21 Gauchos Named to Fall 2013 Big West Academic All-Conference Team

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A total of 21 UC Santa Barbara student-athletes were named to the Big West Academic All-Conference team for the Fall 2013 season, it was announced by the league on Thursday.

The women's soccer team led all Gaucho programs with seven honorees. Men's soccer wasn't far behind with six, while both cross country programs (three apiece) and the women's volleyball program (two) was named as well.

The inclusion of so many Gauchos highlights the strong committment UCSB student-athletes have shown in the classroom, as well as on the playing field. UCSB boasted an 85% NCAA graduation rate for the 2012-13 year, an all-time high and second best in the UC system.

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. 

The seven players from the women's soccer team named included Allie Ariniello (senior, cell development biology major), Lindsay Gankema (senior, sociology), Paige Gankema (senior, sociology), Taylor Gehring (senior, communication), Kelly McGrath (junior, environmental studies), Indiana Mead (junior, environmental studies), and Beth Ritter (sophomore, undecided).

Men's soccer honorees included Duncan Backus (sophomore, film and media studies), Fifi Baiden (senior, sociology), Goffin Boyoko (senior, global studies), Mathew Glodack (senior, computer science), Charlie Miller (sophomore, political science), and Peter Schmetz (senior, glocal studies).

Six student-athletes from the cross country made the cut for the team, including Maxine Goyette (sophomore, biological science), Alison Palmer (junior, environmental studies), Sarah Schreck (sophomore, biological science), Andrew Farkas (sophomore, chemistry and psychology), Bradford Littooy (sophomore, chemistry), and Anthony Monroy (sophomore, biological science).

Rounding out UCSB's student-athletes were Ali Santi (junior, feminist studies) and Jaylen Villanueva (sophomore, undecided) from the women's volleyball squad.

To view the entire Fall 2013 Big West Academic All-Conference Team, click here.