Four Beavers Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Honors

May 27, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Four Oregon State student-athletes were recognized on the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII men's and women's at-large teams, which were announced Thursday.

Wrestler Jed Pennell and swimmer Birte Steven, both seniors, earned first team honors. Senior golfer Sean Deacon and sophomore gymnast Chrissy Lamun earned second team honors. First team honorees advance to the national ballots, which determine the Academic All-America Teams. Those teams will be announced June 15 (men) and 17 (women).

Pennell carries a 3.80 grade point average as an exercise and sport science major. Wrestling primarily at 174 pounds, he finished the season with a 24-10 record, placed second at the Pacific-10 Championships and qualified for the NCAA Championships for the third time in his career. Pennell, a two-time first team All-District academic selection, was recently awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship.

Steven has a 3.90 grade point average in psychology. A seven-time All-American, she finished second in the 200-meter breaststroke and third in the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2004 NCAA Championships. The German national record holder in the 200, Steven will race in the upcoming German Olympic Trials. Steven, who worked as a research assistant in OSU's psychology department, is a three-time first team Pacific-10 All-Academic selection.

Lamun, a general science major, maintains a 3.82 grade point average. The 2003 Pac-10 co-champion on floor, she competed as an all-arounder in nine meets in 2004, with a high of 39.300. She had season-highs of 9.95 on beam and floor and 9.925 on bars and won five individual titles in 2004. Lamun is Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member and was an NACGC Scholastic All-American in 2003.

Deacon, a business administration major with a 3.66 grade point average, earned second team Academic All-District honors for the second consecutive season. He capped off his career with a second-place showing in the Northwest Shootout, his final tournament as a Beaver. It was his fourth career top 10 finish. Deacon is a SAAC member and attended the 2003 NCAA Leadership Conference.

Nominees for the at-large teams were taken from student-athletes in the sports ofbowling (women), crew (women), fencing, field hockey (women), golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball (men), water polo and wrestling (men).

In order to be considered, athletes must have a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade point average, have reached sophomore standing both academically and athletically, have completed at least one full academic year at their current institutions, and participated in at least 50 percent of their team's competitions.

The team is selected by a vote of College Sports Information Directors of America members within District VIII, which includes schools in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and British Columbia.

2004 CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Men's and Women's At-Large Teams

Men's First TeamJonathan Alleman - Volleyball, Brigham Young, Senior (3.50, Accounting)Attila Banhidy - Water Polo, California, Senior (3.50, Economics)Kurt Boehm - Swimming, Hawaii, Senior (3.87, Mechanical Engineering)Scott Carlyle - Golf, California, Senior (3.95, Civil Engineering)Tobias Clemens - Tennis, UCLA, Senior (3.32, Business Economics)Felix Hardt - Tennis, San Diego State, Senior (3.87, International Business)Charles Morton - Rifle, Nevada, Senior (3.76, Mechanical Engineering)Jed Pennell - Wrestling, Oregon State, Senior (3.80, Exercise and Sport Science)Ben Thornhill - Skiing, Utah, Sophomore (3.57, Business)Kyle Weichert - Volleyball, UC Irvine, Volleyball (3.66, Urban & Regional Planning)

Women's First TeamKristi Aamodt - Crew, Gonzaga, Senior (3.88, Public Relations)Kelly Chan - Tennis, Long Beach State, Senior (3.91, Marketing)Nora Feddersen - Field Hockey, California, Senior (3.74, Mass Communications)Marielle Gruenig - Tennis, UC-Santa Barbara, Sophomore (3.97, Biological Studies)Sarah Marshall - Swimming, Pacific, Senior (3.80, Biology)Caitlin McLain - Crew, Loyola Marymount, Junior (3.95, Urban Studies/Political Science)Kari Muth - Gymnastics, Arizona State, Junior (3.96, Finance)Kate Richardson - Gymnastics, UCLA, Sophomore (3.755, Physiological Studies)Birte Steven - Swimming, Oregon State, Senior (3.90, Psychology)Melissa Vituj - Gymnastics, Utah, Senior (3.452, Health Promotion & Education)

Men's Second TeamCheyne Bloch - Swimming, Hawaii, Senior (3.87, Mechanical Engineering)Sean Deacon - Golf, Oregon State, Senior (3.66, Business Administration)Zachary Ferguson - Swimming, Arizona, Senior (3.93, Psychology)Tyler Hildebrand - Volleyball, Long Beach State, Sophomore (3.43, Undeclared)Byron Jeffers - Swimming, Arizona, Junior (3.78, Accounting)Fernando Pessoa - Volleyball, Brigham Young, Senior (3.46, Exercise and Sport Science)Adam Schrader - Volleyball, UCLA, Senior (3.39, Economics)Amar Sigurdsson - Tennis, Pacific, Junior (3.51, Pre-Medicine)Alex Vlaski - Tennis, Washington, Junior (3.45, Business Administration)Nathan Wack - Volleyball, UC-Santa Barbara, Junior (3.86, Financial Mathematics)

Women's Second TeamShirla Choy - Gymnastics, San Jose State, Senior (3.41, Kinesiology)Meghan Demchuk - Swimming, Utah, Sophomore (3.761, Business)Monica Grova - Crew, UCLA, Junior (3.801, Neuroscience)Agnes Kovacs - Swimming, Arizona State, Junior (3.43, Marketing)Chrissy Lamun - Gymnastics, Oregon State, Sophomore (3.82, General Science)Kristen Lewis - Swimming, UCLA, Senior (3.571, Sociology)April Mancuso - Skiing, Utah, Junior (3.570, Exercise and Sport Science)Emily Mason - Swimming, Arizona, Junior (3.26, Journalism)Therese Wenslow - Golf, Oregon, Sophomore (4.02, Business Administration)

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