Forty Student-Athletes Earn Degrees at Fall Ceremony

LSU football All-American Will Blackwell
LSU football All-American Will Blackwell
Steve Franz
Matt Dunaway
Matt Dunaway

BATON ROUGE - Forty LSU student-athletes representing 13 Tiger sports were among those who earned their degrees Friday as part of commencement ceremonies.

A pair of Tigers, football's Jared Fugate and volleyball's Haley Reuther, notched their graduate degrees in sports management and accounting, respectively.

LSU's 2011 SEC Boyd McWhorter Scholarship nominees, swimming's Jane Trepp [psychology] and tennis' Sebastian Carlsson [biology], also secured their degrees.

A four-time NCAA All-America First-Team honoree, Trepp wrapped up her career as one of the top swimmers in program history. She captured a SEC-record four medals at the 2011 championships highlighted by a record-breaking performance in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Carlsson, a 2011 ITA Doubles All-American, climbed as high as the No. 8 national ranking with partner Neal Skupski during his senior season. He also contributed 85 singles victories and was ranked among the ITA's Top 100 multiple times in his career.

The football team along with track and field program had 10 student-athletes graduate. On the gridiron, LSU's Will Blackwell was All-SEC First Team. He started all 13 games for the Tigers and paced the team to 2,797 rushing yards coupled with a school-record tying 35 rushing scores. He graduated with a degree in general studies. 

Drew Alleman, an All-SEC Second-Team performer, received his degree in sport administration. The Lafayette native led the SEC in field goal percentage at 88.9 and enters January's BCS National Championship game with 10 straight field goal conversions.

In addition to Alleman, Blackwell and Fugate listed above, football players earning their bachelor degrees included Joey Crappell, Ian Harding, T-Bob Hebert, Mitch Joseph, James Stampley, Brandon Washington and John Williams.

Highlighting the list of track and field student-athletes to graduate is a trio of All-Americans. Brittani Carter, a sport administration graduate, was the most decorated high jumper in program history as a five-time All-American and two-time SEC Champion. The Missouri City, Texas, product earned bronze medals at the 2009 and 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships.

On the men's side, Josh Dominguez and Gabriel Mvumvure also garnered All-American status. A kinesiology major, Dominguez continued LSU's rich tradition of elite pole vaulters. He cleared a career-best 17 feet, 8 ½ inches en route to a runner-up finish at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Mvumvure, an international studies graduate and standout sprinter, racked up three All-America accolades sparked by a 2008 NCAA Outdoor title as a member of the 4x100-meter relay team.  

Women's basketball graduated a quartet of players, including LaSondra Barrett in sport administration. She is one of only 17 players in program history to eclipse 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. The Jackson, Miss., native also is a 2012 John Wooden Award and State Farm Wade Trophy candidate.

A pair of SEC Academic Honor Roll recipients, Ben Alsup [sport administration] and Daniel Bradshaw [finance], represented two-thirds of baseball's graduates. The duo combined for a 25-12 record on the mound and threw shutouts as Bradshaw garnered 2009 and Alsup collected 2010 SEC All-Tournament Team honors. 

Highly-touted soccer players Allysha Chapman and Mo Isom earned their degrees in biology and mass communication, respectively. Chapman was a three-time All-SEC performer and became the first Tiger to secure SEC Co-Defender of the Year in 2011. She and Isom, LSU's 2011 Homecoming Queen, played a major role in the Tigers ability to produce an SEC-leading five shutouts. The duo won three SEC Western Division championships and appeared in three NCAA Tournaments during their careers.

Samantha Engle from gymnastics graduated with her kinesiology degree. She came away with All-America Second-Team recognition for scoring a 9.85 on bars at the 2010 NCAA Championship Prelims.

Volleyball's Lauren Waclawczyk received her management degree. The San Antonio, Texas, product collected 1,257 career digs to finish in eighth place on LSU's all-time list. Off the court, she created and championed the "Geaux Books" program where close to 3,000 books were donated to Dufrocq Elementary School in November 2011. 

Below is the complete list of graduates, their sport and their field of study:

Agriculture (1)
Destini Hughes, Women's Basketball, Animal Dairy Poultry/Preveterinary Medicine

Business (8)
Daniel Bradshaw, Baseball, Finance
Mark DeBlanc, Men's Track & Field, Marketing
Rachel Fountain, Women's Track & Field, Finance
Julien Gauthier, Men's Tennis, Management
Hannes Heyl, Men's Swimming & Diving, Finance
Ken Looper, Men's Golf, Marketing
Mike Lowery, Baseball, Management
Lauren Waclawczyk, Volleyball, Management

Education (12)
Drew Alleman, Football, Sport Administration
Ben Alsup, Baseball, Sport Administration
Ashley Applegate, Softball, Elementary Education
LaSondra Barrett, Women's Basketball, Sport Administration
Swayze Black, Women's Basketball, Sport Administration
Brittani Carter, Women's Track & Field, Sport Administration
Joey Crappell, Football, Sport Administration
Josh Dominguez, Men's Track & Field, Kinesiology
Samantha Engle, Gymnastics, Kinesiology
Brittany Hall, Women's Track & Field, Kinesiology
Mitch Joseph, Football, Sport Administration
Staci Schwitkis, Gymnastics, Kinesiology

Humanities and Social Sciences (14)
Will Blackwell, Football, General Studies
Jake Creel, Men's Golf, General Studies
Ian Harding, Football, Communication Studies
Reggie Haslom, Men's Track & Field, General Studies
T-Bob Hebert, Football, General Studies
James Kemp, Men's Track & Field, General Studies
Gabriel Mvumvure, Men's Track & Field, International Studies
Jasmine Nelson, Women's Basketball, General Studies
Ryan Penn, Men's Track & Field, General Studies
Jacob Simmons, Men's Track & Field, General Studies
James Stampley, Football, Psychology
Jane Trepp, Women's Swimming & Diving, Psychology
Brandon Washington, Football, General Studies
John Williams, Football, General Studies

Mass Communication (1)
Mo Isom, Soccer, Mass Communication

Science (2)
Sebastian Carlsson, Men's Tennis, Biology
Allysha Chapman, Soccer, Biology

Graduate School - Master's Degree (2)
Jared Fugate, Football, Kinesiology - Sports Management
Haley Reuther, Volleyball, Business - Accounting 



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