Swimming And Diving Earns 20 Pac-10 All-Academic Honors

March 29, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. (www.thesundevils.com) -- The Sun Devil men's and women's swimming and diving teams have earned 20 Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic honors, announced Wednesday by Commissioner Tom Hansen. A student-athlete must have a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 and be either a starter or significant contributor to be eligible.

Earning first team honors for the Arizona State University women's swimming and diving team were sophomore Caitlin Andrew (San Antonio, Texas), junior Jill Kripps (Seattle, Wash.) and senior Sandra Steffensen (Treeleborg, Sweden). Andrew earned a 3.83 GPA and her major is undeclared, Kripps accumulated a 4.00 GPA and is majoring in kinesiology and Steffensen earned a 3.75 GPA in marketing. Sun Devil junior diver Cassidy Farwell (Glendale, Calif.) received second team honors earning a 3.59 GPA in kinesiology.

Eleven Sun Devils were recognized as honorable mentions for the Pac-10 All-Academic Women's Swimming and Diving Teams including junior Abra Armour (Sunnyvale, Calif.), senior Erin Baldinger (Phoenix, Ariz.), sophomore Lindsey Brown (Saginaw, Mich.), senior Sally Brown (Andover, Mass.), junior Christine Creek (Simi Valley, Calif.), sophomore Sarah Fischer (Boulder, Colo.), junior Amanda Gillespie (Ottawa, Ontario), senior Kathryn Hennessy (Kansas City, Mo.), senior Heidi Schmidt (Visalia, Calif.), sophomore Emlynn Tursick (Carpinteria, Calif.) and senior Kari Wilcox (Rocklin, Calif.).

On the men's side, sophomore Lucas Azevedo (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), senior Joey Clements (Rowland Heights, Calif.) and senior Joona Puhakka (Helsinki, Finland) made the Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team. Azevedo is a pre-business major and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.32. Clements accumulated a 3.08 GPA in art and Puhakka also has a 3.08 GPA in marketing.

Two Sun Devils earned honorable mention recognition on the men's team including seniors David Kolozar (Budapest, Hungary) and Brett Meconis (Farmington Hills, Mich.). Under ASU Head Coach Mike Chasson, the Sun Devils have earned 128 Pac-10 All-Academic honors.

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