We're a bit out of order again this week as weekend events will have me out on Saturday. I've swapped with Jared this week, so he'll bring you the article before Saturday's podcast recording.
Taylor Roby Officially Announces Return
Roby's accomplishments are acknowledged outside of Louisville's records as well. She's a two-time recipient of All-ACC and NFC All-Southeast Region honors, having earned both in 2021 and 2022. A player of Roby's caliber does not come along frequently, and for Louisville to get the opportunity to have one more year with her is fantastic for the team.
Though the ending may be a little bit spoiled, the announcement video that the team released on Twitter is extremely well done and worth the minute it takes to watch it. Roby Announcement Video
With an entire calendar of fall and winter sports on the horizon, it's hard not to already get excited for Louisville softball next spring.
Tennis and Track&Field Academic Honorees
The academic awards for the final spring sports have been announced and Louisville has made the list for both.
Louisville women's tennis was named an ITA All-Academic Team and six individual players were named ITA Scholar-Athletes. Neither award is a competitive one, as both are quantitative, but that doesn't take away from the recognition the players deserve. We've talked frequently about the rigors of being a college athlete and trying to balance school at the same time. For each of these six--Joy Callwood, Dina Chaika, Sasha Gorchanyuk, Tyra Richardson, Chelsea Sawyer, and Tatiana Simova--that balance meant finishing with at least a 3.5 GPA for the academic year. Though not every player on the team is on this list, the rest of the team is still doing well enough in the classroom for the All-Academic team award, which requires teams to have a collective 3.2 GPA for the season. It was a great year all around for tennis in academics: 1,517 players earned the Scholar-Athlete distinction and 250 programs were awarded.
The Louisville women's track and field team continued their run of academic excellence, having earned the team award for the 18th consecutive year. Unlike the tennis award, the USTFCCCA awards do carry an on-field performance requirement as well. In addition to the 3.25 cumulative GPA required for the season, the team must have top-96 status in the indoor season or reach an NCAA Championship event (preliminary events count) in the outdoor season. Louisville's honorees include a pair of two-sport athletes in Morgan Bentley and Emily Scott, as well as Soledad, Gabriela Leon, Synclair Savage, Auriane Viola, Brooke Weimer, and Aliyah Welter.
Until next time, Go Cards!