College Sports


22 ECU athletes take part in commencement

Some 22 East Carolina University student-athletes were eligible to participate in 2015 Fall Commencement activities held Friday inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Friday, Dec. 18.

The Pirates’ football team led all athletics programs with a total of nine student-athletes eligible to partake in graduation ceremonies. ECU soccer has four student-athletes eligible to participate in commencement ceremonies, while swimming and diving and track and field had three each.

The graduates for football included: Jeton Beavers, Zeek Bigger, J.T. Boyd, Josh Hawkins ,Blake Kemp, Domonique Lennon, Ryan Revia, Reece Speight, and Cedric Thompson.

Soccer: Saundra Baron, Kelley Johnson, Kelly Miller, Stephanie Seagrave.

Swimming & Diving: Rokas Cepulis, Danielle Morrin, Megan Rossi.

Track & Field: Kyle Hefkin, Michael Neal Kayla Padgett.

Women’s Basketball: Akia Jones.

Softball: Caroline Umphlett.

Women’s Tennis: Dana Gray.


Duke: Redshirt senior safety Jeremy Cash and redshirt senior center Matt Skura received All-America accolades from Phil Steele Magazine, according to an announcement by the publication Thursday. Cash was placed on the first team while Skura earned fourth team honors.


Duke: Senior outside hitter Emily Sklar has earned AVCA All-America honorable mention accolades following a standout 2015 campaign.

The honor is the third career All-America accolade for Sklar, who earned a third team citation in 2013 and an honorable mention nod in 2014. Sklar is the sixth Blue Devil in program history to collect three All-America accolades.

Swimming and Diving

NC State: Rachel Mumma completed competition Friday afternoon at the USA Diving Winter National Championships, held inside IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis. The senior diver from Harrisburg, Pa., competed on the three-meter dive. She tallied a five-dive score of 249.30 in the preliminary round of the event to finish 16th, as the top-19 advanced to the semifinals.

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