COLUMBIA, Mo. — Twelve Mizzou senior student-athletes across six spring sports have opted to take advantage of an extra year of eligibility and return to Columbia next fall. On March 30, the NCAA Division I council voted to allow schools to provide spring-sport student-athletes an additional season of competition and an extension of their period of eligibility following the cancellation of seasons in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mizzou Athletics elected to pursue providing that option for qualified spring-sport student-athletes. Twenty-one student-athletes were eligible to compete for an additional season, and 12 of those 21 have chosen to use that option and return to their respective teams.
“We look forward to watching these Mizzou student-athletes who had their 2020 spring seasons cut short by COVID-19 returning to finish out their collegiate careers the right way next spring,” said Mizzou Director of Athletics Jim Sterk. “The NCAA made the right decision for these young men and women to receive their year back, and I’m grateful that several of them have elected to take advantage of this opportunity. We wish those moving on from Mizzou great success as they enter the next chapter of their lives.”
The Mizzou student-athletes electing to return next season include:
• Art Joven – Baseball
• Spencer Juergens – Baseball
• Lukas Veinbergs – Baseball
• Peter Zimmermann – Baseball
• Rory Franssen – Men’s Golf
• Jessica Yuen – Women’s Golf
• Gabrielle Goldin – Women’s Tennis
• Serena Nash – Women’s Tennis
• Thomas George – Men’s Track & Field
• Caulin Graves – Men’s Track & Field
• Jordan McClendon – Women’s Track & Field
• Karissa Roman – Women’s Track & Field
One additional student-athlete is still weighing options, one elected to transfer to another institution and the remaining eligible athletes are moving on to future endeavors beyond college.
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