Northwood Student-Athletes Make GLIAC Academic Teams

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The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) has announced the 2012 Spring All-Academic Teams and Academic Excellence Teams.

MIDLAND, MI – The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) has announced the 2012 Spring All-Academic Teams and Academic Excellence Teams for baseball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s tennis and softball. Many student-athletes from Northwood University have been recognized for their dedication to athletics and academics.

The criteria for the teams state that student-athletes must be active members on the team roster at the end of the season and carry cumulative grade point averages (GPA) of 3.00-3.49 for the All-Academic Teams and 3.50-4.00 for the Academic Excellence Teams. First-year freshmen and first-year transfer student-athletes are not eligible.

The following Northwood University students received these honors:

All-Academic Teams:

Baseball: Cory Colucci, a junior from Rochester; A.J. DeOliveira, a senior from Midland; Jake Labrecque, a senior from Battle Creek; Blaine Paden, a senior from Plymouth; Ryan Palmer, a senior from Saginaw; Cody Rogers, a junior from Saginaw; and Pat Schlenke, a junior from Novi.

Men’s Golf: Tony Ceccolini, a red-shirt freshman from Ann Arbor; Matt Ostby, a senior from Mt. Morris; Nick Prokop, a senior from Novi; and Jacob Squier, a junior from Waterford.

Women’s Golf: Amee Cox, a sophomore from Liverpool, England.

Men’s Outdoor Track and Field: Michael Beard, a senior from Novi; Travis Blunt, a junior from Sebewaing; Casey Potts, a junior from Standish; Jacob Squier, a senior from Waterford; Chris Wierengo, a sophomore from Rockford; and Kyle Woodyard, a sophomore from Ypsilanti.

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field: Marsadise Cinato, a sophomore from Warren; Amanda McManus, a junior from Canton; Krystal Harvey, a sophomore from Garden City; Megan Murdoch, a junior from DeWitt; Caili Powelson, a junior from Riverdale; Marina Resto, a junior from Wyandotte; Brittany Robichaud, a sophomore from Monroe; and Kayti Simonson, a senior from Calgary, Alberta.

Men’s Tennis: Florian Boggia, a sophomore from Montauban, France; and Marcus Oliveira, a junior from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Softball: Marisa Borkowski, a junior from Sterling Heights; Rachel Hammer, a junior from Commerce; Lindsey Martin, a sophomore from Granger, Indiana; Brittany Merner, a sophomore from Solon, Ohio; Paige Shields, a junior from St. Clair Shores; and Malinda Smith, a sophomore from Saginaw.

Academic Excellence Teams:

Baseball: Austin Rinard, a senior from Homer; Jordan Snider, a junior from Bay City; and Zach Zoellner, a sophomore from Traverse City.

Men’s Golf: Shawn Johnson, a junior from Midland; Grant Peffer, a senior from Mt. Pleasant; and Blair Turner, a junior from Midland.

Women’s Golf: Lauren Lenkowski, a senior from Batavia, Illinois; and Megan Rogers, a junior from Howell.

Men’s Outdoor Track and Field: Michael Heim, a sophomore from Traverse City; Craig Kommel, a sophomore from Sumner; Doug Lander, a junior from Dryden; and Mark Stawowy, a senior from Sterling.

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field: Kristin Cameron, a student attending the DeVos Graduate School from Algonac; Mary Canze, a junior from Midland; Lauren Deneweth, a sophomore from Romeo; Lauren Gagnon, a senior from Waterford; Rachel Hettinger, a senior from Owosso; Brittany O’Hora, a junior from Midland; Madison Pines, a junior from Troy; Heather Rhodes, a senior from Lockport, New York; and Savannah Stedman, a senior from Ortonville.

Softball: Kelsey Beck, a sophomore from Pinconning; Stacey Klonowski, a sophomore from Canton; Olivia Nicholas, a sophomore from Chesterfield; and Erica Weiler, a sophomore from Bay City.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day and evening programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.