CoSIDA Names 25 Swimmers to All-American Teams



Senior gymnast Stephanie Kite (Austin, Texas) of the University of Alabama and senior field hockey standout Colleen Barber (Fort Ann, N.Y.) of Skidmore College, two of eight repeat selections on the first team, head the 2003-04 Academic All-America® Women’s At-Large team, which was announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The Women’s At-Large program for the Academic All-America program includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis and water polo. Truman State University was the only institution with two first-team honorees teammates Sarah Dance (Lincoln, Neb.) and Diana Betsworth (East Moline, Ill.). Dance and Indianapolis senior Megan Grunert (Menomonee Falls, Wisc.) were repeat selections.

The Academic All-America Teams program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America; a 2,000-member organization consisted of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Division I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.

2003-04 CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA® WOMEN’S AT-LARGE TEAM (UNIVERSITY DIVISION)

FIRST TEAM

NAME                            SCHOOL                      SPORT                  YR  HOMETOWN                          GPA/MAJOR
Samantha Dyshaw       Iowa State                     Swimming              Sr    Montevideo, Minn.                 4.00, Biology
Birte Steven                  Oregon State                 Swimming              Sr    Hannover, Germany                 3.90, Psychology

SECOND TEAM

NAME                            SCHOOL                      SPORT                  YR  HOMETOWN                          GPA/MAJOR
Lauren McCalley          Tennessee                     Swimming              Jr     Moultrie, Ga.                             3.93, Microbiology 

THIRD TEAM

NAME                            SCHOOL                      SPORT                  YR  HOMETOWN                          GPA/MAJOR
Sarah Caldwell              Wisc.-Milwaukee         Swimming              Sr    West Bend, Wis.                      3.99, Biological Science
Lauren Duerk                Auburn                          Swimming              So.  Defiance, Ohio                          4.00, Pre-Medicine
Alisa Schuknecht         Texas                              Swimming              Jr     Bend, Ore.                                 3.93, Nutrition

2003-2004 VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA® WOMEN’S AT-LARGE TEAM (COLLEGE DIVISION)

FIRST TEAM

NAME                            SCHOOL                      SPORT                  YR      HOMETOWN                      GPA/MAJOR
Diana Betsworth          Truman                          Swimming              Jr.        East Moline, Ill.                    3.91, Exercise Science
Sarah Dance                  Truman                          Swimming              Jr.        Lincoln, Neb.                        4.0, Exercise Science
Megan Grunert             Indianapolis                  Swimming              Sr.       Menomonee Falls, Wisc.    3.85, Chem/Biology/Spanish
Sonya Pyle                    Gannon                          Water Polo/Swim Sr.       Bradford, Pa.                         4.00,Advertising Commun.
Peggy Whitbeck          Grove City                     Swimming              Sr.       Saegertown, Pa.                    3.90, Music/Secondary Ed. 

SECOND TEAM

NAME                            SCHOOL                      SPORT                  YR      HOMETOWN                      GPA/MAJOR
Denise Bogard              UC San Diego               Swimming              Sr.       S. Lake Tahoe, Calif.            3.585, Chemical Engineering
Jill Boo                           Denison                         Swimming              Jr.        Ramsey, Minn.                     3.83, German & Education
Lourdes Cuellar            Randolph-Macon         Swimming              Sr.       Asuncion, Paraguay            3.965, Spanish
Kayla Heising               Wooster                        Swimming              Sr.       Wauseon, Ohio                    3.843, Mathematics
Anne Melvin                UW-La Crosse              Swimming              Jr.        Abbotsford, Wisc.               3.83 Nuclear Medicine Tech.
Maura Milas                 Augustana (Ill.)            Swimming              Sr.       Rock Island, Ill.                     3.88 Biology/Pre-Dentistry
Angese Ozolina            Kenyon                          Swimming              Sr.       Jelaqava, Latvia                    3.63, Honors Economics
Britta Veitenheimer      Carleton                         Swimming              Sr.       Two Harbas, Minn.              3.87 Chemistry
 

THIRD TEAM

NAME                            SCHOOL                      SPORT                  YR      HOMETOWN                      GPA/MAJOR
Erin Bicek                      Illinois Wesleyan         Swimming              Sr.       Downers Grove, Ill.              3.84, Nursing
Lauren Clark                  Denison                         Swimming              So.      Corvallis, Ore.                       3.91, Undeclared
Serena Fadel                 Whitworth                     Swimming              Jr.        Boise, Idaho                          3.921, Biochemistry
Kate Kovenock            Connecticut College    Swimming              Jr         Orono, Maine                       3.59, Philosophy
Sarah Pillard                  Mount Holyoke            Swimming              Sr.       Grand Island, Neb.               3.91, Biochemistry
Rishae Wood                Gannon                          Water Polo/Swim Jr.        Cincinnati, Ohio                   3.99, Nursing


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