Two Men's Swimmers Earn Academic All-District Honors

May 27, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. - Two University of Arizona men's swimming team members were selected to the 2004 Academic All-District VIII At-Large teams, in voting released Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Senior Zachary Ferguson and junior Byron Jeffers were among 10 student-athletes named to the District VIII At-Large second team.

Ferguson, a native of Knoxville, Iowa, carries a 3.93 grade point average in Psychology and helped the Wildcats to a third-place team finish at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. He participated in both freestyle and butterfly events. He was a two-time all-Pac-10 academic selection and also earned second-team academic all-district accolades from CoSIDA in 2002. Ferguson was a four-time UA Mary J. Roby Academic Award winner as well.

Jeffers, a native of Durban, South Africa, carries a 3.784 grade point average in Accounting and was a key member of Arizona's third-place squad at the NCAA Championships. He earned first-team All-America honors in the 200-meter freestyle relay with a time of 1:25.69. He also finished second in two events at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships. He is a two-time All-American and a three-time Mary J. Rody Academic Achievement Award winner. It is the first time he has been honored with CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII honors.

In order to be eligible for Academic All-District honors, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), must be a starter or an important reserve and be in at least their second season at their current school.

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. Members of CoSIDA in the states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Utah were responsible for the voting.

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