Birte Steven Selected To CoSIDA Academic All-American Women's At-Large Team

June 17, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State All-American swimmer Birte Steven has been named a first team selection on the CoSIDA Academic All-America Women's At-Large Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday.

Steven, a psychology major with a 3.90 grade point average, concluded her Oregon State career as a seven-time All-American breaststroker. She picked up her most recent All-American honors at the 2004 NCAA Championships, where she placed second in the 200-meter breaststroke and added a third-place in the 100-meter race.

A native of Hannover, Germany, Steven will represent her home country at the 2004 Summer Olympics after winning the 200-meter breaststroke race at the recent German Olympic Trials. Steven holds the German national record in that event.

A three-time Pacific-10 All-Academic first team selection, she has been selected the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII squad the last three years as well. She earned first team status this year after being named second team in 2003 and third team in 2002. Steven was named one of 12 OSU College of Liberal Arts Most Outstanding Seniors. She also was awarded a Pacific-10 Medal, presented annually to the top male and female senior student-athlete at each Pacific-10 institution.

Steven is the first Oregon State swimmer to earn Academic All-America honors. In all, Oregon State has had 35 Academic All-America selections since the program began in 1952. OSU has had at least one Academic All-American in each of the last nine school years.Student-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 women's at-large team includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis and water polo. A total of 45 athletes received Academic All-America honors on the women's at-large teams (16 first team, 15 second team and 14 third team).

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