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Judy Devine was one of seven new members inducted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame last Tuesday during the MAC Honor's Dinner at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel.
Considered the matriarch of Kent State University athletics, Devine retired from her post as associate athletic director in 2000 following 31 years in a variety of roles within the department. She came to Kent State as a graduate assistant in 1969 and went on to serve for two seasons (1975-77) as the first head coach of the women's basketball team in addition to directing the field hockey team from its inception in 1975 through the 1980 campaign.
When the men's and women's athletic programs were merged in 1975, Devine was given the responsibilities of assistant director of athletics before being elevated to associate athletic director in 1978. At the time of her retirement, she coordinated financial aid, housing, awards and the academic performance of Kent State's student-athletes. She also handled compliance and eligibility until 1999.
The other inductees were Charlie Coles (Miami/Central Michigan, men's basketball), Harry Houska (Ohio, wrestling), Jim Lessig (MAC/Bowling Green, administration), Caroline Mullen-Kearney (Western Michigan, women's track and cross country), Sally Northcroft (Ball State, field hockey) and Joe Novak (Northern Illinois, football).
Kent State's Wad Phaewchimplee was named Golfweek Women's Player of the Week for her unprecedented performance at the NCAA Central Regional.
Phaewchimplee became the second women's player in KSU history to win an NCAA Regional, finishing the event 7-under to top some of the best golfers in the country. Her total score of 209 ties the second-best 54-hole tournament score all-time at Kent State. Her first round score of 65 also set a school record as the lowest total ever shot at an NCAA event and tied the overall school record.
Phaewchimplee became the third Kent State player to qualify for the NCAA Championships as an individual. The freshman from Thailand will now compete at the NCAA Championships, which begin Tuesday in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Josée Doyon was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Women's At-Large Team, which recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Doyon is a two-time First-Team All-MAC selection. She finished tied for sixth at the MAC Championships this season after placing third in 2013 as a freshman.
Doyon has a 3.98 cumulative GPA while studying political science.
Following one of the best freshman seasons in program history, Kent State third baseman Maddy Grimm was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Mideast Region Third Team.
Grimm tied the school's single-season record with 13 home runs and recorded a Kent State freshman record 44 RBI, the third-most in program history. Grimm also led the Flashes with 34 runs scored, 26 walks, a .667 slugging percentage and a .409 on-base percentage while batting .288.
Kent State earned a 3.03 team GPA during the spring semester, marking the first time in program history that the Flashes have cracked 3.0.
"I am really proud of how our team performed academically this semester," said KSU coach Rob Senderoff. "When I became head coach at Kent State I placed an emphasis on improving our academics. Each spring semester since I have been head coach our team has improved its GPA for that term, and the same is true of the fall term."
Three members of the squad qualified for the Dean's List by achieving a GPA of 3.40 or higher. Additionally, seven Flashes posted a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and four had their best college semester academically.
"More than half of the players on our team had over a 3.0 this semester," said Senderoff. "The spring is generally toughest due to class time missed for games. To be able to do this in the spring is an even greater accomplishment."
Senior Darren Goodson graduated this past weekend, while Mark Henniger and Blake Vedder will graduate during the summer. Both Goodson and Vedder will continue their academic and athletic careers as graduate students at Kent State next year. Vedder, who stands 7-foot-4, will
become the tallest player in MAC history when he joins the Flashes on the hardwood for the 2014-15 season, while Goodson will join the Kent State football team after exhausting his basketball eligibility.
On Wednesday, Kent State learned that its Academic Progress Rate (APR) score has reached an all-time high of 965 when the NCAA released its multi-year APR report. This marks the third consecutive year that the Flashes have improved their APR score.
TRACK AND FIELD
Kent State juniors Miles Dunlap and Matthias Tayala took home the MAC Male Track Athlete of the Week and Field Athlete of the Week honors a week ago.
Dunlap was first in the 400-meter hurdles at the Akron Campbell-Wright Open, clocking in at 51.11. He tied the Kent State school record, which was set by Bill Dobbertin in 1980, while his time ranks first in the MAC and 24th nationally.
Tayala broke his school record in the hammer throw with a heave of 235-1 in Akron, a distance that ranks third in the nation. He also placed third in the discus with a mark of 168-9.
Three Kent State gymnasts earned Academic All-MAC honors: senior Marie Case, and sophomores Jaymi Baxter and Nicolle Eastman.
Baxter, an integrated health systems major with a 3.67 grade-point average, posted career-highs on vault (9.850) and bars (9.875).
Case, an exercise science major with a 3.515 grade-point average, was named the 2014 MAC Senior Gymnast of the Year after picking up her third MAC Gymnast of the Year award. She was named Second Team All-America in the all-around and advanced to the NCAA National Championships, placing 13th.
Eastman, a psychology major with a 3.52 grade-point average, scored a season-best 9.825 on beam and a 9.850 on floor for the Flashes in 2014.
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