UCSB Lands 53 Student-Athletes on the Winter, Spring Academic All-Big West Teams

UCSB Lands 53 Student-Athletes on the Winter, Spring Academic All-Big West Teams

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A total of 53 UC Santa Barbara student-athletes across 10 programs were named to the Big West Academic All-Conference teams for the 2016-17 winter and spring seasons, the league announced Thursday.

The women's track and field team led the way with 19 honorees, with the men's track and field program adding eight. Softball (five honorees), baseball, women's tennis, women's water polo (four apiece), men's basketball, men's tennis (three apiece), women's basketball (two) and golf (one) all registered student-athletes on the prestigious team as well.

To be eligible for the Big West Academic All-Conference team, student-athletes are required to maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, complete one full academic year at the member institution prior to the season for which the award is being received (at least a sophomore academically), and compete in at least 50 percent of their team's competitions.

Baseball and softball pitchers as well as track and field athletes competing in the Big West Championship are exempt from participation requirements. 

To view the complete Winter Academic All-Big West Team, click here. To view the complete Spring Academic All-Big West Team, click here.

All of UCSB's 2016-17 winter and spring honorees are listed below.

UCSB Winter & Spring Academic All-Big West Members
Women's Basketball (2)


Academic Year Major


Coco Miller

So. Pre-Psychology

San Clemente, Calif.

Sarah Porter

Jr. Sociology

San Diego, Calif.

Men's Basketball (3)
J.D. Slajchert Jr. Pre-Sociology Oak Park, Calif.
Gabe Vincent Jr. Religious Studies Stockton, Calif.
Sam Walters Sr. Pre-Biology Soquel, Calif.
Baseball (4)
Austin Bush Jr. History Turlock, Calif.
Chris Clements Sr. Communication Pacific Grove, Calif.
Dempsey Grover Sr. Political Science Modesto, Calif.
Tommy Jew So. Pre-Mathematics San Ramon, Calif.
Softball (5)
Kristen Clark Sr. Microbiology Danville, Calif.
Veronika Gulvin So. Pre-Psychological & Brain Sciences Goleta, Calif.
Jacqueline Hinojosa Sr. Global Studies Los Altos, Calif.
Whitney Pemberton So. Pre-Economics and Accounting Downey, Calif.
Ashley Wright Jr. Pre-Psychology San Marcos, Calif.
Men's Golf (1)
Nick Swanson Jr. Pre-Economics and Accounting Huntington Beach, Calif.
Men's Tennis (3)
Chase Masciorini Jr. Global Studies Dana Point, Calif.
Morgan Mays Sr. Film & Media Studies Malibu, Calif.
Cody Rakela Jr. Pre-Sociology Santa Cruz, Calif.
Women's Tennis (4)
Melissa Baker Sr. Biopsychology Simi Valley, Calif.
Natalie Da Silveira Jr. Global Studies Sao Paulo, Brazil
Jaimee Gilbertson Sr. Political Science Noosa, Australia
Stephanie Yamada So. Pre-Communication Sydney, Australia
Men's Track & Field (8)
Callan Cochran So. Pre-Biology Laguna Beach, Calif.
Blake DeHaven Jr. Communication El Cajon, Calif.
James Douglass Jr. Pre-Biology Shorewood, Wis.
Lee Duncan Sr. Economics and Accounting Long Beach, Calif.
Carlos Guijarro Jr. Art Palmdale, Calif.
Austin Lay So. History Morro Bay, Calif.
Stephen Leach Sr. Philosophy Carmel, Calif.
Zach Nichols So. Undecided San Jose, Calif.
Women's Track & Field (19)
Betsy Armitage Sr. Biopsychology San Diego, Calif.
Hope Bender Jr. Pre-Biology Newport Beach, Calif.
Brianna Cheeks So. Pre-Biology San Lorenzo, Calif.
Puck DeRoos So. Pre-Biology Saratoga, Calif.
Sierra Emrick So. Environmental Studies Los Osos, Calif.
Alanna Epps So. Pre-Sociology Fairfield, Calif.
Kiely Gode Sr. Biology Auburn, Calif.
Jenna Hinkle Jr. English Cottonwood, Calif.
Kaitlin Large Sr. Global Studies San Marcos, Calif.
Kelsey O'Connell Sr. Economics & Accounting San Diego, Calif.
Hannah O'Connor Sr. Feminist Studies Irvine, Calif.
Cassidy Peng So. Pre-Music La Verne, Calif.
Miranda Ross So. Communication Tacoma, Wash.
Alivia Schlueter Jr. Global Studies Chicago, Ill.
Tori Usgaard Sr. Chemistry Dana Point, Calif.
Celeste Utley Sr. Biopsychology Arcadia, Calif.
Madison Wallace Sr. Sociology Granite Bay, Calif.
Tori Yanco Jr. Environmental Studies Dana Point, Calif.
Women's Water Polo (4)
Sarah Kreiser Jr. Pre-Psychology Santa Margarita, Calif.
Annie Mortimer Jr. Global Studies Newport Beach, Calif.
Taylor Shore Sr. Sociology Corona, Calif.
Jenna Solberg Sr. Sociology Torrance, Calif.