Twelve University of Kentucky athletes were recognized as 2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars, announced by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. Among the 12 Wildcats to earn Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars honors, junior swimmer Asia Seidt was named the Arthur Ashe Female Sports Scholar of the Year.

A full list of UK’s Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars selections is as follows:

Celera Barnes (women’s T&F): Third Team
Majoring in kinesiology
First Team All-America in the 4x100m relay
SEC Bronze Medalalist in the 4x100m relay
Ran a 42.30, the school record and third fastest by a school in collegiate history
NCAA semifinalist in the 100m after running a personal best 11.16 at NCAA East Prelims
Won the 100m at Kentucky Relays
On UK’s winning 4×100 and 4x200m relays at Tennessee Relays
On UK’s winning 4x100m relay at Florida Relays
SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll
U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic

Josephine Chang (women’s golf): First Team
4.0 GPA in kinesiology
Dual major in kinesiology and biology
Second straight Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Team selection
Appeared in 23 career events with a 76.9 stroke average
Tied for second place at the 2019 Colonel Classic with a score of even par

Marshall Gei (baseball): First Team
4.0 GPA in radiation science (master’s degree)
2019 UK Athletics Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Earned an undergraduate degree in medical physics
Studies radiation science and medical physics as a graduate student
Frank G. Ham Society of Character honoree

Alaina Kwan (gymnastics): First Team
Competed on both bars and vault in every meet this season
Recorded career-high 9.875 bars score three times this season
Contributed to school record 49.475 team bars score on Feb. 15 at Georgia
Contributed to tie for school record 49.425 vault score on April 6 in NCAA Regional Final
Contributed to single-season school record six 197-point performances
Contributed to best finish in school history with No. 9 national ranking

Aime Mabika (men’s soccer): Third Team
Majoring in exercise science
2018 Third Team All-America
2018 First Team All-Conference-USA
2019 First Team All-Southeast Region
Member of the 2018 C-USA Regular Season Championship, C-USA Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament Elite Eight team
Played a central role in the nation’s No. 3 goals against average (.49) and shutout percentage (.64) defense in 2018
2017 C-USA All-Freshman Team
Led UK with three goals, including two game-winning goals, which was the outright team lead from holding midfield and central defense during his freshman season in 2017
SEC Honor Roll

Kendall Muhammad (men’s T&F): First Team
Majoring in human health science
2018 SEC 1,500m finalist
2017, 2018 NCAA East Prelims qualifier
2016 USATF U20 Silver Medalist in the 1,500m
SEC Honor Roll
CATSPY Awards Community Service nominee

Keyarash Namjoupanah (men’s soccer): Third Team
Majoring in business management
Co-Captain of the 2018 C-USA Regular Season Championship, C-USA Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament Elite Eight team
SEC and C-USA Honor Roll
Started 15 of 28 games played in two seasons on defense
SEC Honor Roll

Cathryn Papasodora (rifle): First Team
Majoring in integrated strategic communication
2018 NCAA Team Champion
2018 Great American Rifle Conference All-Conference
2017 Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association All-American
2016 CRCA Scholastic All-American

Asia Seidt (women’s S&D): First Team, Sports Scholar of the Year
4.0 GPA in kinesiology
16-time NCAA All-America, including eight First Team All-America honors (leads the program, male or female)
2019 NCAA Elite 90 recipient
2019 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
2017-18, 2018-19 USA Swimming National Team
2018, 2019 USA World University Games Team
2017, 2018, 2019 All-SEC First Team
2017, 2018, 2019 SEC Champion in 200 Backstroke
2018 SEC Champion in 100 Backstroke
2018, 2019 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll
2018 CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team
2017 SEC Freshman Female Swimmer of the Year
2017 SEC All-Freshman Team
2017 SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll

Avery Skinner (volleyball): Second Team
Two-time All-SEC Academic Team selection
A member of two consecutive SEC Championship teams
The Wildcats went 18-0 in league play in 2018-19
Has 28 career matches with 10 or more kills
Earned nearly 500 career kills in 55 career matches during her two-year career
2017-18 All-SEC Freshman Team selection

Fadhli Soetarso (men’s golf): First Team
Three-time All-SEC Academic Team selection
Appeared in 13 career tournaments
Owns a 74.11 career stroke average
Has one career top-10 collegiate finish
Won the 104th Kentucky State Amateur

Katie Stuart (gymnastics): First Team
Was named the second SEC Specialist of the Week in school history for 9.975 vault score on March 16 at Nebraska
Recorded eight individual vault wins, two all-around wins, two bars wins, and one beam win over her career
Competed in at least three events in every meet this season
Contributed to 197.525 record team score on March 3 versus Central Michigan, only to be broken by 197.600 team performance in NCAA Regional Final on April 6
Contributed to school record 49.475 team bars score on Feb. 15 at Georgia
Contributed to tie for school record 49.425 vault score on April 6 in NCAA Regional Final
Contributed to single-season school record six 197-point performances
Contributed to best finish in school history with No. 9 national ranking

In 1992, Black Issues In Higher Education magazine, now Diverse, established the Sports Scholars Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who exemplify the standards set by tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. A scholar and athlete, Ashe sought to expand opportunities for young people.

Each year Diverse invites every postsecondary institution in the country to participate in this awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability, students named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence as well as community activism.