Two Arizona Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-America Honors

July 29, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - Two University of Arizona student-athletes were selected to the 2003 Verizon Academic All-America At-Large teams, in voting released by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Women's diver Claire Febvay and sophomore men's swimmer Chad Ainsworth both were named to the national At-Large third team.

Febvay, a junior from Stavanger, Norway, carries a 3.902 grade point average in Psychology and helped the Wildcats to a ninth-place team finish at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. She earned All-America honors at the 2003 Championships with a sixth-place finish in the 10-meter platform. Febvay also finished second at the NCAA Zone E 10-meter platform championships and 14th at the Zone E's on the one-meter springboard competition.

She posted a fifth-place finish at Pac-10 Championships in the 10-meter event after winning 10 of a possible 11 home diving events during the regular season. Febvay was a UA Mary J. Roby Academic Award winner as well. On July 16, she finished seventh in the 10-meter platform finals at the 10th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, which qualified her for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Ainsworth, a sophomore from Lee Summit, Mo., carries a 4.00 grade point average in Accounting and was Arizona's fastest swimmer in the 500-yard (4:28.90), 1,000-yard (9:23.06) and 1650-yard (15:31.63) freestyle events. He finished eighth in the 1650-yard freestyle and 11th in the 500-yard freestyle (4:28.90) as the Wildcats took fifth at the 2003 Pac-10 championships in addition to two other top-25 finishes. Ainsworth was a 2003 Pac-10 all-academic selection and a Mary J. Roby Academic Award winner.

The at-large category includes student-athletes in the following men's or women's sports: crew, gymnastics, skiing, fencing, ice hockey, swimming, water polo, field hockey, lacrosse, tennis, golf, rifle and wrestling. To be eligible for Academic All-America honors, a student-athlete must be a sophomore academically, carry at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be voted to the first team in one of eight districts nationally.

Febvay and Ainsworth are the second and third UA student-athletes to garner Academic All-America accolades in 2002-03, joining men's track and field team member Mike Mortensen. All told nine Arizona student-athletes earned all-district honors this season.

Since 1968, 68 Arizona student-athletes have earned Academic All-America honors.

2003 Verizon Academic All-America Women's At-Large Third Team

Name	            School	  Yr.	Hometown	    GPA	   Major	            SportLauren Aumiller     Virginia	  Sr.	Baltimore, Md.	    3.26   Economics    	    LacrosseDana Baum           Minnesota	  Jr.	Carson City, Nev.   3.92   Elementary Education	    SwimmingJeanne Cho          Florida	  Sr.	Boulogne, France    3.85   Quantitative Science	    GolfMolly Christensen   Missouri	  Jr.	Woodbury, Minn.	    4.00   Biology, Pre-Medicine    SwimmingLauren Campanioni   LSU 	  So.	Tampa, Fla.	    4.00   Psychology   	    GymnasticsClaire Febvay       Arizona	  Jr.	Stavanger, Norway   3.902  Psychology   	    Swimming/DivingAngela Gaetz        UWGB	  Sr.	St. Cloud, Minn.    4.00   Human Biology  	    SkiingRachel Goldberg     Cornell	  Jr.	Indianapolis, Ind.  3.97   Biological Sciences	    GymnasticsJanessa Grieco      Michigan	  Sr.	Mahopac, N.Y.	    3.71   Movement Science	    GymnasticsTara Herrman        Old Dominion  Sr.	Perkasie, Pa.	    3.94   Biology      	    Field HockeyJoanna Hingle       Duke	  Sr.	Alexandria, Va.	    3.89   Civil Engineering   	    CrewAlison McGuire      Wyoming	  Sr.	Cheyenne, Wyo.	    4.00   Political Science	    GolfLindsey Miner       Florida	  Sr.	Engelwood, Colo.    3.78   Zoology, Pre-Medicine    GymnasticsJulie Shank         Maryland	  Sr.	Arnold, Md.	    3.84   Marketing & Psychology   LacrosseArlene Stevens      St. John's	  Sr.	Fairport, N.Y.	    3.96   Criminal Justice	    Fencing

2003 Verizon Academic All-America Men's At-Large Third Team

Name	            School	  Yr.	Hometown	        GPA	Major	                 SportChad Ainsworth      Arizona	  So.	Lee Summit, Mo.	        4.00	Accounting	         Swimming/DivingRichard Barker      Rice	  Jr.	Solihull, England       3.77	Math. Econ. Analysis     TennisWilliam Barker      Rice	  Jr.	Solihull, England       3.83	Economics, Kinesiology   TennisRaj Bhavsar   	    Ohio State	  Sr.	Houston, Texas          3.42	Marketing	         GymnasticsAdam Britt	    VMI 	  Sr.	Mechanicsville, Va.     3.52	Civil Engineering        WrestlingJernej Bukovec      Utah	  Sr.	Liubliana, Slovenia     3.64	Finance                  SkiingKaisorn Chaichana   Utah	  Sr.	Sandy, Utah             3.99	Biology           	 TennisBrett Covey  	    Oklahoma	  Sr.	Houston, Texas          3.58	Chemical Engineering	 GymnasticsJohn Dayton	    Air Force	  Sr.	Hendersonville, Nev.    3.79	Aerospace Engineering	 Swimming/DivingPatrick Diaz	    James Madison  Sr.	Rochester Hills, Mich.  3.91	Internat. Bus. & Finance WrestlingNick Ellis	    Stanford	  Sr.	Santa Ana, Calif.       3.43	Sci., Tech. & Society	 Water PoloGarry Garrett	    Morehead St.  Sr.	Dayton, Ky.             3.93	Mathematics, Physics	 RifleDoug Manor	    Oklahoma	  Jr.	Garland, Texas          4.00	Finance                	 GolfSimon Nash	    Minnesota	  Sr.	Brisbane, Australia     3.63	Economics	         GolfAaron Russell	    BYU 	  Gr.	Orem, Utah              3.52	Portuguese	         Swimming/Diving

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