April 20, 2005

Notre Dame, Ind. – Senior men’s golfer K.C. Wiseman (South Bend, Ind.) earned top honors at the 13th Annual Academic Excellence Awards Dinner held on April 11. The event is organized by the University of Notre Dame’s Office of Academic Services for Student-Athletes and sponsored by the Athletic Department.

The dinner, which was held in the concourse of the Joyce Center, honored 416 student-athletes who possessed a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or higher. Also honored were the student-athletes on each varsity team with the highest cumulative GPA (trainers, managers and cheerleaders included), plus the team with the highest combined GPAs in each semester.

Wiseman was honored with the Top Gun Award as the graduating senior with the highest cumulative GPA. A tri-captain on the 2004-05 Irish men’s golf team, he has played in six tournaments this year and is enjoying his best season ever with a career-low 76.53 stroke average. The best performance of his career came when he competed as an individual at the Eastern Illinois Invitational last October, tying for third place with a career-best score of seven-over par 223. In addition, he has been an outstanding performer in the classroom, owning a 3.954 cumulative grade-point average as a pre-med major in the College of Science. He has earned Dean’s List honors in each of his first seven semesters at Notre Dame, accumulating perfect 4.0 GPAs in three of the past five semesters (fall 2002, fall 2003, spring 2004). Wiseman received a prestigious Lilly Grant to attend Notre Dame, following a stellar athletic and academic career at Riley High School in South Bend, where he was a four-time all-conference pick and finished first in his class, as well as being tapped as one of three class valedictorians.

Cited for earning perfect 4.0 grade point averages for the 2004 spring semester were: Kelli Barton (swimming, Scottsdale, Ariz., political science), David Bemenderfer (football, Mishawaka, Ind., management systems), Kimberly Fletcher (volleyball, St. Louis, Mo., anthropology and computer applications), Elizabeth Garcia (women’s swimming, Denver, Colo., accounting), Benjamin Hatten (tennis, Potomac, Md., economics), Jacqueline Heap (women’s track, Kansas City, Kan., sociology and Spanish), David Hochstetler (swimming, Bremen, Ind., aerospace engineering), Jessica Kinder (volleyball, Fresno, Calif., psychology and sociology), Daniel L’Heureaux (athletic trainer; biology; Oak Park, Ill.), John Mathieson (hockey, Clarksville, Md., aerospace engineering), Leah Nedderman (volleyball, Grapevine, Tex., English and sociology), Megan Sanders (rowing, Kendalville, Ind., mathematics and pre-professional studies), Steve Sollman (baseball, Cincinnati, Ohio, marketing), Kathleen Welsh (rowing, Medford, N.J., pre-professional studies and political science), Joan Williams (trainer, Pasadena, Calif., biological science) andWiseman (golf, South Bend, Ind., science pre-professional).

Earning a 4.0 GPA for the ’04 fall semester were: Rebecca Chimahusky (fencing, Bartelesville, Okla., political science), Jacqueline Dammann (athletic trainer, Manning, Iowa, sociology), Brian D’Arcy (hockey, Western Springs, Ill., First Year of Studies), Zach Goodrich (manager, Williamsport, Pa., biology), Samantha Glass (rowing, Deerfield, Ill., political science and history), Kristin Henkel (rowing, Manchester, Conn., psychology), Ashley Jones (soccer, Westlake, Calif., First Year of Studies), Timothy Loh (cross country, Fairfield, Conn., American Studies), Brian Sheehan (soccer, Denver, Colo., First Year of Studies), John Stephens (soccer, Woodbridge, Ill., economics), Elizabeth Webster (cross country, Dearborn, Mich., psychology), Brent Weiss (baseball, Cockeysville, Md., finance) and Megan Wilson (cheerleader, Greenfield, Ind., science pre-professional).

Goodrich was presented with the fourth annual Chuck Linster that recognizes a senior cheerleader, trainer or manager with the highest GPA. He will attend veterinary school next year at the University of Pennsylvania.

The teams with the highest combined GPAs were women’s tennis in the spring of ’04 with a 3.552 and women’s cross country in the fall of ’04 with a 3.490.

The highest individual GPAs by sport were: Kelli Barton (women’s swimming, Scottsdale, Ariz., theology and political science), Mary Boland (women’s soccer, Hudson, Ohio, psychology), Greg Bosl (men’s basketball, Syosset, N.Y., finance), Rebecca Chimahusky (women’s fencing, Bartlesville, Okla., political science), Brent D’Amico (men’s tennis, Castle Rock, Colo., finance), Petra Dankova (women’s track and field, Kladno Czech Republic, political science), Patrick Davis (men’s swimming, Clearwater, Fla., computer science), Meghan Duffy (women’s basketball, Dayton, Ohio, psychology and computer applications), Lauren Gebauer (women’s golf, Columbus, Ohio, pre-professional and anthropology), Samantha Glass (rowing, Deerfield, Ill., political science and history), Ben Hess (men’s cross country, Lititz, Pa., accounting and mathematics), Daniel L’Heureaux (trainder, Oak Park, Ill., biology), William Liva (men’s lacrosse, Bryn Mawr. Pa., Mendoza College of Business), T.J. McNally (men’s fencing, Fredericksburg, Va., Film, Television and Theater), Meghan Murphy (women’s lacrosse, Centennial, Colo., anthropology and pre-professional studies), Leah Nedderman (volleyball, Grapevine, Texas), English and sociology), Jason Paige (hockey, Saginaw, Mich., Mendoza College of Business), David Preston (manager, Fort Collins, Colo., accounting), Ryan Regula (men’s track and field. Johnstown, Pa., English), Edward Smith (baseball, Olympia, Wash., history), Jennifer Smith (women’s tennis, Charlotte, N.C., sociology and computer applications), John Stephens (men’s soccer, Woodbridge, Ill., economics), Natalie Tenner (women’s fencing, Lubbock, Texas, English), Elizabeth Webster (women’s cross country, Dearborn, Mich., psychology), Nicole Wicks (softball,Renton, Wash., film, television and theater), K.C. Wiseman (men’s golf, South Bend, Ind., science pre-professional), Megan Wilson (cheerleading, Greenfield, Ind., science pre-professional) and Robert Woods (football, Atlantic, Iowa, mechanical engineering).