Gauchos Second-to-None with 29 Big West Fall All-Academic Honorees

Gauchos Second-to-None with 29 Big West Fall All-Academic Honorees

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – A total of 29 UC Santa Barbara student-athletes were named to the 2018 Big West All-Academic Team, the conference announced late last week.

UCSB had four more student-athletes honored on the 2018 All-Academic Team than in 2017, when 25 Gauchos were named. The 29 members this year put UCSB in a tie with UC Davis for most in the Big West, as fellow UC schools UC Davis, UC Irvine and UC Riverside all had 29 as well to pace the conference.

To earn Big West All-Academic status, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, complete one full academic year at the institution prior to the season for which the award is being given (true freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible), and participate in at least 50% of the team's contests. Men's and women's cross country student-athletes are able to fulfill the participation requirement by competing in the Big West Championship.

Among UCSB's programs, women's volleyball shined as seven of its 11 eligible All-Academic players were named to the team. Women's soccer contributed the most overall with eight, while men's soccer had six. Men's and women's cross country rounded things out with four honorees each.

A record total of 224 student-athletes from the league's nine member teams and associate men's soccer member Sacramento State were named to the fall squad. To view the complete 2018 Fall Academic All-Big West Team, click here.

All of UCSB's honorees are listed below.

UCSB Fall 2018 All-Big West Honorees
Women's Volleyball (7)

Name

Academic Year Major

Hometown

Rowan Ennis Jr. Environmental Studies Virginia Beach, Va.
Annie Hasselmann Sr. Psychology San Diego, Calif.
Kobie Jimenez So. Film & Media Studies Ventura, Calif.
Emilia Petrachi Sr. Biological Sciences Modena, Italy
Charlie Robinson Jr. Communication Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Lexi Rottman Sr. Sociology Santa Barbara, Calif.
Lindsey Ruddins Sr. Sociology Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Women's Soccer (8)
Jessica Clegg Sr. Environmental Studies San Diego, Calif.
Sophia Dertorossian Jr. Sociology San Mateo, Calif.
Mallory Hromatko Sr. Sociology Danville, Calif.
Ryan Kokoska Sr. Environmental Studies Carmel, Ind.
Sydney Magnin Sr. Sociology Temecula, Calif.
Christine Maurer So. Undecided Temecula, Calif.
Jessica Parque Sr. Sociology Pacifica, Calif.
Cate Post So. Undecided Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Men's Soccer (6)
Joseph Ammer Sr. Economics Dornwang, Germany
Noah Billingsley Jr. Undecided Wellington, New Zealand
Kaya Fabbretti So. Pre-Economics San Jose, Calif.
William Gillingham So. Pre-Political Science Auckland, New Zealand
Mateo Restrepo-Mejia Jr. Pre-Biology Toronto, Canada
Ignacio Tellechea Jr. Global Studies Madrid, Spain
Women's Cross Country (4)
Madison Meade So. Environmental Studies Roseville, Calif.
Miranda Ross Sr. Communication Tacoma, Wash.
Sienna Serrao Jr. Communication Dana Point, Calif.
Victoria Yanco Sr. Environmental Studies Dana Point, Calif.
Men's Cross Country (4)
James Douglass Sr. Mathematical Sciences Shorewood, Wis.
Bryan Johnson Jr. Mechanical Engineering Encinitas, Calif.
Nick Randazzo So. Environmental Studies Ventura, Calif.
Thomas Wilfert So. Economics & Accounting Dana Point, Calif.