March 6, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State University field hockey has been recognized with the 2012 SGI/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award. The NFHCA also recognized nine athletes to its National Academic Squad and senior Corey Block as a Scholar of Distinction.
"The hard work and dedication the student-athletes put forth in the classroom is rewarded by seeing nine student athletes being named to the NFHCA academic squad,” said head coach Helen Knull. “As a program we stress the importance of academic time management. The life of a student-athlete is a busy one, so finding balance on and off the field is key. Academic coordinator, Jeremy Flynn and all the staff at the Clara Bell Smith center do a superb job mentoring and leading these young women. Michigan State is a model institution when it comes to student athlete support, something I know every student athlete at MSU is sincerely thankful for."
The National Academic Team Award recognizes those institutions that achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 during the fall semester of the 2012-13 academic year. This is the sixth consecutive year Michigan State was recognized for this award.
The National Academic Squad recognizes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2012-13 academic year. The nine team members to receive this recognition include: Abby Barker, Corey Block, Michelle Graham, Elizabeth Helffrich, Kristen Henn, Katherine Jamieson, Adelle Lever, Jessica Lindner and Mallory Tyler. Block, Helffrich, Henn and Lindner were named to the list for four consecutive years.
The Scholar of Distinction Award recognizes outstanding student-athletes that have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher through the first semester of the 2012-13. Block was one of 71 athletes in Division I to be acknowledged with the Scholar of Distinction Award.