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Seniors honored in award banquet

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Seniors honored in award banquet

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas Athletic Department honored the accomplishments of its senior student-athletes in a banquet Thursday in the Raymond Miller Room. The buffet dinner awards banquet began with a senior highlight video and remarks from Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long. The event continued with Lucy Nunn and Ben Tschepikow earning the Brandon Burlsworth Award. This week marks the 10-year anniversary since Burlsworth was killed in an automobile accident in Northwest Arkansas. The award is selected by the Faculty Athletic Committee and is given to those seniors who demonstrate the high quality of character displayed by Burlsworth. Nunn is the lone senior on the Razorback women’s golf team this year. She picked up her first career win in spring action at LSU and has helped the Razorbacks to a tie for second at the SEC Championship two weeks ago. Nunn leads No. 16 Arkansas into the postseason at the NCAA West Regional Championship this week in Tempe, Ariz. Tschepikow is Arkansas’ every day starter at second base and has paced the Razorbacks to a top 10 ranking in the polls late into the season. He is hitting .310 on the year and leads Arkansas in game-winning hits this season. Tschepikow leads Arkansas into the home stretch with three Southeastern Conference series and one non-conference title remaining before the SEC Tournament May 20-24. Senior tennis players Aurelija Miseviciute and Blake Strode swept the Student-Athlete of the Year honors. This award is voted on by the Student-Athlete Government and is based on outstanding athletic accomplishments. Miseviciute is ranked No. 2 in singles and capped off a tremendous season going undefeated in league play. She was 20-1 in singles and doubles for the year in SEC action and is 35-3 overall. The Klaipeda, Lithuania, native helped the Razorbacks to a No. 14 ranking and joins her teammates to the top seed in the NCAA Regionals May 9-10 on Arkansas’ home courts. Strode has been one of the most successful men’s tennis players in recent history for the Razorbacks. Recently named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Strode is a two-time first-team All-SEC selection. Strode was a finalist for the SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award and was the runner-up for the Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship award earlier this month. He was selected to the NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championship as the No. 15 seed. Sixty-four student-athletes were presented with their Senior Rings, given to Razorbacks who have completed their eligibility during the 2008-09 season. Diploma plaques were presented to 40 student-athletes who have satisfied the graduation requirements for the fall of 2008, spring 2009 or summer 2009.



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