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Two Arizona Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-America Honors
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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July 29, 2003

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

Women's diver Claire Febvay and sophomore men's swimmer Chad Ainsworth both were named to the national At-Large third team.

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. On July 16, she finished seventh in the 10-meter platform finals at the 10th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, which qualified her for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.


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.

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. To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a sophomore academically, carry at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be voted to the first team in one of eight districts nationally.

Febvay and Ainsworth are the second and third UA student-athletes to garner Academic All-America accolades in 2002-03, joining men's track and field team member Mike Mortensen. All told nine Arizona student-athletes earned all-district honors this season.

Since 1968, 68 Arizona student-athletes have earned Academic All-America honors.

2003 Verizon Academic All-America Women's At-Large Third Team

Name	            School	  Yr.	Hometown	    GPA	   Major	            Sport
Lauren Aumiller     Virginia	  Sr.	Baltimore, Md.	    3.26   Economics    	    Lacrosse
Dana Baum           Minnesota	  Jr.	Carson City, Nev.   3.92   Elementary Education	    Swimming
Jeanne Cho          Florida	  Sr.	Boulogne, France    3.85   Quantitative Science	    Golf
Molly Christensen   Missouri	  Jr.	Woodbury, Minn.	    4.00   Biology, Pre-Medicine    Swimming
Lauren Campanioni   LSU 	  So.	Tampa, Fla.	    4.00   Psychology   	    Gymnastics
Claire Febvay       Arizona	  Jr.	Stavanger, Norway   3.902  Psychology   	    Swimming/Diving
Angela Gaetz        UWGB	  Sr.	St. Cloud, Minn.    4.00   Human Biology  	    Skiing
Rachel Goldberg     Cornell	  Jr.	Indianapolis, Ind.  3.97   Biological Sciences	    Gymnastics
Janessa Grieco      Michigan	  Sr.	Mahopac, N.Y.	    3.71   Movement Science	    Gymnastics
Tara Herrman        Old Dominion  Sr.	Perkasie, Pa.	    3.94   Biology      	    Field Hockey
Joanna Hingle       Duke	  Sr.	Alexandria, Va.	    3.89   Civil Engineering   	    Crew
Alison McGuire      Wyoming	  Sr.	Cheyenne, Wyo.	    4.00   Political Science	    Golf
Lindsey Miner       Florida	  Sr.	Engelwood, Colo.    3.78   Zoology, Pre-Medicine    Gymnastics
Julie Shank         Maryland	  Sr.	Arnold, Md.	    3.84   Marketing & Psychology   Lacrosse
Arlene Stevens      St. John's	  Sr.	Fairport, N.Y.	    3.96   Criminal Justice	    Fencing

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

Name	            School	  Yr.	Hometown	        GPA	Major	                 Sport
Chad Ainsworth      Arizona	  So.	Lee Summit, Mo.	        4.00	Accounting	         Swimming/Diving
Richard Barker      Rice	  Jr.	Solihull, England       3.77	Math. Econ. Analysis     Tennis
William Barker      Rice	  Jr.	Solihull, England       3.83	Economics, Kinesiology   Tennis
Raj Bhavsar   	    Ohio State	  Sr.	Houston, Texas          3.42	Marketing	         Gymnastics
Adam Britt	    VMI 	  Sr.	Mechanicsville, Va.     3.52	Civil Engineering        Wrestling
Jernej Bukovec      Utah	  Sr.	Liubliana, Slovenia     3.64	Finance                  Skiing
Kaisorn Chaichana   Utah	  Sr.	Sandy, Utah             3.99	Biology           	 Tennis
Brett Covey  	    Oklahoma	  Sr.	Houston, Texas          3.58	Chemical Engineering	 Gymnastics
John Dayton	    Air Force	  Sr.	Hendersonville, Nev.    3.79	Aerospace Engineering	 Swimming/Diving
Patrick Diaz	    James Madison  Sr.	Rochester Hills, Mich.  3.91	Internat. Bus. & Finance Wrestling
Nick Ellis	    Stanford	  Sr.	Santa Ana, Calif.       3.43	Sci., Tech. & Society	 Water Polo
Garry Garrett	    Morehead St.  Sr.	Dayton, Ky.             3.93	Mathematics, Physics	 Rifle
Doug Manor	    Oklahoma	  Jr.	Garland, Texas          4.00	Finance                	 Golf
Simon Nash	    Minnesota	  Sr.	Brisbane, Australia     3.63	Economics	         Golf
Aaron Russell	    BYU 	  Gr.	Orem, Utah              3.52	Portuguese	         Swimming/Diving
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