8 Hawkeyes Named to National Academic Squad

March 15, 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Eight members of the University of Iowa field hockey team have been named to the 2010 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Collegiate National Academic Squad. 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 2010-11 academic year.

Senior Chelsea Miller, junior Becca Spengler, sophomores Sarah Drake and Kathleen McGraw, and freshmen Karli Johansen, Danielle Peirson, Niki Schultheis and Marike Stribos all received the honor. Drake and McGraw both earned the accolade for the second time in their careers, while Spengler garnered the honor for the third time.

“The Iowa field hockey program is privileged to have a group of student-athletes that are passionate about representing the athletic program in a top notch manner in the classroom,” said head coach Tracey Griesbaum. “The diligence needed to excel in both arenas does not go unnoticed. We are very proud of this accomplishment and will continue to strive for academic excellence.”

Forty-seven percent of Iowa’s team (eight out of a possible 17 members) were named to the team. The eight Hawkeyes are the most Iowa has had named to the squad the last five years.