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