BRISTOL, Tenn. – Marina Doi and Regina Doi of the King University women's wresting team added another amazing achievement to their already long list of accomplishments. The twins were the first Tornado student-athletes to become Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar semifinalists.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education sponsors the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars Awards for all NCAA divisions along with NAIA athletes. The award honors student-athletes around the nation who have excelled in the classroom as well as within their given sport. In addition, the award also focuses on commitment to community service and student leadership.
"Marina and Regina have exemplified true student-athletes since the day they arrived on campus," Director of Athletics David Hicks said. "They have excelled in the classroom, on the mat, and in their service to the community. We are proud to share in their recognition for this prestigious award."
With over 1,300 nominations for the award, Marina and Regina were selected as two of the final 20 female semifinalists. Their impressive resume makes them excellent candidates for the award. Both have a 4.0 grade point average, are four-time All-Americans. Marina Doi is a two-time national champion and two-time runner-up while Regina Doi won the national title this season.
The female semifinalists are:
Danielle Bordes, University of Connecticut, Swimming & Diving
Diana Carballo, Marist College, Water Polo
Simone Charley, Vanderbilt University, Track/Cross Country
Haley Clark, University of Georgia, Basketball
Marina Doi, King University, Wrestling
Regina Doi, King University, Wrestling
Nicole Greene, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Track/Cross Country
Kennedi Harris, University of Missouri, Gymnastics
Madeline Herrera, University of Houston-Victoria, Softball
Tola Itiola, Baylor University, Volleyball
Samantha Kokoska, University of Washington, Soccer
Bria Matthews, Georgia Institute of Technology, Track/Cross Country
Shaelynn Moore, Dillard University, Basketball
Hanna Netisingha, University Honors Program, Golf
Nina Radulovic, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Rifle
Jessica Shalongo, Delaware State University, Softball
Michelle Staggers, Duke University, Lacrosse
Sessen Stevens, University of Memphis, Soccer
Jun Takeda, University of Connecticut, Crew
Lidia Yanes Garcia, Austin Peay State University, Tennis
The male semifinalists are:
Chase Almendarez, University of Houston-Victoria, Baseball
Cameron Batson, Texas Tech University, Football
Ross Brown, Washington University in St. Louis, Swimming & Diving
Leroy (Jevon) Carter, West Virginia University, Basketball
Mariano Cepeda, Holy Family University, Soccer
Stanley Davis, Hampton University, Track/Cross Country
Chandler Eggleston, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Gymnastics
Uriel Garcia, University of Houston-Victoria, Soccer
Tyriq Harris, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Footbal
Ray Littles, Washington State University, Track/Cross Country
Taylor Osborne, Hampton University, Golf
Donovan Phanor, Stonehill College, Football
Luis Ramos, College of St. Joseph, Baseball
Taron Slone, University of Akron, Track/Cross Country
Blaise Taylor, Arkansas State University, Football
Brindley Theisen, St. Cloud State, Basketball
Gerdarius Troutman, Florida Atlantic University, Football
Jorge Utrilla, Iowa State University, Golf
Amilcar Yanez, Saint Augustine's University, Baseball
Justin Zhang, University of California, San Diego, Tennis
Past Ashe scholars include: Baylor University's Robert Griffin III (2011); the University of Tennessee's Kara Lawson (2003); San Diego State University's Marshall Faulk (1993); and Stanford University's Simone Manuel (2017) — a four-time Olympic medalist, just to name a few who have gone on to achieve great success.
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