Some 40 Fresno Pacific University student-athletes were named to the 2017-18 Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) Academic Achievement Awards list August 20, 2018. These awards recognize the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the NCAA Division II level.

“We continue to place a high emphasis on academics, so to see this many of our student-athletes recognized for their hard work in the classroom is an exciting thing for our department,” Director of Athletics Aaron Henderson said. “Sunbird athletics continues to soar to new heights, and we are hoping for even more of our athletes to receive academic awards in the future.”

In total, 10,219 student-athletes from 165 institutions, including all 14 members of the PacWest Conference in which FPU competes, received awards. Of the 14 sports for which FPU fielded teams in 2017-18, 13 had students-athletes on the list, with women’s swimming and diving leading the way with seven honorees.

“As an officer for the D2 ADA Board, it has pleased me to see the number of student-athletes recognized for their academic achievements continue to increase,” said D2 ADA President Jim Johnson, director of athletics at Pittsburg State University. “This program is a point of pride for our current D2 ADA member institutions and a great way for their student-athletes’ achievements to be recognized nationally. On behalf of the D2 ADA, we congratulate and celebrate these academic distinctions and are proud of your accomplishments.”

In order to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the student-athlete must have:

  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college-level work
  • Been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year

FPU honorees


Jarrett Anton

Derek Arkelian

Bryan Honley

Men’s basketball

Jake Straughan

Women’s basketball

Bree Alvarez

Barbara Keomany

Megan Lee

Women’s cross country

Jonnie Montano

Men’s soccer

Bruno Brumati

Loren Friesen

Women’s soccer

Rachel Anderson

Vanessa Casillas

Brittney Chow

Jordyn Ryfiak

Men’s track and field

Clint Harris

Jaeden Herms

Scott Hickam

Joshua Valenzuela

Women’s track and field

Allie Austin

Brie Couseault

Annie Regier


Greta Dobenecker

Christina Tran

Men’s swimming and diving

Austin Hussain

Kyle Jones

Caleb McGough

Collin Moore

Bryce Peden

Kyle Sugimoto

Women’s swimming and diving

Leah Allen

Rhoda Anderson

Bavindeep Basra

Daria Belova

Hannah Freeman

Madison McGinnis

Olga Tovstogan

Men’s water polo

Erik Brown

Garrett Pickford

Women’s water polo

Julia Ponce

Sam Witt

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Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations