15 Husky Swimmers Earn Pac-10 All-Academic Honors

March 31, 2008

SEATTLE - Eight women and seven men from the University of Washington swimming team have earned Pac-10 Conference All-Academic honors as announced by Commissioner Tom Hansen.

Three Huskies were named to the first team, including Yonatan Cohen and Tamon Page for the men, and Kim Kripps for the women.

Cohen, a junior from Neve-Monoson-Yahud, Israel, carries a 3.98 cumulative grade point average and is majoring in physics.

Page earned first team recognition for the third straight season, and is the first Husky men's swimmer to do since Jim Wolfe was named to the first team every season from 2003-05. Page is a senior from Mercer Island, Wash., majoring in material science engineering with a 3.59 grade point average.

Kripps earned her second-straight first team honor. The junior from Seattle has a 3.98 grade point average and is majoring in biology.

Earning second team recognition were Petra Radovic on the women's side, and David Bai, Brenton Dowdy and Scott Spansail for the men.

Radovic is a sophomore from Zagreb, Croaita majoring in pre-business with a 3.80 grade point average.

Dowdy was named to the All-Academic team for the third-straight season. The senior from LaGrande, Ore., was a second team pick a year ago and an honorable mention selection in 2006. He has a 3.37 grade point average and is majoring in biology.

This was the first honor for both Bai and Spansail. Bai, a sophomore from Kent, Wash., is majoring in pre-engineering and has a 3.45 grade point average, while Spansail, a junior from San Clemente, Calif., is majoring in law, society and justice and has a 3.25 grade point average.

Named to the honorable mention squad for the UW women were seniors Maggie Bever, Jessica Buchanan and Rebecca Rogers, and juniors Maryann Boosalis, Marisa Chang and Kim Jasmer. This was the third-straight honorable mention selection for both Bever and Buchanan, and the second-straight for Chang, Jasmer and Rogers.

Earning honorable mention status for the Husky men were senior Bret Lundgaard and sophomore Jonny Muir. Lundgaard was named an honorable mention pick for the third year in a row, while this is Muir's first honor.

'Academics is always a point of emphasis for our program,' said UW head coach Whitney Hite. 'Certainly the kids have done a terrific job not only athletically, but most importantly academically.'

To be eligible for selection to the academic team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and either be a starter or a significant contributor.

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