Two Miners named Scholar Athletes of the Year in respective sports
El Paso, TX — UTEP’s Tori Martyn (women’s soccer) and Camino Sardinero (women’s golf) have been named the Conference USA 2013-14 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for their respective sports, league commissioner Britton Banowsky revealed Wednesday.
The awards, which are determined by the league’s Faculty Athletic Representatives, are presented to the top student-athletes in each conference-sponsored sport. The award is based on academic achievement (GPA), athletic achievement and community service.
UTEP was one of four institutions to have multiple honorees, with Charlotte (five), North Texas (three) and ECU (two) joining the Miners (two) on the short list. Overall scholar-athletes were selected from C-USA’s full-time and affiliate institutions in 20 sports (combining indoor and outdoor track & field).
Martyn was a four-year standout for the Miners who started 78 of 80 games during her career (2010-13). She logged 6701 minutes of playing time to rate sixth all time in program history while contributing nine goals and 10 assists for 28 points. She was a two-time (2012 & 2013) All-Conference USA performer in addition to being voted to the NSCAA All-Region Central Team in 2013.
Martyn excelled in the classroom as well. She was recognized as a Top Ten senior at UTEP on April 13. She boasted a 4.0 cumulative GPA in kinesiology and was one of 37 Miner student athletes to graduate this spring. She secured four C-USA Academic Medals and was tabbed to a pair of C-USA All-Academic Women’s Soccer Teams. Martyn also was a 2013 Academic All-District Honoree.
Sardinero, a rising senior, has paced the team in scoring averaged for back-to-back campaigns. She was the Miners’ top finisher in a squad-best seven times in 10 tournaments in 2013-14, which resulted in a career-low 75.9 stroke average on the year.
She was at her best in the clutch, establishing a career-low score (214) and round (69) at the 2014 C-USA Championship to earn a spot on the All-Tournament team. Other highlights from her junior season included finishing sixth at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational (March 11-12). She was atop the leaderboard through 36 holes at that event.
The Spain native also led the team in scoring after (77.4) as a sophomore, which was aided by being the Orange and Blue’s top finisher in nine of 11 tournaments. She picked up two top-10 finishes and a trio of top-20 showings. She recorded her campaign-low round of 73 at four separate tournaments.
Sardinero was one of the top freshmen in the league in 2011-12. She rated third on the squad with a scoring average of 76.8 and was one of three Miners to play in all 10 tournaments.
A pre-business major, she boasts a 3.84 cumulative GAP. She is a three-time recipient of the C-USA Academic Medal (min. 3.75 GPA) and was one of six student-athletes to be selected to the league’s 2014 women’s golf All-Academic Team on April 17.
The entire list of 2013-14 C-USA Scholar-Athletes is below.
Baseball - Aramis Garcia, FIU
Men's Basketball - Ben Cherry, Charlotte
Women's Basketball - Kimberly Smith, Florida Atlantic
Men's Cross Country - Zachary Greth, Charlotte
Women's Cross Country - Brooke Kott, East Carolina
Football - Nate Leonard, UTSA
Men's Golf - Brett Patterson, Middle Tennessee
Women's Golf - Camino Sardinero, UTEP
Women's Rowing - Elizabeth Scherer, Kansas
Men's Soccer - Tyler Gibson, Charlotte
Women's Soccer - Tori Martyn, UTEP
Softball - *Jill Jelnick, East Carolina
Women's Swimming & Diving - Krista Rossum, North Texas
Men's Tennis - Alex Calott, Charlotte
Women's Tennis - Franziska Sprinkmeyer, North Texas
Men's Track and Field - Tom Kalisky, North Texas
Women's Track and Field - Alexandria Phares, Marshall
Volleyball - Amanda Videmsek, Charlotte
* Repeat winner