Mineau And Swarthout Lead Pac-10 All-Academic Honorees

Nov. 27, 2008

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Thirteen Husky cross country athletes were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team the conference office announced today. Nine of the UW honorees are just two days removed from running in the NCAA Championships, where the women won the national title and the men placed 18th.

To be eligible for Pac-10 All-Academic honors, student-athletes must have completed at least one academic year at their current institution, have a minimum 3.0 grade-point-average and be a starter or significant contributor. The conference staff then selects a 10-member first team and second team plus honorable mentions.

The good news just keeps piling up for the Huskies, who are resting up after capping an historic season this past Monday in Terre Haute, Indiana. The women's team dominated the NCAA Championships to win the program's first ever title and racked up five All-Americans, while the men earned their second top-20 finish in the past three years.

Four Husky men earned first or second team honors, the most of any Pac-10 school. Senior Jeremy Mineau and junior Jordan Swarthout both garnered first team accolades for the first time in their careers. Swarthout, coming off an excellent 108th-place finish at NCAA's, has the second-highest GPA of any All-Academic team member, sporting a 3.96 GPA in International Studies. Mineau, a former second-team honoree, has a 3.64 GPA in Environmental Studies & Resource Management.

On the men's second team are senior Jon Harding and junior Chris Ahl. Both ran in UW's top-seven in Terre Haute. Harding is an Economics major with a 3.43 GPA while Ahl has a 3.50 GPA in Accounting.

On the women's side, junior Brooke Anderson made the second team with a 3.85 GPA in Business Administration. It is the second-consecutive All-Academic honor for Anderson.

Several of the key members of the women's NCAA Championship team earned honorable mentions, including seniors Amanda Miller, Anita Campbell, and Michelle Turner, junior Katie Follett, and sophomore Kailey Campbell.

Honorable mention on the men's side went to senior Caleb Knox, and juniors Jake Schmitt and Alec Bromka.

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