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Persson-Gulda & Huberli Named Academic All-District

May 26, 2005

BOULDER - University of Colorado junior golfer Maria Persson-Gulda and senior nordic skier Muriele Huberli were named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII University Division Women's At-Large team as selected by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday.  Of the 40 student-athletes nominated, they are two of 10 that will advance to the national ballot.


            The team features three student-athletes from the University of Nebraska and two student-athletes from each the University of Denver and the University of Colorado and one each from the University of Northern Colorado, South Dakota State University and Saint Louis University. The squad was comprised of a graduate student, five seniors and four juniors and the average grade point average of the team members was 3.84. In total, five different sports were represented on the team.


            Persson-Gulda owns a junior season 77.16 strokes per average which is third on a CU team that had eight top 10 finishes, including a pair of runner-up showings, 24th in one of the toughest leagues in the country.  She finished as CU's low score in two tournaments and had four top-20 finishes, including a career best fifth at the Boise State Fall Invitational after carding a career low 54-hole 218.  All but one round of 31 counted towards the team total in which she held six low team rounds this year, including three in the last three tournaments...Her 3.906 gpa, including a perfect 4.00 this spring, in engineering physics is one of the top-10 highest among CU's 320-plus student athletes.


            A four-time All-American including 2005 with a sixth place 15k freestyle finish at the NCAA Championships in Stowe, Vt.  During the strongest season of her career, Huberli was just the third CU women's nordic skier to race in four NCAA Championships, first since 1991.  After sitting out of the season opener due to illness, she returned to form a week later for her first of eight top-10 finishes on the season, including three, third-place showings.  In 44 career races she has 29 top-10 efforts.  She is a 2003 and '04 Division I National All-Academic Ski Team member with a 3.60 gpa in accounting.



2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII Women's At-Large Team - University Division

Name School Sport Yr. Hometown GPA Major(s)

Michaela Amereller        Denver              Swimming         3.76             International Business

Sierra Binek                  No. Colorado     Swimming         3.97             Chemistry

Kelly Evans                   So. Dakota St    Golf                  4.00             Microbiology

Tara Hamilton                Denver              Skiing               3.75             Biological Sciences

Muriele Huberli             Colorado          Skiing              3.60             Accounting

Gitte Ostermann             Nebraska          Tennis              3.804/3.67 Advertising

Maria Persson-Gulda   Colorado          Golf                  3.906             Engineering Physics

Jamie Saas                   Nebraska          Gymnastics       3.772             Family, Consumer Science

Richelle Simpson           Nebraska          Gymnastics       3.882    Intl. Studies/French

Kelly Tessar                  Saint Louis        Swimming         3.925             Occupational Therapy