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33 student-athletes earn 4.00 grades

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33 student-athletes earn 4.00 grades

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Thirty-three student-athletes earned selection to the University of Arkansas Athletics Department Academic Champions list for perfect 4.0 grade point averages in the fall 2008 semester it was recently announced. The Razorback swimming and diving team led the way with eight selections, followed by seven from the Razorback soccer team. Arkansas’ softball team added four members to the list while women’s track and baseball had three members earn perfect grades. Women’s tennis had two student-athletes honored while men’s tennis, men’s track, football, women’s golf and volleyball each had one student-athlete on the fall semester list. “We are extremely proud of these outstanding student-athletes who have committed themselves to academic and athletic excellence,” Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “Their hard work, dedication and sacrifice have led to numerous achievements in the classroom and accomplishments in athletic competition. This extraordinary group of young men and women exemplify the definition of student-athlete. They are outstanding representatives of the University of Arkansas and the Razorback program.” The list of 33 honorees includes 20 different majors from apparel studies to sociology. There were four kinesiology majors and three communications majors among the list. In addition to the 33 perfect semesters, Razorback athletes posted 172 student-athletes with grades at or above a 3.0 for the fall 2008 semester.

Academic Champions 4.00 Sport Major
Nanar Airapetian Women’s Tennis International Business
Jessica Bachkora Softball Kinesiology
Gina Bargiachi Swimming/Diving Art
Samantha Bolton Soccer Nursing
Jackie Booker Soccer Kinesiology
Stephanie Carr Swimming/Diving Journalism
Jessie Clark Swimming/Diving Nursing
Tara Diebold Women’s Track Communication Disorders
Megan Fawley Soccer Elementary Education
Hillary Freeman Softball Communication
Sarah Gwisdala Soccer Marketing
Rachel Hawryluk Soccer English
Sarah Howard Swimming/Diving Journalism
Amie Hubbard Softball Elementary Education
Kayla Johnson Softball Psychology
Luke Laird Men’s Track Horticulture
Sarah Landau Women’s Track Communication
Scott Limbocker Baseball Political Science
Lisa Lunkenheimer Swimming/Diving Chemistry
James McCann Baseball Kinesiology
Beth McVean Soccer Kinesiology
Sam Murphy Baseball Communication
Erin Neumann Swimming/Diving Communication Disorders
Madison Palmer Swimming/Diving Recreation
Dacia Perkins Women’s Track Marketing
Leah Pierce Swimming/Diving Sociology
Corinna Rees Women’s Golf Political Science
MacKenzie Rhea Volleyball Undeclared
Genny Salvatore Gymnastics Art
Lance Thompson Football Exercise Science
Rachel Smith Soccer Apparel Studies
Blake Strode Men’s Tennis Economics
Anouk Tigu Women’s Tennis Business


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