MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Four Mountaineers have been named to the College Sports Information Director’s of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 2 At-Large teams, as announced by the organization on Thursday.
Today’s honor is the second career award for Gratz, a 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team honoree. A marketing major, she boasts a 4.0 GPA and recently won the 2017 NCAA Elite 90 Award for Division I rifle. Gratz, a native of Sigel, Illinois, also is a three-time Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big 12 At-Large First Team honoree. Additionally, she has been named to the College Rifle Coaches’ Association (CRCA) All-Academic Team, as well as the President’s List, the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll.
Gratz helped the Mountaineers claim their fifth straight NCAA Rifle Championship in March. In her championship career debut, she placed fifth in air rifle with a 144.3 mark in the final. She also placed fourth in air rifle and seventh in smallbore at the 2017 GARC Championships, and last summer, she finished in third place at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Airgun. A nine-time All-American, Gratz shot an NCAA record 600 air rifle in February and finished with season averages of 593.2 air rifle and 583.3 smallbore.
Thrasher and Anti’s honors are the first career awards for the duo.
A native of Springfield, Virginia, Thrasher shows a 3.84 GPA in biomedical engineering. A member of the President’s and Dean’s Lists, she was named to the 2017 Academic All-Big 12 At-Large First Team and the CRCA All-Academic Team, in addition to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll.
A 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, the first of the Rio Summer Games, in women’s 10m air rifle, Thrasher also finished in 11th place in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions. She was a finalist for the 87th AAU Sullivan Award and was named the 2017 CRCA Rifle Athlete of the Year, as well as the GARC Shooter of the Year. A six-time All-American, she finished in second place in smallbore (459.8 final) and seventh in air rifle (99.7 final) at the 2017 NCAA Rifle Championships. Thrasher also won the GARC air rifle title. She paced the National Champion Mountaineers this season with averages of 596.1 air rifle and 589.2 smallbore.
“I’m really proud of Elizabeth, Ginny and Will for earning this all-district honor,” WVU rifle coach Jon Hammond said. “The entire team has performed well in the classroom, and we’ve had a strong year academically. This trio really highlights the team’s achievements throughout this year.”
Today’s honor marks the first for Currat. A junior from Dunkerque, France, Currat has maintained a 4.0 GPA while earning a bachelor’s degree in finance and a minor in statistics. Currat was named the 2017 Big 12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the fourth honoree since joining the Big 12 Conference in 2013.
“Amelie has done an outstanding job in the pool and in the classroom being a cumulative 4.0 student-athlete,” coach Vic Riggs said. “Being selected to the CoSIDA Academic-All District Team is a great honor for her and well deserved. This is also our fifth consecutive year with a member of our program earning this honor, of which we are extremely proud.”
Currat is a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree and was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team as a freshman. She also has been named to the President’s List, Dean’s List, Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll.
At the 2017 Big 12 Championship, Currat won a bronze medal as a member of WVU’s women’s 400-medley relay team. She received All-Big 12 Second Team honors for finishing fifth in the 200 backstroke with an NCAA B qualifying time of 1:57.66, the third fastest time in WVU history. In the 100 backstroke, she also was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team in the 100 backstroke with an NCAA B cut time of 54.54. She helped the women’s 400 and 800 freestyle relay teams to fourth-place finishes at the championship. Currat finished seventh in the 100 butterfly A final in 54.99, good for WVU’s ninth all-time.