A handful of CHHS students were among the 96 student-athletes named to the Academic All-Mountain West Team for the spring 2017 semester. In order to be eligible, student-athletes must have maintained a 3.0 G.P.A. or better and played a significant role in their athletic team.

Among that list, 20 received the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete honors – reserved for those that maintained a 3.5 G.P.A. or better and played in a varsity competition.

Student-athletes receiving honors include:


  • Zach Ashford – Kinesiology
  • Korby Batesole – Kinesiology
  • Marc Reece – Public Health

Women’s Basketball

  • Kristina Cavey – Kinesiology
  • Breanne Knishka – Kinesiology
  • Emilie Volk – Kinesiology
  • Candice White – Pre-Nursing

Women’s Golf

  • Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir – Kinesiology


  • Chase Lee Hong – Kinesiology
  • Christina Rodriguez – Kinesiology

Swimming and Diving 

  • Hailee Baldwin – Communicative Sciences
  • Vanessa Dugan – Health Science
  • Samantha Giannetta – Kinesiology
  • Esme Gullick – Kinesiology
  • Shelbie Holden – Nursing
  • Hannah Jarvis – Kinesiology
  • Gabbie Libang – Health Science
  • Rachel Rosenthal – Kinesiology
  • Kelly Simmons – Communicative Sciences

Men’s Tennis 

  • Patrik Pech – Kinesiology

Women’s Tennis 

  • Olivia Noble – Kinesiology

Women’s Track and Field

  • Breanna Covington – Pre-Athletic Training
  • Maia Pogorevc – Kinesiology
  • Cristal Rivera – Kinesiology
  • Taylor Samson – Kinesiology

Fresno State tied with Wyoming as having the third most Academic All-Mountain West team selections.

Earlier this semester, members of the women’s swimming and diving team were recognized in the Fresno Bee for their exemplary academic and athletic performance , including nursing major, Shelbie Holden, and Speech-Language Pathology graduate student, Hailee Baldwin – both of whom received 4.0 G.P.A.’s.

Another former student-athlete in the spotlight is Ricky Tyler Thomas, a social work major who was recently drafted into the Major League Baseball to play for the Chicago Cubs. He can be seen in Fresno State Athletics’ promo, Just The Ticket: