Feb. 13, 2014
MADISON, Wis. - Five Golden Gophers are among 114 conference-member student-athletes named 2013-14 WCHA Scholar-Athletes Award recipients, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Thursday.
Junior Rachael Bona, sophomore Hannah Brandt, senior Bethany Brausen, junior Rachel Ramsey and senior Kelly Terry are Minnesota's honorees. Brausen and Terry are among 37 repeat honorees with Brausen earning the third WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award of her career.
"I'm proud of our players for the dedication they put into their studies," head coach Brad Frost said. "Their ability to excel on the ice and in the classroom speaks volumes to the kind of people they are. I couldn't be prouder to call them Gophers."
The WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award was developed through member team Faculty Representatives and approved by the conference membership for the 2005-06 season. To earn recognition as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, conference-member student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if his/her overall GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at his or her present institution.
Over the nine years of the award, there have now been more than 750 WCHA Scholar-Athlete honorees representing every men's and women's conference-member institutions. Thirty-eight of this season's 114 recipients are repeat honorees, with 10 of those 38 now being three-time honorees.
The 114 figure represents every conference-member institution and is the second highest number of recipients in one season, behind the 116 honored a year ago (2012-13).
The WCHA presented the awards through Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport (Chair, Board of Directors), St. Cloud State University Faculty Representative Bill Hudson (Chair, women's league), men's Commissioner Bruce McLeod and women's Commissioner Sara Martin.
"On behalf of the entire Western Collegiate Hockey Association family, we offer heartfelt congratulations to all of our men's and women's WCHA Scholar-Athletes for 2013-14," said Dr. Davenport, Hudson, McLeod and Martin in a joint statement. "Each year at this time, as our member teams are engaged in the heat of competition for championships and playoff positions, we have a special opportunity to publicly recognize the very best in our student-athletes.
"It is with a true sense of pride that we today acknowledge the tremendous time-commitment, effort and dedication put forth by these outstanding young men and women. Earning a WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award, and achieving this highest of scholastic honors among your peers, is a most fitting tribute. We wish each and every one of them all the success in the future."
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