American Places Eight on PL Women’s Basketball Academic Honor Roll

Costenbader leads way for academic honors

Junior Katryn Costenbader led the women's basketball team with a 3.92 spring GPA.

WASHINGTON -- Eight student-athletes on American University's women's basketball team were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll today. The athletes were among the 42 women's basketball players and the 660 total student-athletes recognized by the league.

To be eligible for the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average (GPA) in the spring semester and be awarded a varsity letter in one of the 13 league-sponsored winter and spring championship sports. The American women's team was second in the league with eight honorees, just behind Bucknell.

Junior Katryn Costenbader (Silver Spring, Md./Einstein) led the way for the squad with a 3.92 GPA. Costenbader, an All-Patriot League Second-Team selection, also was named to the Verizon Academic All-America District Two First-Team in the fall.

Joining Costenbader on the academic honor roll is Patriot League All-Rookie Team member Chanel Hunt (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft) who posted a 3.80 GPA in the spring. Senior Hollie Steinman (Pittsfield, Mass./Taconic) finished her career earning the academic honor, posting a 3.67 GPA in her final semester.

Name Cl. Major GPA
Katryn Costenbader Jr. Psychology


Chanel Hunt Fr. Biology 3.80
Angel McNatt So. Business Adm.


Kaitlin Schuyler So. Undeclared 3.48
Chanel Spriggs Jr. Communications 3.26
Hollie Steinman Sr. Psychology 3.67
Mariam Veppumthara Jr. Psychology 3.46
Maria Werries Jr. Multimedia Design & Development 3.62

Also earning a spot on the Academic Honor Roll were Angel McNatt (Adelphia, Md./High Point), Kaitlin Schuyler (Baltimore, Md./Mercy), Chanel Spriggs (Sunderland, Md./N. Oakland Catholic), Mariam Veppumthara (Chevy Chase, Md./Newport School) and Maria Werries (Pittsburgh, Pa./Oakland Catholic).

American University, which fields a 19-sport NCAA Division I athletics program featuring 10 women's sports and nine for men, recently completed its inaugural year of membership in the Patriot League. The University had an extremely successful year on respective fields of play, capturing league championships in men's soccer, women's volleyball, men's tennis and women's tennis, and regular-season titles in men's basketball and women's lacrosse.

Chartered by an Act of Congress in 1893, American University features students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 160 nations worldwide.