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14 Cardinals combine to earn 21 MIAC academic honors

WINONA, Minn. — Ashley Luehmann (Lewiston, Minn.) led the list of 14 Saint Mary's University student-athletes named to the 2005-06 Winter-Spring Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference Team, it was announced Wednesday.

The MIAC recognized 352 student-athletes who represent the conference’s 13 institutions. Student-athletes must be a sophomore, junior or senior, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale to qualify for MIAC Academic All-Conference recognition. Athletically, student-athletes in basketball, hockey, baseball, softball and tennis must compete in 50% of their team’s varsity regular season contests. Swimming & diving and track & field student-athletes must qualify for the conference finals to be eligible.


Luehmann earned academic all-conference honors in women's basketball, as well as indoor and outdoor track and field, and was one of six dual-sport student-athletes on the MIAC team. Fellow track and field members Emily Bartusek (Albert Lea, Minn.), Amanda Weinmann (Rochester, Minn.), Ellen Koranda (Blue Earth, Minn.) and Autumn Valk (Appleton, Wis.) were named to both the indoor and outdoor academic teams, while Nikki Jung (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) earned the MIAC's academic honor in both hockey and fastpitch softball.

Others named to the MIAC's Academic All-Conference team from SMU were: Melissa Launhardt (Schaumburg, Ill.) from women's basketball, Tom Stewart (Eden Prairie, Minn.) from men's hockey, Jessica Ribish (Elm Grove, Wis.) and Val Rodriguez (Woodbury, Minn.) from women's hockey, Jon Pace (Minocqua, Wis.) from men's indoor track and field, Kevin Black (Mahtomedi, Minn.) from baseball, and Jenny Schipp (Oakdale, Minn.) and Megan Wallisch (Loveland, Colo.) from fastpitch softball