Tennis Teams Earn ITA Academic Honors

July 16, 2003

EUGENE - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the 2002-03 All-Academic Teams, with the University of Oregon's men's and women's teams each earning a spot on the list. Individually, sophomores Ester Bak and Sven Swinnen were named as ITA Scholar-Athletes.

Oregon is one of only 16 schools to have both the men's and women's teams be named as ITA All-Academic Teams. No other school from the Pacific-10 Conference earned a team distinction in either men's or women's.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the team's GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2002 and spring 2003).

Bak, a sophomore from Beaverton, Ore., compiled a 3.80 GPA as a Pre-Business Administration major. She had a 14-12 record this past season in singles, playing at the No. 4, 5 and 6 positions.

Swinnen, a sophomore from Wurenlingen, Switzerland, had a 3.60 GPA. He had an 18-12 singles record in 2002-03 while earning the team's scholar athlete and sportsmanship awards.

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet three points of criteria. First, the athlete must be a varsity letter winner. Second, the student-athlete must have a GPA of at least 3.50 for the current academic year. Third, the athlete must have been enrolled at his/her school for at least two semesters.

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