June 7, 2012
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
Four Wildcats have earned All-Academic honors as announced by Commissioner Larry Scott on Thursday. To be eligible for selection, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and be a significant contributor.
Earning a spot on the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team is Andre Vidaller. The sophomore from Santos, Brazil is a Pre-Business major and has a 3.67 overall GPA. Vidaller competed primarily in the No. 2 slot while also participating in the No. 1 spot. While battling an injury Vidaller remained an important contributor as his positive attitude and team spirit never wavered.
Making the Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team is sophomore Mario Urquidi. The El Paso, Texas native is a Business Management major at Arizona and has earned a 3.47 overall GPA. This season, Urquidi competed primarily in the No. 3 slot with contributions in the No. 2 spot as well.
Receiving honorable mentions are Frank Chen and Kieren Thompson. Chen, a junior from Houli, Taichung County, Taiwan, participated primarily in doubles competition and remained a constant support of the team. Thompson, a sophomore from Brisbane, Australia competed primarily in the No. 5 slot where he was a consistent strength for the Cats.
"The guys have worked very hard in the classroom all year," said head coach Tad Berkowitz. "They take their studies very seriously and I am extremely proud of them for that."
Complete 2012 Pac-12 All-Academic Teams
ALL-ACADEMIC FIRST TEAM
Nicholas Kamisar, WASH RS Fr 3.75 Pre-Social Science
Denis Lin, STAN Jr 3.76 Mechanical Engineering
Max Manthou, WASH So 3.72 Extended Pre-Major
Nick Meister, UCLA RS Sr 3.43 Political Science
Daniel Nguyen, USC Sr 3.40 Communications
Matt Stith, WASH Sr 3.41 Business Administration
Ryan Thacher, STAN Sr 3.91 History
Andre Vidaller, ARIZ So 3.67 Pre-Business
ALL-ACADEMIC SECOND TEAM
Aaron Clissold, ORE Jr 3.31 General Social Science
Matt Kandath, STAN Jr 3.31 Science, Technology & Society
Ben McLachlan, CAL So 3.51 Undeclared
Riki McLachlan, CAL Jr 3.40 Political Economy
Dmytro Mamedov, UTAH Jr 3.38 Parks, Recreation & Tourism
Skyler Tateishi, WASH Sr 3.37 Biochemistry
Mario Urquidi, ARIZ So 3.47 Business Management
HONORABLE MENTION Robin Cambier, So., ORE; Frank Chen, Jr., ARIZ; Daniel Ho, So., STAN; Jose Izquierdo, Sr., ORE; Bradley Klahn, Sr., STAN; Christoffer Konigsfeldt, Jr., CAL; KyleMcMorrow, Jr., WASH; Alejandro Medinilla, So., UTAH; Adrien Puget, So., UCLA; Benito Suriano, Sr., UTAH; Kieren Thompson, So., ARIZ.