Record Eleven Vikings Earn GNAC All-Academic Honors

Oct. 27, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Setting a program record for selections to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Academic Team and leading the conference in total honorees, 11 Western Washington University men's soccer student-athletes have been recognized by the conference office for their academic performances.

The conference office in Portland, Ore., announced the 2017 GNAC All-Academic Men's Soccer Team on Friday with four of the 11 Vikings named to the team repeating as honorees, including senior midfielder Luke Olney (Enumclaw, WA) who earned the distinction for the third consecutive year.

Olney became the fifth player in WWU men's soccer history to become a three-time selection to the GNAC All-Academic Team. Juniors Jose Castillo (Bellevue, WA/Interlake), Stephen Jinneman (Redmond, WA) and Garrett Strawn (Sammamish, WA/Skyline) were each honored for the second consecutive year. Castillo, Jinneman and Strawn are the 10th, 11th and 12th student-athletes in program history to earn the distinction twice.

To earn selection to the GNAC All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have a 3.20 cumulative grade point average or better, be of sophomore standing or better and be in at least their second season of competition. Per conference rules, freshmen, redshirt freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible.

The 11 WWU student-athletes to earn All-GNAC academic honors bettered the previous program record of six set in 2012. The total selections for WWU to the GNAC All-Academic Team were the most of any school in 2017, just ahead of Seattle Pacific (10). Saint Martin's (9), Montana State Billings (8), Concordia (7) and Northwest Nazarene (6) were each well-represented with selections as well.

Here is a list of the WWU players to be named to the 2017 GNAC All-Academic Men's Soccer Team:

2017 GNAC All-Academic Men's Soccer Team -- WWU Selections

Name

Academic Major

Year

GPA

Hometown

Taylor Allen

Kinesiology

So.

3.27

Russellville, AR

Jose Castillo*

Kinesiology

Jr.

3.33

Bellevue, WA

Stephen Jinneman*

Electrical Engineering

Jr.

3.23

Redmond, WA

Jeremiah Lee

Business Administration

So.

3.58

Marysville, WA

Nick Morgan

Business Administration

So.

3.41

Sammamish, WA

Luke Olney***

Business Administration

Sr.

3.43

Enumclaw, WA

Nick Phillips

Accounting

So.

3.58

Bonney Lake, WA

Christian Rotter

Business Administration

So.

3.88

Auburn, WA

Connor Seed

Manufacturing Engineering

So.

3.30

Snohomish, WA

Garrett Strawn*

Biochemistry

Jr.

3.84

Sammamish, WA

Cameron Unks

Energy Policy & Management

So.

3.91

Centennial, CO

* Notes multiple GNAC All-Academic selections in career

WWU (6-4-4, 5-2-2 GNAC) has three conference games remaining and sits just behind No. 9 Simon Fraser (6-2-1 GNAC) and Seattle Pacific (6-3-1 GNAC) in the conference standings. WWU travels to face Montana State Billings on Saturday at 2 pm PT/3 pm MT before playing at Simon Fraser next Thursday (Nov. 2, 7 pm). The Vikings close out the regular season schedule by hosting Concordia on Nov. 4 (7 pm) for Senior Night.

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