Fifteen members of the West Virginia University women’s football team have been named to the All-Big 12 academy football team, as announced by the conference on Wednesday.
The Mountaineers’ 15 total winners are the most in a single season in program history, while the team’s 13 first-team members tie the program’s record, which was set in 2018 and again tied in 2020. Additionally, senior redshirt Grace Smith, junior Julianne Vallerand and sophomores Lilly McCarthy and Chloe Adler were named to the team with a GPA of 4.0.
Redshirt seniors Lauren Segalla (clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling) and Smith (business administration); seniors Jordan Brewster (general affairs) and Alina Stahl (general affairs); juniors Stephanie Chmiel (biomedical laboratory diagnostics), Juliana Lynch (global supply chain management), Kayza Massey (integrated communications), Nicole Payne (psychology), Gabrielle Robinson (global supply chain management) and Julianne Vallerand (criminology) and sophomores Adler (exercise physiology), Maya Ladhani (sports and adventure media) and McCarthy (business) were recognized in the first team.
The second team included senior Isabella Sibley (sports management) and junior Aaliyah Scott (general affairs).
Segalla distinguished herself on the Academic All-Big 12 team for the fourth time in her career, while Brewster, Smith and Stahl earned their third career nomination. Lynch, Massey, Payne, Robinson, Scott and Vallerand were recognized on the team for the second time, while five others – Sibley, Chmiel, Adler, Ladhani and McCarthy – made the list for the first time in their careers.
A total of 132 student-athletes have been honored by the Big 12 this season, including 125 in the first team.
First-team members are those who have maintained a GPA of 3.20 or better, while second-team caps hold a GPA of 3.00 to 3.19.
To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher, over the previous two semesters, and must have participated in 20% of their team’s scheduled competitions. First year students and transfers are not eligible during their first year of university residency. Senior student-athletes who have been competing for at least two years and meet all criteria except percentage of participation are also eligible.
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