June 18, 2013

SIX RAMS EARN VaSID ALL-STATE ACADEMIC RECOGNITION

RICHMOND, Va. – Not only did the student-athletes at VCU get the job done on the field, posting the best winning-percentage in the Commonwealth of Virginia (.655), but they also got the job done in the classroom as well.

Six student-athletes, senior Max Wennakoski, juniors Alejandro Argente (men’s tennis), Joey Cujas (baseball), Stephanie DeMasi (field hockey), Andrew Wells (men’s soccer) and sophomore Kiara Porter (women’s track and field) were named to the VaSID Academic All-State Team announced on Tuesday.

To earn VaSID All-State Academic honors a student-athlete has to post at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA and be at least a sophomore.

Wennakoski, who was named the Atlantic 10’s Most Outstanding Player, posted 32 singles wins in 2012, the fifth most in VCU single-season history. He finishes his VCU career with 88 victories, which is good for fifth all-time. The Helsinki, Finland native graduated with a degree in International Studies, with a 3.77 cumulative GPA.

Argente, who is a business major, currently boasts a 3.49 GPA. On the court, the Castellon, Spain native was VCU’s No. 3 player all season, and was also a member of the VCU’s top double’s team that was ranked as high as 28 in the country this spring.

Cujas started all but one game for the VCU Baseball team in 2013. The Midlothian, Va. native led the Rams in almost every offensive category including: average (.333), hits (72), doubles (16) and RBIs (40). In the classroom, the business administration major has a 3.54 GPA.

DeMasi started all 18 games for the Rams in 2012, providing a strong defensive presence. The Virginia Beach, Va. native scored two goals and had six assists for 10 points. The exercise science major has a near perfect 3.97 GPA.

Wells started 18 games as VCU’s goalkeeper in 2012. The Richmond, Va. native posted a 1.07 goals against average, .747 save percentage, with 10 wins. Wells is pursuing his master’s degree in economics and has 3.93 cumulative GPA.

Porter has had a record breaking year on the track in just her sophomore season. The Yorktown, Va. native was named the Atlantic 10’s Most Outstanding Track Performer, winning gold medals in the 200, 400, 4x1, 4x4 at the Outdoor Championship. She was an Honorable Mention All-American, qualifying for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. Porter has a 3.52 GPA and is a business major. 

VaSID is comprised of sports information or athletics communications professionals from intercollegiate institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Membership is open to any individual affiliated with one of the state's institutions at the NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, USCAA and community college levels, provided that individual's area of responsibility lies within the realm of sports information.

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