Francis Marion University athletic officials recently announced the names of 12 Patriot student-athletes named to the university's chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society.
To earn a place in this honor society, a student-athlete must be at least a junior academically, have a 3.40 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale, and have an endorsement from his or her respective head coach. The nominees are then screened by a selection committee.
The 2019 inductees are baseball shortstop CJ Mackinson (Sykesville, MD) and outfielder Nicky Winterstein (Columbia, SC); women's cross country and track and field athlete Jasmine Watson (Florence, SC); golfer Mark Goodall (Edinburgh, Scotland); men's soccer players Matthew Bainbridge (Liverpool, England), Julian Kersting (Oldenburg, Germany), and Oliver Drakenhammar (Partille, Sweden); women's soccer players Sierra Cartano (Raleigh, NC), Jessica Garnett (Rock Hill, SC), Carli Gauthier (Tampa, FL), and Micahla Kitchen (West End, NC); and men's tennis player Mauricio Guerrero (Mexico City, Mexico).
Ten current Patriot student-athletes were previously inducted: women's basketball player Brooke Dixon (Camden, SC); men's soccer player Michael Dmytruk (Melbourne, FL); women's cross country and track and field athlete Emma Driggers (Mauldin, SC); golfer Lars Sandvoll (Bergen, Norway); women's soccer goalie Janine Gordon (Miami, FL); softball shortstop Taylor Johnson (San Diego, CA), catcher Chelsea Welty (St. Helena, SC), and second baseman Jennie Polak (Quincy, IL); and volleyball players Georgia Garrison (Trinity, NC) and Carrie McGinnis (Knoxville, TN).
Chi Alpha Sigma was founded in May 1996 by DePauw University head football coach Nick Mourouzis. The organization currently has 273 chapters in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Francis Marion is one of only eight chapters in South Carolina, and FMU was the first school to have a chapter in the Palmetto State.
Over the past 19 years, 196 different FMU student-athletes have earned this honor.
Chi Alpha Sigma's purposes are: to encourage and reward high academic scholarship of college athletes at four-year accredited institutions; to recognize outstanding academic achievement by intercollegiate varsity letterwinners; to encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics; to recognize and honor the individual athlete, his/her team, sport, athletic department, and college or university; and to mentor and to provide leadership to other athletes.