140 Spartan Student-Athletes Receive Academic All-MW Honors

Colorado Springs, Colo.— A record-number 140 San José State University student-athletes from 11 Spartan sports teams that competed in Spring 2021earned Academic All-Mountain West honors, as announced by the conference office.


The baseball team led the sports with the most award winners with 33 student-athletes. Five other teams had double-digit athletes honored – women’s soccer with 18, men’s track and field at 14, women’s track & field with 14, women’s swimming and diving with 13, and softball at 12.


Two Spartan student-athletes, Makayla Englestad from softball and Tamara Culibrk from women’s tennis, have the distinction of earning five Academic All-MW awards after the COVID shutdown in 2020 allowed them an extra year of eligibility for 2021.


Five other San José State student-athletes earned Academic All-MW honors for each of their four years at the school – Santiago Cantu (BASE), Wesley Clawson (BASE), Janessa Lozano (SB), Karlee Pottorff (WSOC), and Savannah Sendar (WTN). They join football players Jackson Burrill and Jack Snyder who also received four recognitions this academic year.


“I am very proud of our Spartans for excelling in the classroom with the many challenges presented to the learning environment as a result of the global pandemic.  These student-athletes shattered the bar by producing a record-breaking number of Academic All-Mountain West honors. They represent the type of well-rounded student-athletes that our coaches bring to San Jose, and One Spartan Nation should rejoice at the tremendous efforts displayed by our student-athletes in academics and athletics this semester and this year,” said San José State Director of Athletics Jeff Konya.

For the 2020-21 academic year, 215 Spartans earned academic all-conference recognition from the Mountain West (football – 41), Western Athletic Conference (men’s soccer – 6), Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (women’s water polo – 13) or the Golden Coast Conference (men’s water polo – 15).


To qualify for Academic All-MW, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic semester at the institution while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. The athletic contribution/participation requirement has been omitted for this award this year due to the impact of COVID-19.


In all, a league-record 2,048 student-athletes have been named to the spring 2021 Academic All-MW teams. Sports recognized include baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field and volleyball.


San José State University Academic All-Mountain West Award winners – Spring 2021 

Baseball (33)

$Alec Ackerman                     Senior                         Justice Studies

$Dalton Bowling                    Sophomore                Communication Studies

Kyle Bratset                           Freshman                   Business Administration/Management

$!#Santiago Cantu                 Senior                         Communication Studies

Keaton Chase                        Junior                         Economics

$!Jonathan Clark                   Junior                         Kinesiology

$!#Wesley Clawson               Senior                         Kinesiology

$!Jack Colette                         Senior                         Communication Studies

Carter Duncan                       Freshman                   Mechanical Engineering

$Trevor Ernt                          Sophomore                Kinesiology

Max Flower                            Graduate                    Master’s – Urban Planning

Jackson Forbes                      Freshman                   Kinesiology

$Robert Hamchuk                 Sophomore                Communication Studies

Theo Hardy                            Freshman                   Kinesiology

$Reece Hernandez                Senior                         Sociology

$Ruben Ibarra                       Junior                         Recreation, Tourism & Management

Darren Jansen                       Junior                         Sociology

Taylor Justus                         Sophomore                Kinesiology

!#Connor Konishi                  Senior                         Communication Studies

$Spencer Long                       Senior                         Sociology

Grant Martine                        Freshman                   Business Administration/Marketing

Charles McAdoo                    Freshman                   Communication Studies

$Ruben Mercado                   Senior                         Sociology

$Nicholas Morales                 Senior                         Communication Studies

Nelson Padilla                        Senior                         Sociology

$!Ben Polack                          Junior                         Business Administration/Finance

Corey Sanchez                       Sophomore                Business Administration/Management

Joe Sassi                                 Sophomore                Kinesiology

$James Shimashita                Junior                         Psychology

Matt Spear                      Freshman                   Justice Studies/Criminology

Will Tomlinson                      Graduate                    Master’s – Interdisciplinary Studies

$Nik Trapani                   Sophomore                Business Administration/Marketing

Josh Zanger                            Senior                         Business Administration/Management Information Systems


Men’s Basketball (6)

Harminder Dhaliwal             Sophomore                Business Administration/General Business

Kaison Hammonds                Junior                         Communication Studies

Nate Lacewell                        Freshman                   Business Administration/Management

Sebastian Mendoza               Freshman                   Kinesiology

$Omari Moore                       Sophomore                Kinesiology

Michael Ofoegbu                   Freshman                   Business Administration/Entrepreneurship


Men’s Golf (7)

R.J. Cesario                               Sophomore                Communication Studies

$Carl Corpus                          Sophomore                Business Administration/Corporate Accounting & Finance

$!Matt Heitel                          Junior                         Business Administration/General Business

$Caleb Shetler                       Sophomore                Aviation

Vijay Srinivasan                      Junior                         Business Administration/Finance

Kristopher Stiles                   Freshman                   Business Administration/Corporate Accounting & Finance

Luigi Wong                             Freshman                   Business Administration/Entrepreneurship


Women’s Golf (7)

$Kajsa Arwefjäll                    Sophomore                Business Administration/Finance

Louisa Carlbom                     Freshman                   Applied Mathematics

$Jadan Gonzalez                    Sophomore                Business Administration/Management

$!Antonia Malate                   Junior                         Communication Studies

$!Natasha Andrea Oon         Junior                         Business Administration/General Business

Jordyn Parr                            Freshman                   Business Administration/Management

Danielle Suh                          Freshman                   Kinesiology


Women’s Soccer (18)

Zoe Aguirre                            Junior                         Communication Studies

Batya Bagully                         Sophomore                Kinesiology

!#Bella Bowers                       Senior                         Chemical Engineering

Joanna Fernandez                 Sophomore                Forensic Science

Evan House                            Freshman                   Kinesiology

!Alexus Jackson                      Sophomore                Biological Sciences

Juliane Laurent                     Sophomore                Communication Studies

Jaiden McClellan                   Freshman                   Political Science

!Natalia Nava                         Junior                         Business Administration/Human Resources

Sabrina Nava                         Junior                         Justice Studies/Criminology

!#^Karlee Pottorff                 Senior                         Kinesiology

Jordan Rowell                        Freshman                   Undeclared

Sarah Santos                          Freshman                   Biological Sciences

!Sylvia Sloss                            Junior                         Business Administration/Management

!Madison Toomer                  Sophomore                Kinesiology

Sophia Viviani                        Freshman                   Kinesiology

!Sabrina Weinman                Sophomore                Kinesiology

!Jada Wilson                           Sophomore                Psychology


Softball (12)

$!Caroline Bowman               Senior                         Mechanical Engineering

$!#^Makayla Englestad        Senior                         Business Administration/Marketing

Jillian Figueroa                      Sophomore                Forensic Science/Biology

$Grace Garvey                       Senior                         Kinesiology

Jessica Giacoma                     Junior                         Business Administration/Marketing

$!Alyssa Graham                    Junior                         Public Health

Vicky Gutierrez                      Senior                         Communication Studies

$#^Janessa Lozano               Senior                         Justice Studies

Malia Luna                             Freshman                   Chemical Engineering

Arianna Miranda                   Junior                         Kinesiology

Jackie Rookaird                        Sophomore                Business Administration/Management

Jocylyn Vidal                          Sophomore                Business Administration/Finance


Women’s Swimming & Diving (13)

Ally Chislett                            Freshman                   Business Administration/Marketing

Alice Ciobanu                         Freshman                   Kinesiology

$!Daria Cocol                          Junior                         Business Administration/Corporate Accounting & Finance

Ida Due                                  Junior                         Kinesiology

Izzie Fraire                             Junior                         Nutritional Science

$Megan Green                       Senior                         Communication Studies

$!Madison Grimes                 Senior                         Liberal Studies

$!Makenna Mathieson          Junior                         Psychology

Reagan Mathieson                Freshman                   Biomedical Engineering

$!Shelby Mullendore            Junior                         Economics

$Rebecca Petoe                     Sophomore                BioChemistry

$!#Katrina Slivkoff                Senior                         Computer Science

$Negin Tehranian-Torghabeh                                 Senior Psychology


Women’s Tennis (8)

Jovana Babic                          Freshman                   Psychology

$!#^Tamara Culibrk             Graduate                    Master’s – Civil Engineering

$Lara Marco Mas                   Sophomore                Nutritional Science

Irena Muradyan                    Freshman                   Business Administration/Management

$!Alba Pedrero Galindo        Junior                         Business Administration/Management

$!#Savannah Sendar            Senior                         Business Administration/Finance

Raquel Villan Pereira            Freshman                   Chemistry

$Rozalina Youseva                Sophomore                Hospitality Management


Men’s Track & Field (14)

$Jalen Adams                         Sophomore                Radio, TV, Film

Xolan Brown                          Graduate                    Master’s – Interdisciplinary Studies

$Richard Dang                       Junior                         Kinesiology

$Cecil Ebiwok                        Senior                         Biological Sciences

Jordan Finister                      Senior                         Philosophy

Senai Gebrehiwet                  Junior                         Software Engineering

Peter Handy                          Sophomore                Electrical Engineering

Kyle Jankans                          Freshman                   Undeclared

$Aidan Jardon                       Graduate                    Master’s – Kinesiology

Matheu Johnson                    Freshman                   Industrial Technology

$Charles Price                       Senior                         Philosophy

Bryan Quintero                     Junior                         Biological Sciences

Christian Rodriguez              Freshman                   Sociology

Ty Seligman                           Freshman                   Biomedical Engineering


Women’s Track & Field (14)

$Sydney Bentley                   Sophomore                Psychology

!Kai Bohannon                       Senior                         Applied Mathematics

$Deborah Cornish                 Sophomore                Kinesiology

Jicel Fernandez                      Freshman                   English

Camilla Hanson                     Senior                         Biomedical Engineering

Kaiya Johnson                       Freshman                   Child & Adolescent Development

Nysiah LeGardye                   Junior                         Psychology

Sophie Liao                            Junior                         Sociology

Evelin Meza                           Junior                         Political Science

$Juliette Noyer                      Sophomore                Biomedical Engineering

Daniela Salazar-Salas            Freshman                   Kinesiology

Kylia Smith                            Graduate                    Master’s – Interdisciplinary Studies

Gabriela Spencer                   Freshman                   Justice Studies

Gracious Togiai                      Sophomore                Sociology


Volleyball (8)

Allyson Alden                         Freshman                   Psychology

Abby Alvarez                         Freshman                   Communicative Disorders & Sciences

Cameron Blakely                   Junior                         Justice Studies

Lauren Conroy                      Freshman                   Business Administration/Finance

!#Haylee Nelson                    Junior                         Kinesiology

Mia Schafer                            Freshman                   Child & Adolescent Development

!Sarah Smevog                       Junior                         Environmental Studies

!#Ryann Thomison                Senior                         Nutritional Science


$ – 2020 award winner

! – 2019 award winner

# – 2018 award winner

^ – 2017 award winner

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