Rob Woods, a mechanical engineering major (in the College of Engineering), was honored with the Top Gun Award.

Rob Woods Is Top Student-Athlete Honored for Academic Excellence

May 18, 2006

Irish senior football player Rob Woods earned top honors Monday night at the 14th annual Academic Excellence Awards Dinner organized by the University of Notre Dame’s Office of Academic Services for Student-Athletes and sponsored by the Athletics Department.

The dinner, held in the Monogram Room of the Joyce Center on April 10, honored 324 student-athletes who possess a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average or higher. Also honored were the student-athletes on each varsity team with the highest cumulative GPA (athletic trainers, managers and cheerleaders included), plus the teams with the highest combined GPAs in each semester.

Fernand “Tex” Dutile, professor in the University’s Law School and current chairman of the Faculty Board on Athletics, served as guest speaker.

Woods (from Atlantic, Iowa), a mechanical engineering major (in the College of Engineering), was honored with the Top Gun Award as the graduating senior with the highest cumulative GPA (3.953).

The Irish team with the highest GPA for the spring semester of 2005 with a 3.400 was the women’s track team. The team with the highest GPA (3.510) for the fall semester of 2005 was the women’s cross country squad.

Eleven student-athletes graduated following the spring semester of 2005 and received 4.0 GPAs in that final semester: Christi Arnerich (Track – Huntington Beach, Calif.), Kelli Barton (Swimming – Scottsdale, Ariz.), Mary Boland (Soccer – Hudson, Ohio), Rebecca Chimahusky (Fencing – Bartlesville, Okla.), Jacqueline Dammann (Manager – Manning, Iowa), Petra Dankova (Track – Kladno, Czech Republic), Elizabeth Franzosa (Manager – Cincinnati, Ohio), Stanley Revelle (Football – Poplar Bluff, Mo.), Casey Rotella (Golf – Keswick, Va.), Brent Weiss (Baseball – Cockeysville, Md.) and Kevin Wiseman (Golf – South Bend, Ind.).

Three student-athletes received their second 4.0 in the spring 2005 semester: Brian D’Arcy (Hockey – Western Springs, Ill.), John Stephens (Soccer – Woodridge, Ill.) and Elizabeth Webster (Track – Dearborn, Mich.).

Five student-athletes received their first 4.0 in the spring 2005 semester: Patrick Davis (Swimming – Clearwater, Fla.), Maryann Erigha (Track – Stone Mountain, Ga.), Wade Iams (Football – Mishawaka, Ind.), Sunni Olding (Track – Minster, Ohio) and Michael Popejoy (Track – Wheaton, Ill.).

Four student-athletes received their second or third 4.0 marks in the fall 2005 semester: Ashley Jones (Soccer – Westlake Village, Calif.), Grant Osborn (Athletic Trainer – Monroe, N.H.), Elizabeth Webster (Track – Dearborn, Mich.) and Robert Woods (Football – Atlantic, Iowa).

Eight student-athletes received their first 4.0 in the fall 2005 semester: Erika Bohn (Soccer – Brookfield, Conn.), Mary Carpenter (Women’s Lacrosse – Rochester, N.Y.), John Daly (Cross Country/Track – Louisville, Ky.), Kathryn Dobbertin (Manager – Rochester, N.Y.), John Goetz (Fencing – Jericho, Vt.), Martin Mooney (Football – Cincinnati, Ohio), Susan Pinnick (Soccer – South Bend, Ind.) and Todd Ptacek (Cross Country/Track – Benton Harbor, Mich.).

The Chuck Linster Award, given annually to a senior member of the support

group (athletic trainers, cheerleaders, and student managers) with the highest

GPA, went to hockey student manager David Preston (Ft. Collins, Colo.) with a 3.922 average. Preston plans to return to Notre Dame to pursue a master’s degree in accountancy. Linster was a photographer for the athletic department for years, filming many practices and games.

The following student-athletes received awards for achieving the highest cumulative GPA on their athletic teams (each student-athlete must have completed or be a member of the team for three semesters):

Sport Name Hometown Major GPA
* Baseball Edward Smith Olympia, Wash. Spanish 3.636
* Basketball Christopher Murphy Downers Grove, Ill. Finance 3.317
Amanda Tsipis Perry, Ohio Finance/Psychology 3.588
* Cross Country Michael Popejoy Wheaton, Ill. Philosophy/Theology 3.822
Sunni Olding Minster, Ohio Science/Pre-Professional 3.958
* Fencing Craig Brede Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Finance 3.681
Jack Goetz Jericho, Vt. Mechanical Engineering 3.681
Colleen Walsh Monticello, Ill. Anthro./Bio. Sciences 3.891
* Football Robert Woods Atlantic, Iowa Mechanical Engineer 3.953
* Golf Edward Peckels Pinehurst, N.C. Business 3.533
Lauren Gebauer Columbus, Ohio Anthropology/Pre-Prof. 3.688
* Hockey Brian D’Arcy Western Springs, Ill. Arts and Letters 3.956
* Lacrosse William Liva Bryn Mawr, Pa. Accountancy 3.702
Mary Carpenter Rochester, N.Y. Psychology/Pre-Prof. 3.936
* Rowing Clara Park Seoul, Korea Biochemistry 3.842
* Soccer John Stephens Woodridge, Ill. Economics 3.804
Ashley Jones Westlake Village, Calif. Business 3.974
* Softball Katharine Laing Chandler, Ariz. Business 3.462
* Swimming Patrick Davis Clearwater, Fla. Computer Science 3.795
Julia Quinn Evanston, Ill. Classics/Latin 3.867
Georgia Steenberge Granbury, TX Arts and Letters 3.804
* Tennis Lauren Connelly Oklahoma City, Okla. Marketing 3.691
Brandon Pierpont St. Petersburg, Fla. Business 3.419
* Track/Field Ryan Regula Johnstown, Pa. English 3.814
Maryann Erigha Stone Mountain, Ga. Sociology/Comp. Apps. 3.794
* Volleyball Adrianna Stasiuk Park Ridge, Ill. Business 3.687
* Ath.Training Daniel L’Heureux Oak Park, Ill. Biological Sciences 3.862
* Cheerleading Christine Williford Kountze, Texas Accountancy 3.754
* Managers David Preston Ft. Collins, Colo. Accountancy 3.922

The fall 2005 semester saw 101 Dean’s list selections among 654 student-athletes, while 93 achieved that status for the spring 2005 semester.

Other fall 2005 semester highlights included:
* For the first time all 24 teams had semester GPAs over 3.000.
* Four teams – women’s cross country, hockey, women’s soccer and women’s tennis – had team GPAs over 3.400.
* Five teams — baseball, men’s basketball, football, hockey and women’s soccer – had their highest fall semester averages ever. Those same five teams also currently have their highest cumulative teams GPAs ever.
* Six student-athletes already have earned Academic All-America honors in 2005-06 – Erika Bohn (women’s soccer), Annie Schefter (women’s soccer), Megan Duffy (women’s basketball) and Chris Quinn (men’s basketball) won first-team honors, while John Stephens (men’s soccer) and Lauren Brewster (volleyball) won second-team honors.