BATON ROUGE – The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes honored six LSU student-athletes for their academic achievements and community service for March.
Each month, five student-athletes are recognized for their academic improvement, dedication and proven ability. In addition, one student-athlete is chosen through LSU's Student-Athlete Affairs program for their volunteerism and commitment to the community.
March’s student-athletes of the month are Joe Broussard [Baseball], Madi Mahaffey [Volleyball], Sarie Morrison [Gymnastics], M.J. Patterson [Football] and Leah Troskot [Swimming & Diving]. Katie Lindelow [Volleyball] was selected as the Shaquille O'Neal Life Skills Program Student-Athlete of the Month.
Broussard, Mahaffey, Morrison, Patterson and Lindelow are majoring in sport administration, while Troskot is a mechanical engineering major.
A junior pitcher from Gretna, La., Broussard collected his first career save at the conclusion of LSU’s recent series-winning victory over Yale. Although he took a medical redshirt last season for an elbow injury, he posted a 3.73 ERA in 19 appearances, and he combined 12 walks and 45 strikeouts in 41 innings during the 2012 season.
Mahaffey, a junior middle blocker from Vestavia Hills, Ala., ranked third on the team with 76 total blocks last season. She recently attended open tryouts for the U.S. Women’s National Team and U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Teams. For her time spent with the Companion Animal Alliance, Friends of the Animals Baton Rouge and Pets Against Shelter Surrender, she earned a spot on the SEC Volleyball Service Team in 2013. Mahaffey has also participated in numerous other community projects which included Give Kids a Smile Day, the Special Olympics, Read Across Louisiana and the Go Healthy Challenge.
A senior all-around gymnast from Dallas, Texas, Morrison currently ranks second on bars nationally with a 9.935 RQS and No. 6 on vault with a 9.925. She recently earned SEC Specialist of the Week honors for the third time this season after LSU took on Florida, where she claimed her fifth-straight bars title with a 9.95. The 2013 First-Team All-American in vault and bars also made a trip with other gymnasts and head coach D-D Breaux to the Delta Gamma sorority house for the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired Fan Day.
Patterson, a freshman defensive end from Winnfield, La., joined the Tigers as a Louisiana Sports Writers Association honoree with two-time all-state and all-district honors during his high school career. As a senior, the three-star prospect notched first-team Class 2A all-state honors.
A freshman freestyle swimmer from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, Troskot recorded the third-fastest 100 free in school history in the SEC finals with a 48.97 time. During competition the day prior, she also set a program record in the 400 medley relay, alongside teammates Torrey Bussey, Amber Carter and Caley Oquist. Troskot also notched Student-Athlete of the Month honors in December of 2013.
Lindelow, a sophomore outside hitter from Mandeville, La., ranked second on the team in digs, recording 385 on the season and third on the squad in kills, with 207. In LSU’s comeback victory against Michigan during the opening round of the NCAA tournament, she tallied 11 digs and was 32-for-33 in her reception attempts. Off the court, Lindelow is a star in the community, as she’s volunteered with Big Buddy for the Day of Mentor program, participated in the Halloween BOOzar and served lunch at St. Vincent de Paul. The two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll honoree also recently participated in LSU’s first-ever Dance Marathon, where she and other teammates stood for 26.5 hours, raising a total of $801 for Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.
For putting forth extra effort in the classroom and community in addition to their rigorous academic and competition schedules, these six student-athletes will have their pictures displayed on the wall in the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.