Kate Richardson, Emily Feher Earn ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Honors
June 17, 2005
UCLA gymnast Kate Richardson and water polo player Emily Feher have been named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Women's At-Large Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Richardson is a second-team selection, while Feher is a third-team honoree.
Richardson, a junior from Coquitlam, BC, earns her second Academic All-America nod. She was a third-team honoree in 2004 as a sophomore. Richardson, a Physiological Science major, has posted a 3.73 cumulative grade point average. The 10-time All-American helped lead UCLA to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships and to the Pac-10 title in 2005. She had season-bests of 39.625 in the all-around, 9.975 on vault, bars and beam and 9.925 on floor while averaging over 9.81 on all four events. She placed fourth on beam and 12th on floor at the 2005 NCAA Championships, and in the summer of 2004, she became the first UCLA female gymnast to make an Olympic team and the first Canadian woman ever to qualify for the Olympic final on floor exercise.
Feher, a sophomore from Santa Ana, CA, is a Psychology major with a 3.72 GPA. The 2005 MPSF Goalkeeper of the Year led UCLA to an undefeated 33-0 season and the team's third NCAA title in the last five years. Feher earned first-team AWPCA All-America and All-MPSF honors and led the conference with a 4.17 goals against average. With her in the net, UCLA had the nation's lowest team goals allowed average, 4.0. Also in 2005, Feher scored her first collegiate goal and had 24 assists and 14 steals. She helped the U.S. Junior National Team win a gold medal at the Junior World Championships in January.
Richardson is the second UCLA gymnast ever to earn Academic All-America acclaim, while Feher is the first women's water polo player. Feher is one of just three underclassmen to be selected to the Women's At-Large team this season.