WASHINGTON - Fiona Caulfield and Rohan Singh earned top honors during the 2018 Student-Athlete Academic Reception on Wednesday, as the two seniors prepare to close their undergraduate careers with the top GPA's in their class.
"You are the rare student-athletes who not only strive for excellence in this pressured environment, but balance what you do across your lives," said director of athletics and recreation Dr. Billy Walker. "The proper balance that you strike cultivates a virtuous experience instead of an experience that is transformed into the vices of excess and obsession. You represent what is right about intercollegiate athletics, and I appreciate that greatly."
A total of 26 student-athletes were recognized as the top 10 percent of academic achievers in the AU Athletic Department, holding an impressive 3.86 cumulative GPA or higher. The event, attended by student-athletes, coaches, administrators and campus leaders including AU President Sylvia Burwell and Provost Scott Bass, was held at Constitution Hall on American's new East Campus.
"You are here because you have applied the best of yourselves to the task," President Burwell said. "Not just on the field, on the court, or in the pool, but in the classroom as well. And it has required an incredible amount of hard work and dedication. Your dedication to your sport, knowing that success doesn't come easily and takes persistence and steady practice, and most of all your dedication to your future, is part of what this event is celebrating. I am proud to say that you are part of this community and so proud of the results that you have gotten from that dedication."
Caulfield and Singh, both members of the Eagles' swimming and diving teams, were individually honored for maintaining the top cumulative GPA's in the senior class. Singh, a native of London, England, maintained a 3.86 cumulative GPA and will graduate with his degree in international studies. After joining the team during his sophomore year, he earned spots on two Patriot League Honor Rolls and helped the team to two Scholar All-America awards from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
Caulfield, a diver from Alamo, Calif., will finish with a degree in psychology after earning an impressive 3.98 cumulative GPA. A three-time Academic All-Patriot League honoree, she was also selected to three PL Academic Honor Rolls and helped lead the women's program to four CSCAA Scholar All-America Team honors.
The full list of AU student-athletes honored at the reception:
Fiona Caulfield, Women's Swimming & Diving
Shannon Exley, Women's Swimming & Diving
Kira Flaherty, Women's Soccer
Rohan Singh, Men's Swimming & Diving
Annaka Groschinski, Field Hockey
Maura Jacobs, Field Hockey
Elina Koskimies, Women's Basketball
Madie Light, Women's Soccer
Gabriela Maldonado, Women's Soccer
Garrett Clifford, Wrestling
Emily Houghton, Women's Cross Country, Track
Amy Krotine, Women's Soccer
Morgan Lang, Women's Soccer
Kaitlyn Marenyi, Women's Basketball
Victoria Mattson, Women's Soccer
Tim Neumann, Men's Soccer
Anthony Wokasch, Wrestling
Alex Brosvik, Women's Swimming & Diving
Ellen Johnson, Women's Swimming & Diving
Tori Kent, Women's Soccer
Daniel Kidd, Wrestling
Ellie Kight, Women's Swimming & Diving
Meagan Mitchell, Field Hockey
Liam Riebling, Men's Swimming & Diving
Cole Spofford, Men's Soccer
Olivia Wassner, Volleyball