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Swimmers garner 17 SEC Academic honors

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Swimmers garner 17 SEC Academic honors

FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas had 30 student-athletes recognized on the 2009 Southeastern Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll the league office announced this week.

The Razorback swimming and diving team led the way with 17 selections followed by seven for gymnastics. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams had three honorees each.

Consistently strong academically, the Razorback swimming and diving squad also led all Razorback teams with eight 4.0 grade-point averages for the 2008 fall semester.

It was a banner year for Arkansas swimming and diving in the pool as well as out, as the team posted a program-best 10 dual wins and finished fifth at the SEC Championships, the highest finish in the program’s history. While at SECs, junior Yi-Ting Siow won the 200 breast title, becoming the first Razorback swimmer to earn an individual title at SECs since Nicola Atkinson won the 1,500 free and 200 meter fly titles in 1992.

Success continued for the Razorbacks at NCAAs where Katie Kastes (200 fly, 400 IM), Siow (200 breast), Leah Pierce (200 breast) and Jamie Marks (1650 free) earned All-America honors. The four All-America nods are the most for the program in a single season.

A total of 373 student-athletes were recognized this week by the SEC office. Alabama topped the list with 48 student-athletes followed by Kentucky with 45 and Florida with 44.

This semester’s selection is based on grades from the 2008 spring, summer and fall semesters. The be eligible for selection, a student-athlete must have a grade point average of 3.00 or better for the preceding academic year or as a cumulative. Any student-athlete who is a sophomore or older is eligible for the award and summer classes count toward the cumulative total. Student-athletes must have completed 24 semester or 36 quarter hours towards a degree and he or she must have been a member of the varsity team for the sport’s entire NCAA Championship season.

All four sports have completed their 2008-09 seasons. The SEC will release the spring academic honor roll celebrating the accomplishments of men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball in early summer.

For more information about Arkansas athletics, please log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

2009 Southeastern Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll

Name Sport Class Major
Stephen Cox M. Basketball Junior Agricultural Business
John Paul Noland M. Basketball Junior Biology
Michael Sanchez M. Basketball Sophomore Business
Ayana Brereton W. Basketball Senior Sociology
Brittney Richardson W. Basketball Sophomore Kinesiology
Ashlea Williams W. Basketball Junior Kinesiology
Stacy Bartlett Gymnastics Sophomore Hotel & Restaurant Management
Amara DeFilippo Gymnastics Junior Kinesiology
Alex LaChance Gymnastics Senior Kinesiology
Molly Lewis Gymnastics Sophomore Undeclared
Casey Jo Magee Gymnastics Junior Kinesiology
Sarah Nagashima Gymnastics Junior Apparel Studies
Michelle Stout Gymnastics Junior Marketing
Gina Bargiachi W. Swimming Sophomore Art
Stephanie Carr W. Swimming Senior Journalism
Jessica Clark W. Swimming Sophomore Nursing
Emily Fletcher W. Swimming Senior Marketing
Megan Haskins W. Swimming Sophomore Finance
Summer Jackson W. Swimming Senior Political Science
Katie Kastes W. Swimming Sophomore Journalism
Kylie Kastes W. Swimming Sophomore English
Ashley Largo W. Swimming Sophomore Political Science
Jamie Marks W. Swimming Sophomore Journalism
Erin Neumann W. Swimming Sophomore Communication Disorders
Lynette Ng W. Swimming Junior Communications
Madison Palmer W. Swimming Senior Recreation
Shara Sutphen W. Swimming Sophomore Nursing
Erica Totten W. Swimming Sophomore International Business
Macey Webb W. Swimming Senior Kinesiology
Kellyn Williams W. Swimming Senior Kinesiology



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