Scott Carlyle, Attila Banhidy Named Academic All-Americans

June 15, 2004

BERKELEY - Scott Carlyle, who helped the Cal men's golf team capture the 2004 NCAA title, and National Water Polo Player of the Year finalist Attila Banhidy have both been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team in the at-large division.

Carlyle, with a 3.95 GPA in civil engineering, was a first-team choice, while Banhidy, who has a 3.50 GPA in economics, made the second team.

Earlier this spring, Carlyle received Cal's Neufeld Scholar-Athlete Award for having the highest GPA among Cal's senior male student-athletes. The first team Pac-10 All-Academic player earned honorable mention all-conference honors this year and was one of five finalists for the Byron Nelson Award.

Out on the course, Carlyle was a key member of the Bears' national champion squad. During the NCAA Tournament, he shot a pair of 71s in the opening two rounds to help Cal forge one-shot leads after each day. The Bears went on to win the crown by six strokes over UCLA.

Banhidy, who received the Pac-10 Medal as the top male student-athlete at Cal for 2003-04, was one of three finalists for the Peter Cutino Award given to the nation's top water polo player. He finished his Cal career with 164 goals and led the team in scoring each of his four seasons. A two-time first-team All-American, Banhidy also earned CoSIDA District VIII All-Academic honors as a junior in 2003.

Overall, 15 student-athletes are named to the first, second and third-team Academic All-America squads in the at-large category, which includes all sports except football, soccer, basketball, baseball, and track & field.

To be eligible, a student-athletes must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.20 and have reached sophomore standing. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II and III and the NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.

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