UCSB Sees 61 Student-Athletes Named to 2018 Winter, Spring Academic All-Big West Teams

UCSB Sees 61 Student-Athletes Named to 2018 Winter, Spring Academic All-Big West Teams

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A total of 61 UC Santa Barbara student-athletes were named to the 2018 Big West Winter & Spring All-Academic Teams, the conference announced on Tuesday.

UCSB – which saw an eight-member improvement from its 2017 total of 53 – finished in a three-way tie for the third-most honorees, matching both Hawai'i and Cal Poly. Long Beach State paced the conference with 79 members, followed by CSUN's 65.

To earn Big West All-Academic status, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, complete one full academic year at the institution prior to the season for which the award is being given (true freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible), and compete in at least 50% of the team's contests. Men's and women's track and field student-athletes can fulfill the participation requirement by competing in the Big West Championship. 

Among UCSB's programs, men's and women's track and field led the way with seven and 22 honorees, respectively. The women's track and field team was the only program in the conference to surpass 20 members, finishing four ahead of Cal Poly's 18.

UCSB's men's basketball program had three representatives, tying the Mustangs for most in the conference. Women's basketball and baseball both contributed five members each.

Women's tennis and women's water polo each had four student-athletes listed. Softball, men's volleyball and men's tennis chipped in with three honorees apiece, while men's golf rounded things out with a pair of representatives.

A total of 506 student-athletes from the league's nine member teams were named to the winter and spring squads. To view the complete 2018 Winter Academic All-Big West Team, click here. The 2018 Spring Academic All-Big West Team can be viewed here.

All of UCSB's honorees are listed below.

UCSB Winter & Spring Academic All-Big West Honorees
Men's Basketball (3)


Academic Year Major


Alex Hart Sr. Sociology Kelowna, BC, Canada
Max Heidegger So. Pre-Economics Malibu, Calif.
Gabe Vincent Sr. Religious Studies Stockton, Calif.
Women's Basketball (5)
Natalia Bruening So. Global Studies Newport Beach, Calif.
Drew Edelman Gr. Education Sunnyvale, Calif.
Aliceah Hernandez So. Pre-Communication Sacramento, Calif.
Sarah Porter Sr. Sociology San Diego, Calif.
Tal Sahar Jr. Pre-Biopsychology Tarzana, Calif.
Softball (3)
Veronika Gulvin Jr. Psychological & Brain Sciences Goleta, Calif.
Kayla Krantz So. Mechanical Engineering Escondido, Calif.
Lena Mayer Sr. Sociology Berkeley, Calif.
Baseball (5)
Shea Barry So. Undecided Simi Valley, Calif.
Ben Brecht So. Pre-Communication Wilmette, Ill.
Tommy Jew Jr. Statistical Science San Ramon, Calif.
Liam Steigerwald So.. Environmental Studies San Ramon, Calif.
Eric Yang So. Environmental Studies West Hills, Calif.
Men's Volleyball (3)
Brandon Hopper Jr. Environmental Studies San Clemente, Calif.
Keenan Sanders Jr. Geography San Diego, Calif.
Grady Yould So. Pre-Financial Mathematics & Statistics Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Men's Golf (2)
Brett Bennett So. Pre-Biology Huntington Beach, Calif.
Nick Swanson Jr. Economics & Accounting Huntington Beach, Calif.
Men's Tennis (3)
Simon Freund Sr. Global Studies Stockholm, Sweden
Anders Holm Jr. Global Studies Aarhus, Denmark
Joseph Rotheram So. Global Studies Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Women's Tennis (4)
Amanda Atanasson Sr. Biopsychology Owings Mills, Md.
Natalie Da Silveira Sr. Global Studies São Paulo, Brazil
Amit Lev-Ari So. Pre-Psychological & Brain Sciences Nes Ziona, Israel
Stephanie Yamada Jr. Pre-Sociology Sydney, Australia
Men's Track & Field (7)
George Baier Sr. Mechanical Engineering Portola Valley, Calif.
Callan Cochran Jr. Pre-Biology Laguna Beach, Calif.
Blake DeHaven Sr. Communication El Cajon, Calif.
Bryan Johnson So. Mechanical Engineering Encinitas, Calif.
Myles McDonald Sr. Economics & Accounting Long Beach, Calif.
Chris Ruggles Jr. Philosophy Sacramento, Calif.
Tyler Walker Sr. Economics & Accounting Chino, Calif.
Women's Track & Field (22)
Hope Bender Jr. Biological Sciences Newport Beach, Calif.
Brianna Cheeks Jr. Microbiology San Lorenzo, Calif.
Sabina Dayal So. Pre-Biology Sunnyvale, Calif.
Puck DeRoos Jr. Biological Sciences Saratoga, Calif.
Alexandra DiDonato Jr. Psychology Burlingame, Calif.
Sierra Emrick Jr. Environmental Studies Los Osos, Calif.
Alanna Epps Jr. Psychology Fairfield, Calif.
Kiely Gode Sr. Biological Sciences Auburn, Calif.
Josephine Graeber So. Pre-Biology Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Jenna Hinkle Sr. English Cottonwood, Calif.
Brittney Johnson Sr. Political Science Glendora, Calif.
Isabella Marshall So. Environmental Studies Denver, Colo.
Aine McNulty So. Mechanical Engineering Los Gatos, Calif.
Hannah O'Connor Sr. Feminist Studies Irvine, Calif.
Tori Palma So. Global Studies Pleasanton, Calif.
Cassidy Peng Jr. Pre-Chemistry La Verne, Calif.
Miranda Ross Jr. Communication Tacoma, Calif.
Alivia Schlueter Jr. Global Studies Chicago, Ill.
Morgan Simpson Sr. Sociology Sacramento, Calif.
Gabriela Triant Jr. Biological Sciences San Jose, Calif.
Celeste Utley Sr. Biopsychology Arcadia, Calif.
Tori Yanco Sr. Environmental Studies Dana Point, Calif.
Women's Water Polo (4)
Shannon Moran Jr. Psychology Orinda, Calif.
Annie Mortimer Sr. Global Studies Newport Beach, Calif.
Natalie Selin So. Global Studies Laguna, Calif.
Sarah Snyder So. Pre-Psychology & Brain Sciences Fresno, Calif.