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