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Forty-Five Student-Athletes Earn Spring Academic Honors

OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona had 29 student-athletes earn 2011 Spring All-Academic honors from the Big Sky, the conference announced Friday. Additionally, the NAU women's swimming and diving team earned 16 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) All-Academic selections. Spring sports eligible for Big Sky academic honors are women's golf, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's outdoor track and field.

The Lumberjack student-athletes totaled 100 Big Sky All-Academic selections and 116 total selections during the 2010-11 academic year.

"Having over 100 student-athletes represent NAU as All-Academic selections during the 2010-2011 academic year is an incredible accomplishment," said Assistant Athletic Director for Academics Pam Lowie. "The student-athletes here at NAU are dedicated to achieving greatness both on and off the playing field, and their commitment to their studies is evident in our overall department GPA of 3.05. Our coaches are instrumental in ensuring the academic success of the student-athletes, and I am proud to be a part of the Lumberjack family."

To be eligible for Big Sky academic honors, a student-athlete must have met and/or exceeded the following minimum requirements: (1)Participated in at least half of the team's competitions; (2)Achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at the conclusion of the most recently completed term; (3)Completed at least one academic term at his/her current Big Sky institution. The WAC All-Academic selection process follows similar requirements, though the minimum GPA for its academic honors is 3.00 and student-athletes must have completed one academic year.

The women's swimming and diving team led all NAU squads with its 16 selections during the 2010-11 academic year. The men's outdoor track and field team led the way with 14 Big Sky selections, including the male 2010-11 Northern Arizona Golden Eagle Scholar Athlete of the Year, senior thrower Andres Rossini. The NAU women's outdoor track and field team added nine selections, the women's golf team had four honorees, and the men's and women's tennis teams each had one athlete receive the accolade.

The 45 spring selections along with 40 honorees in the fall and 31 selections during the winter combined to give NAU a total of 116 conference academic honors during the 2010-11 season. The spring representatives are listed below.

Northern Arizona Spring 2011 Big Sky All-Academic Selections

Women's Golf

Dakin Whitmer, Sr., Parks & Recreation

Jessie Joachim, Fr., Engineering

Stephanie Kim, So., Advertising/Public Relations

Bethany Leclair, Sr., Elementary Education

Men's Tennis

Ben Lantz, Jr., Geography/Mathematics

Women's Tennis

Nicole Perez, So., Exercise Science

Men's Outdoor Track and Field

Ben Ashkettle, Sr., Finance

Miles Di Sabella, So., Biomedical Science

Tim Freriks, So., Biology

Andre Gaines, Fr., Computer Information Systems

Bahlbi Gebreyohanns, Fr., Economics

Josh Heck, Sr., Criminal Justice

Kam Holbrook, Sr., Finance/Marketing

Sam Hutchison, Fr., Exercise Science

Jacob Nicol, Sr., Biology

Jason Pedersen, Sr., Mechanical Engineering

Will Porter, Sr., Electrical Engineering

Andres Rossini, Sr., Construction Management

Pascal Tang, Jr., Marketing/Finance/Management

John Yatsko, Jr., Civil Engineering

Women's Outdoor Track and Field

Kortnee Burton, Jr., Marketing

Jessica Bush, Fr., Exercise Science

Carissa Gwerder, Fr., Spanish/International Affairs

Danielle Hunt, Sr., Sustainable Communities

Haley Lawrence, Jr., Health Sciences

Lisette Michaels, Jr., Dental Hygiene

Jami Michaud, Sr., Dental Hygiene

Sarah Raber, Fr., Undecided

Jackie Shea, Sr., Exercise Science

Northern Arizona 2011 WAC All-Academic Selections

Swimming and Diving

Cassandra Anderson, Jr.

Kristy Ardavanis, So.

Jordan Burnes, Fr.

Lanette Christensen, Sr.

Fiona Connell, So.

Meredith Egloria, Sr.

Claire Ferro, Sr.

Ashani Gottlieb, Fr.

Taryn Harris, Sr.

Kristin Jones, Jr.

Emma Lowther, Fr.

Krista Maier, Jr.

Rachel Palmer, Fr.

Katherine Schafer, Sr.

Stirling Smith, Fr.

Monica Veit, Sr.