AU Sports: 52 Tigers graduate 2011 spring term

AU ATHLTEICS

52 Tigers graduate 2011 spring term
A total of 52 Auburn student-athletes graduated as part of the Auburn University’s Spring 2011 graduating class on Monday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The graduates represent 17 of Auburn’s sport programs, including seven men’s swimming and diving athletes, six from baseball, five each from football and women’s track and field, four from equestrian and men’s track and field, three from women’s tennis and volleyball, two each from softball, women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s golf, gymnastics and one each from soccer, men’s basketball and women’s basketball.

The seven men’s swimming and diving graduates include: Gideon Louw (South Africa), Kyle Maese (Portland, Ore.), Kelly Marx (Overland Park, Kan.), Tyler McGill (Champaign, Ill.), Andrew Mitchell (Nashville, Tenn.), Michael Silva (Tampa, Fla.) and Pascal Wollach (Calgary, Alberta, Canada).

The six from baseball are: Justin Hargett (Hartselle), Michael Hurst (Vestavia Hills), Jon Luke Jacobs (Gainestown), Christopher O’Neil (Birmingham), Kevin Patterson (Birmingham) and Sean Ray (Virginia Beach, Va.).

The five graduates from football are: Kodi Burns (Fort Smith, Ark.), Neil Caudle (Hoover), Wade Christopher (Vestavia Hills), Adam Herring (Springdale, Ark.) and Derek Winter (Tampa, Fla.).

The five from women’s track and field are: Erika Akins (Madison), Miriam Arusei (Eldoret, Kenya), Brittany Mattrella (Hoover), Allison Smith (Mobile) and Laurel Pritchard Novack (Vestavia Hills).

The four from men’s track and field are: Michael Dehaven (Tyrone, Ga.), Stephen Fly (Memphis, Tenn.), Nicholas Green (Atlanta, Ga.) and Joseph Peake (Macon, Ga.).

The four from equestrian are: Amy Bohan (Niceville, Fla.), Dorothy Grubb (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Alexandra Loprete (Coltsneck, N.J.), and Anna Schierholz (St. Louis, Mo.)

The three from volleyball are: Elizabeth Crouch (New Orleans, La.), Alyssa Davis (Oakland Park, Fla.) and Jonelle Wallace (Denver, Colo.)

The three from women’s tennis are: Dunja Djuranovic (Bukovac, Serbia), Jil Hastenrath (Solingen, Germany) and Myrthe Molenveld (Haasbergen, Netherlands).

The two graduates from softball are: Katie Colton (Yucaipa, Calif.) and Holly Ragsdale (Dadeville). The Two from women’s swimming and diving are: Ava Ohlgren (Northville, Mich.) and Melanie Roberts (Rochester, N.Y.). The two from men’s tennis are: Nicholas Maurillo (Ft. Myers, Fla.) and Tim Puetz (Usingen, Germany). The two from women’s golf are: Cydney Clanton (Concord, N.H.) and Madison Overbey (High Point, N.C.). The two from gymnastics are: Carmen Nelms (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and Kristina Voss (Paradise Valley, Ariz.).

There was one graduate each with Caitlin King (St. Louis, Mo.) of women’s soccer, Douglas Merrell (Birmingham) of men’s basketball and Reneisha Hobbs (Huntsville) of women’s basketball.

The two graduates from Operation Follow-thru were: Harold Morrow and David Rocker of football.

BASEBALL

Tigers set to travel to Samford
The Auburn baseball team will travel to Samford on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game. The Tigers (25-22) loss to the Bulldogs (29-19), 8-0, at Plainsman Park on April 26.

Auburn will start senior right-hander Bradley Hendrix (2-1, 3.18) on Tuesday, his third start of the season, while Samford will throw senior righty Josh Van Fleteran (3-2, 5.67), who will be making his 10th start of the season.

MEN’S GOLF

Earns No. 3 seed at Colorado Regional
The ninth-ranked Auburn men’s golf team earned an NCAA Regional bid as the third seed to the Colorado National Golf Club regional, held May 19-21 in Erie, Colo., the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship Committee announced Monday.

The top five teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team will advance to the 2011 NCAA Championships held May 31-June 5 at the Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla. The other five regional sites include Tuscon, Ariz., Ocala, Fla., Zionsville, Ind., Santa Fe, Calif., and Blacksburg, Va.

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