Three Cardinal Athletes Earn ESPN Academic All-America Honors

June 10, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - Three Stanford athletes were named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men's At-Large First Team when the selections were announced today. Senior Tanner Gardner of the wrestling team, senior Sandy Hohener of the men's water polo team and senior Dylan Carney of the men's gymnastics team were three of the nation's 15 first-team honorees.

For the second consecutive year, Stanford nabbed three first-team spots, with Carney and Gardner both repeating as winners.

Carney is a biological sciences major from Dartmouth, Mass. with a 3.97 undergraduate GPA and a 4.01 graduate GPA. He is five-time All-American, and won the 2008 Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship and an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship earlier this year. A four-time MPSF All-Academic Team honoree, Carney was the 2006 NCAA Co-National Champion on the horizontal bar and has helped Stanford to three consecutive top-three finishes at the NCAA Championships.

Gardner, who is studying public policy and sociology at Stanford, owns a 3.73 undergraduate GPA and a 4.00 graduate GPA. He became the Cardinal's first three-time All-American this season, with a career-best fifth place finish at the NCAA Championships. Gardner finished his career with a school-record 145 wins, broke the school's single-season pin and win records in 2008 and won his second consecutive Pac-10 title at 125 bounds. Gardner, an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner, was also named the Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for wrestling.

Hohener, a civil engineering major from Santa Ana, Calif. with a 4.09 GPA, started 24 of Stanford's 25 contests in 2007, making 217 saves on the year for an average of 9.04 per game. He also sported a 7.00 goals-against average on the year, and finished his career as a three-time All-American and three-time All-MPSF selection. The Cardinal goalkeeper was also a three-time MPSF All-Academic selection over the course of his career, and a two-time ACWPC All-Academic pick.

Eligible sports for the at-large program are women's bowling, women's crew, men's and women's fencing, women's field hockey, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's rifle, men's and women's skiing, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo and men's wrestling. To be nominated, the student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her career and of at least sophomore academic and athletic standing.

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