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Three Arizona Student-Athletes Earn District VIII Academic All-District Honors
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 23, 2003
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May 23, 2003

May 23, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - Three University of Arizona student-athletes were selected to the 2003 Verizon Academic All-District VIII At-Large teams, in voting released Friday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Women's diver Claire Febvay and sophomore men's swimmer Chad Ainsworth were named to the District VIII At-Large first team, while men's tennis player Carl Hagman was a third-team honoree.

Febvay, a junior from Stavanger, Norway, carries a 3.902 grade point average in Psychology and helped the Wildcats to a ninth-place team finish at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. She earned All-America honors at the 2003 Championships with a sixth-place finish in the 10-meter platform. Febvay also finished second at the NCAA Zone E 10-meter platform championships and 14th at the Zone E's on the one-meter springboard competition. She posted a fifth-place finish at Pac-10 Championships in the 10-meter event after winning 10 of a possible 11 home diving events during the regular season. Febvay was a UA Mary J. Roby Academic Award winner as well.

Ainsworth, a sophomore from Lee Summit, Mo., carries a 4.00 grade point average in Accounting and was Arizona's fastest swimmer in the 500-yard (4:28.90), 1,000-yard (9:23.06) and 1650-yard (15:31.63) freestyle events. He finished eighth in the 1650-yard freestyle and 11th in the 500-yard freestyle (4:28.90) as the Wildcats took fifth at the 2003 Pac-10 championships in addition to two other top-25 finishes. Ainsworth was a 2003 Pac-10 all-academic selection and a Mary J. Roby Academic Award winner.

Hagman, a junior from Copenhagen, Denmark, carries a 3.67 grade point average in Journalism and was the Wildcat team captain in 2002-03. He earned honorable mention all-Pacific-10 Conference accolades and finished the season with a 17-15 record. He was ranked as high as No. 102 in the nation and picked up four wins over ranked opponents. A three-time Mary J. Roby Academic Award winner, Hagman captured the singles title at the Northern Arizona Invitational in October.

Febvay and Ainsworth are now included on the women's and men's national Verizon At-Large Academic All-America ballot. National winners will be announced on Thursday, June 12, 2003. In order to be eligible for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), must be a starter or an important reserve and be in at least their second season at their current school.

The at-large category includes student-athletes in the following men's or women's sports: crew, gymnastics, skiing, fencing, ice hockey, swimming, water polo, field hockey, lacrosse, tennis, golf, rifle and wrestling. Members of CoSIDA in the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Utah were responsible for the voting.

2003 Verizon Academic All-District VIII Women's At-Large First Team

Name    	    School  	      Year    Hometown        	       GPA	  Major   	        Sport
Mhairi Brown	    Arizona State     Sr.     Kirkcaldy, Scotland      4.00	  Kinesiology	        Tennis
Ashley Clendenin    Nevada	      Sr.     Fountain Valley, Calif.  3.95	  Elementary Education	Swimming/Diving
Claire Febvay	    Arizona 	      Jr.     Stavanger, Norway	       3.902	  Psychology	        Swimming/Diving
Amanda Grant	    BYU   	      Sr.     Moses Lake, Wash.	       3.97	  Political Science     Swimming/Diving
Theresa Kulikowski  Utah	      Sr.     Colorado Springs, Colo.  4.00	  Pre-Physical Therapy  Gymnastics
Courtney McKenzie   Northern Arizona  Sr.     Federal Way, Wash        3.92       Economics/Finance     Swimming/Diving
Jaime Morgan	    Southern Utah     Sr.     Englewood, Colo.         3.95	  Business Management   Gymnastics
Michelle Orem	    California        Sr.     Whittier, Calif.         3.90	  Sociology	        Crew
Petra Svet	    Utah	      Sr.     Ljublbana, Slovenia      3.91	  Finance	        Skiing
Silvia Tornier	    San Diego State   Sr.     Hamburg, Germany         3.85	  Kinesiology	        Tennis

2003 Verizon Academic All-District VIII Men's At-Large First Team

Name    	     School	      Year    Hometown                 GPA        Major   	        Sport
Chad Ainsworth	     Arizona	      So.     Lee Summit, Mo.          4.00       Accounting	        Swimming/Diving
Attila Banhidy	     California	      Jr.     Eger, Hungary	       3.51       Business	        Water Polo
Jernej Bukovec 	     Utah  	      Sr.     Liubliana, Slovenia      3.64       Finance	        Skiing
Kaisom Chaichana     Utah  	      Sr.     Sandy, Utah              3.99       Biology	        Tennis
Nick Ellis  	     Stanford	      Sr.     Santa Ana, Calif.        3.43       Sci., Tech. & Society	Water Polo
David Martin	     Stanford	      Sr.     Tulsa, Okla.             3.72       American Studies	Tennis
Miles McGann	     USC   	      Sr.     Laguna Beach, Calif.     3.83       Business   	        Volleyball
Curtis Owen	     Arizona State    Sr.     Polson, Mont.	       4.00       Psychology	        Wrestling
Jed Pennell	     Oregon State     Jr.     Cave Junction, Ore.      3.83       Ex. & Sport Science	Wrestling
Aaron Russell	     BYU	      Grad.   Orem, Utah	       3.52       Portugese	        Swimming/Diving
Costas Theocharidis  Hawaii	      Sr.     Orestiada, Greece        3.73       Business	        Volleyball

2003 Verizon Academic All-District VIII Men's At-Large Third Team

Name    	     School	      Year    Hometown   	       GPA	  Major	                Sport
Kurt Boehm	     Hawaii	      Jr.     Erlangen, Germany	       3.75	  Mech. Engineering	Swimming/Diving
Tobias Clemens	     UCLA  	      Jr.     Bonn, Germany	       3.27	  Business Economics	Tennis
Carl Hagman	     Arizona	      Jr.     Copenhagen, Denmark      3.67	  Journalism	        Tennis
Jason Harless	     Oregon	      Jr.     Bonanza, Ore.	       3.70	  General Science	Wrestling
Aaron Holloway	     Long Beach State Sr.     El Segundo, Calif.       3.44	  Civil Engineering	Water Polo
Casey Kotter	     Portland State   Jr.     La Grande, Ore.	       3.82	  Business Admin.	Wrestling
Mike Lavery	     UC-Irvine	      Sr.     Irvine, Calif.	       3.25	  Psych./Social Behav.	Golf
Kenny Lindley	     Weber State      Sr.     Bountiful, Utah	       3.86	  Zoology               Tennis
Oliver Mailberger    San Diego State  Sr.     Lorsch, Germany	       3.25	  Intn'l Business	Tennis
Charles Morton	     Nevada	      Jr.     Reno, Nev.	       3.86	  Mech. Engineering	Rifle
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