Cho, Gieczys, Nyland Earn Pac-10 First Team All-Academic Honors

June 27, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Oregon's Monika Gieczys and Janice Nyland, who helped the Ducks advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, were named to the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference women's tennis all-academic first team, announced Thursday.

Kathy Cho, Oregon's top women's golfer, was named to that sport's Pac-10 all-academic first team, which was also released Thursday.

Nyland, a senior from Davis, Calif., posted a 17-14 mark this past year competing in the first three spots and had the second-best ledger on the team. Gieczys, a junior from Sopot, Poland, finished with an 11-17 singles record, primarily at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Nyland and Gieczys also teamed to go 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.

Gieczys holds a 3.57 grade point average in accounting, while Nyland has a 3.60 GPA in biology.

Three Duck women's tennis players also received all-academic honorable mention status, including Adeline Arnaud, a senior from Irigny, France, with a 3.35 GPA in business administration, Vickie Gunnarsson, a senior from Varberg, Sweden, with a 3.44 GPA in business administration and Courtney Nagle, a sophomore from Danville, Calif., with a 3.21 GPA in exercise and movement science.

In all, five members of the Ducks' 2002 women's tennis team that won seven of its final nine matches to finish 14-11 and defeated No. 18 Nevada-Las Vegas in the opening round of the NCAA tournament before falling to No. 11 USC in round two were recognized for their academic achievements.

The Ducks finished the year ranked No. 33 in the final ITA poll, which marked an all-time high for the program. The five players matched California for the most recognized by the Pac-10 this spring.

Cho, a senior from Honolulu, Hawaii, with a 3.80 GPA in business administration, led Oregon with a 77.0 stroke average and had five top-25 finishes in 2001-02. She was Oregon's only qualifier for the NCAA West Regional, where she tied for 37th.

Redshirt freshman Jaime Seefried from Spokane, Wash., earned honorable mention honors on the all-academic women's golf team. She competed in seven events last season and has a 3.23 GPA in pre-journalism.

The seven golfers and tennis players selected Thursday join 21 Oregon track and field student-athletes and softball shortstop Alyssa Laux to give the Ducks a total of 29 student-athletes represented on the Pac-10's spring all-academic teams.

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