Seventeen Gauchos Earn Big West Academic All-Conference Recognition for Winter Seasons

April 8, 2010

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

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Seventeen UC Santa Barbara student-athletes were named to the Big West Academic All-Conference Teams for the winter season, the most of any school in the league. Women's swimming led the way with seven athletes.

To be eligible for the Big West Academic All-Conference team, student-athletes are required to maintain at least 3.2 cumulative grade point average, complete one full academic year at the member institution prior to the season for which the award is being received (at least a sophomore academically), and compete in at least 50 percent of their team's competitions.

The seven women's swimmers to receive the honor are seniors Astrid Amsallem (business economics major), Naomi Javanifard (art history major), Anne Marie May (communication studies major), and Jessica Schwalb (business economics major), juniors Kelsey Lewis (pre-sociology major) and Mariana Prutton (psychology major), and sophomore Sasza Lohrey (pre-psychology major).

The UCSB men's swimming team placed five on the Academic All-Conference Team: seniors Travis Jepson (art major), Jon Kraetsch (history major), and Chris Peterson (mechanical engineering major), junior Kevin Kuhn (pre-communication studies major), and sophomore Evan Simoni (pre-sociology major)

The Gaucho women's basketball team had three honorees: seniors Jordan Franey and Chris Spencer, and sophomore Emilie Johnson.

The Big West Academic All-Conference men's basketball team had four total players and two were from league champion UCSB. Jordan Weiner (political science major), a senior academically who has one year of basketball eligibility remaining, was joined by senior Paul Roemer (sociology major).

In 2008 UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity, and social awareness, along with ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.

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