Eight Eastern Florida State College Teams Recognized for Academic Success by NJCAA
By Michael Parsons, Eastern Florida State College // July 13, 2022
finished in the top 20 in team grade point average
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Eight Eastern Florida State College teams finished in the top 20 in their individual sports in team grade point average among junior colleges in the nation.
The women’s basketball team had a banner year on and off the court as the team was second in the nation with a 3.74 GPA. The Titans were behind just Barton Community College as the top team in the nation as the Cougars had a 3.79 GPA this season.
The women’s basketball program made its first appearance in the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament this past year, reaching the Elite Eight of the tournament.
The Titans finished 28-5 on the season. In the classroom, Jillian Schenk was a first-team All-Academic member for the second straight season.
Joining Schenk with a 4.0 GPA were L’or Eyeba Mputu, Sarah Winkler, and Shadaria Smith. Kristina Goncharuk, Hanna Mebius Svensson, Tatiana Beaumont, and Rapuluchi Ngorka made the second team while Sophia Ojhammar, Rosa Redondo, and Kaitlyn Sanders were named to the third team.
Ngorka was also named an NJCAA Division I All-America First Team.
The men’s tennis team placed tied for sixth in the nation among men’s tennis teams with a 3.54 GPA. Meridian Community College also finished with a 3.54 GPA.
The Titans had seven players named to All-Academic teams as Jaewoo Choi made the first team for the second straight year with a 4.0. Joining Choi on the first team was Gustavo Goncalves.
Corentin Venot, Ramiro Rincon, and Lluc Pascal Camps made the second team and Lucas Gonzalez and Enric Porcar were on the third team.
On the court, the Titans placed seventh in the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament.
Gonzalez was also named to the ITA JUCO All-America team for his work on the court.
The women’s soccer team won the NJCAA Division I National Championship title on the field this season and tied for sixth in the nation in the classroom.
The women’s soccer team finished with a team GPA of 3.55, tying Delta College, Ofxord College of Emory University, and Eastern Wyoming CC.
Draide Freitas made the first team for the second straight year with a 4.0 GPA while teammates Courtney Butlion and Alexia Spencer joined her on the first team this season.
Isla Brown, Lydia Carroll, Jessica DeBiasse, Marthe Taugbol, Hannah Mariscal, Jessica Martin, Sofie Soerum, Kirsty Woodacre, and Amaya Quintal made the second team with Kurumi Arakawa, Laura Cetina, and Lena Stevens making the third team.
The women’s soccer team won their first national championship in the fall and Kurumi Arakawa was named an NJCAA First Team All-American while teammates Cetina, DeBiasse, and Woodacre were named to the United Soccer Coaches All-America team.
The men’s golf team finished with a 3.19 GPA which is tied for seventh overall in the nation. Ryan McMillan made the first team with a 4.0 GPA while teammate Matt Gauntlett made the second team and John Houchin and Pontus Torgner were named to the third team.
The men’s golf team played in the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament for the 19th straight season, placing fifth overall. Houchin was also named an NJCAA First Team All-American.
The men’s soccer team finished 10th overall in the nation with a 3.31 GPA.
Leandro Santoro and Luis Sonvegas both finished with a 4.0 GPA and made the first team while Larry Lewis made the second team and Owen Armor, Sam Bayly, Ridley Braid, Rolando Onu, Preston Price, and Justin Sexton all made the third team.
The men’s basketball team tied for 12th overall in the nation with a 3.25 GPA with Glendale Community College. Lovre Zaja was named to the All-Academic second team while Roberts Berze, Brody Boyer, and Rron Ukaj made the third team.
The Titans finished with 22 wins and were the co-conference champions.
The women’s golf team placed 13th in the nation with a 3.39 GPA as a team. Women’s golfer Gabrielle Fernandez made the first team for the second straight season.
Teammates Olivia Timpy and Jasmine Yang made the third team. The women’s golf team made their first appearance in the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament, placing sixth overall.
The women’s tennis team was 19th in the nation with a team GPA of 3.39 this season.
Kanna Kobayakawa finished with a 4.0 GPA and made the first team while teammate Helena Jokanovic made the second team and Kayla Greco and Ksenia Krupnyakova were named to the third team.
“What a tremendous testament about our student-athletes excelling in the classroom and on the court/field,” Eastern Florida State College Associate Vice President of Athletics Jeff Carr said.
“Our coaches deserve a lot of credit as well for pushing our student-athletes to perform at the highest level on both platforms! Amazing accomplishments!”
The men’s tennis team was named one of the Florida College System Activities Association’s Male Academic Teams of the Year earlier thi
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