Mike Fisher of Virginia Named 1997 GTE Academic All-America Team Member Of The Year On Fall/Winter At-Large Team

STAMFORD, Conn., - - Soccer player Mike Fisher of the University of Virginia, the NCAA player of the year, was
named the GTE Academic All-America Team Member of the Year in the University Division on the 1997 GTE Academic All-America Fall/Winter Men's At-Large Team announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). It is the second straight season Fisher earned the top academic honor while being named his sport's top player.

A senior from Batavia, Ill., Fisher maintained a 3.40 Grade Point Average (GPA) as a biology & pre-medicine major and is the
school's all-time leading scorer. He is a two-time all-American and became only the third player in NCAA history to score 50 goals
and record 50 assists in a career.

Matt Brill, a senior cross country runner from North Central (Ill.) College, was named Team Member of the Year in the College Division. A native of Stratford, N.J., Brill made the GTE first team for the second straight season. He was the 1996 Division
III cross country national champion and was named all-American for four straight seasons.

In addition to Fisher and Brill, four other student-athletes, all soccer players, repeated as GTE Academic All-America
first team members -- Scott Ziemba of Marquette, a senior from St. Charles, Ill. (3.98/psychology); Mike Habalar of
Slippery Rock, a senior from New Holland, Pa. (3.97/secondary education/social studies); Joel Kosakoff of UC San Diego,
a senior from Del Mar, Calif. (4.00/economics/psychology); and Justin Krueger of Ohio Wesleyan, a senior from Loveland,
Ohio (3.95/history/chemistry/pre-med.)

The 30 first team members have an average GPA of 3.88, with nine posting a perfect GPA and 11 others recording at least a 3.92.

The GTE Academic All-America Teams are selected by a vote of the 1,800-member CoSIDA. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. Sports information directors nominate eligible athletes from their schools who are named to district teams prior to being voted
upon on the national level. CoSIDA has been selecting Academic All-America teams since 1952.

GTE, one of the largest publicly held telecommunications companies in the world, has been the exclusive sponsor of the Academic All-America program since 1985. GTE has wireline and wireless operations that form a market area covering about one-third of the U.S. population.

To extend its support of college athletics, GTE recently became the "Official Telecommunications Consultant" to the
NCAA as well as the Pacific-10, Big Ten and Big 12 conferences.

Following is a complete list of the 1997 GTE Academic All-America
Men's At-Large Teams in the University and College Divisions:

1997 GTE Academic All-America
Men's Fall/Winter At-Large Teams

University Division First Team

Name School/Sport Yr. Hometown GPA/Major
Omar Amr UC Irvine (Water Polo/Swim) Sr. Fullerton,Calif. 3.55/Biological Sciences
Brad Barnes SW Missouri St. (Soccer)Sr. Aurora, Colo. 4.00/Accounting
Joe Burch Bowling Green (Soccer) Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio 3.72/Business
Andrew DeVooght Georgia (Swimming) Sr. Peoria, Ill. 3.86/Political Science
Mike Fisher* Virginia (Soccer) Sr. Batavia, Ill. 3.40/Biology & Pre-Med.
Jason Hamma Montana (Cross Country) Jr. Butte, Mont. 4.00/Business Admin.
Bjorn Hansen Northeastern (Soccer) Sr. Torring, Denmark 3.85/Int'l. Business
Alex Lamme Nebraska (Cross Country) Jr. Fremont,Neb. 3.97/Accounting
Joe Leibold Xavier (Swimming) Sr. Kettering, Ohio 4.00/Natural Sciences
Bill Lester Notre Dame (Fencing) Sr. Windsor, Ontario 3.48/Biochemistry
Jonathon Pillow Arizona (Cross Country) Sr. Scottsdale, Ariz. 4.00/Math/Philosophy
Jonathan Pillow Tulsa (Cross Country) Jr.Tulsa, Okla 4.00/Biological Science
Marc Thorne Cornell (Soccer) Sr. Clifton Park, N.Y. 3.99/Biological Science
Barry Wynn Georgia (Swimming) Sr. Spartanburg, S.C. 4.00/Management
Scott Ziemba Marquette (Soccer) Sr. St. Charles,Ill. 3.98/Psychology

University Division Second Team

Jon Corbitt Illinois (Gymnastics) Jr. Old Bridge, N.J.3.99/Spanish
Ted Harris
Nebraska (Gymnastics) Sr. Kearney, Neb. 3.91/Finance
Ryan Kehoe Wisconsin (Soccer) Jr. Brookfield, Wis. 4.00/Zoology
Marcelo Kingston Louisiana St. (Swimming) Sr. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4.00/Business
Jason Krug Mankato St. (Ice Hockey) Jr. Terrace, BC 3.72/Business Admin.
Jim Kunevicius UNC Charlotte (Soccer) Jr. Independence,Ohio 3.88/Information Mgmt.
Steve Noble Notre Dame (Ice Hockey) Jr. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario 3.98/Finance
Jeff Rihn Duquesne (Soccer) Jr. Allison Park, Pa. 4.00/Biology/Theology
Joe Roemer Penn State (Gymnastics) Sr. Pittsfield, Mass. 3.77/Finance
Matt Schlessman Minnesota (Swimming) Sr. Avon, Ohio 3.77/Mechanical Engin.
Andriy Shapowal Virginia (Soccer) Jr. Chagrin Falls,Ohio 3.95/Commerce/Finance/Mrktng
Sigurd Slaastad Northern Illinois (Soccer) Sr. Oslo, Norway 3.84/Physical Therapy
Alastair Steel Wisconsin (Soccer) Sr. Bergen, Norway 3.94/Chemical Engin.
Uli Steidl Portland (Cross Country) Sr. Erlenbach,Germany 3.93/Chemistry
Todd White Clarkson (Ice Hockey) Sr. Kanata, Ontario 3.36/Accounting/Finance

University Division Third Team

Erik Anderson Kentucky (Rifle) Sr. Peachtree City,Ga. 3.81/Computer Science
Michael Andrews Arkansas St. (Cross Country) Sr. Little Rock, Ark. 3.94/English/Radio TV
Matt Branum North Carolina (Swimming) Sr. Sugar Land, Texas 3.80/Political Science
Matt Brown Purdue (Swimming) Sr. Fort Dodge, Iowa 3.38/Agricultural Engin.
Greg Chang Harvard (Fencing) Sr. Lexington, Mass. 3.59/Biochemistry
Henrik Cleverdal Cincinnati (Swimming) Sr. Norrkoping, Sweden 3.82/Operations Mgmt.
Donald Everett FieldNavy (Soccer) Jr. Middletown,Wis. 3.93/Physics
Brendan Grubbs USC (Water Polo) Sr. South Pasadena,CA 3.44/Biology
Steve Haley Army (Swimming) Jr. Tigard, Ore. 3.96/Math/Science
Mike Johnson Bowling Green (Ice Hockey) Sr. Scarborough, Ontario 3.66/Finance
Brook Kintz Georgetown (Cross Country) Sr. Eugene,Ore. 3.49/Environ. Studies
Scott McCall William & Mary (Gymnastics) Sr. Maryville, Tenn. 3.62/Biology
Barry Purcell James Madison (Soccer) Sr. Richmond, Va. 3.43/Geography
Britton Smith Navy (Swimming) Jr. Ramsey, N.J. 3.81/Mechanical Engin.
Calvin Thigpen Mississippi (Cross Country) Jr. Jackson, Miss. 4.00/Chemistry

* GTE Academic All-America Team Member
of the Year - University Division

1997 GTE Academic All-America
Men's Fall/Winter At-Large Teams

College Division First Team

Name School/SportYr. Hometown GPA/Major
Kip Adrian Kalamazoo (Soccer) Sr. Kalamazoo, Mich. 4.00/Health Sci./Econ.
Devin Balkcom Johns Hopkins (Swimming) Sr. Columbia,Md. 3.89/Comp. Sci./Int'l. Stud.
Matt Brill * North Central (Cross Country) Sr. Stratford,N.J. 3.54/Int'l. Bus./Japanese
Aaron Brinkman St. Francis (Ill.) (Soccer) Sr. Joliet,Ill. 3.94/Political Science
Dan Cliburn Illinois Coll. (Wrestling) SR. Corydon,Ind. 3.92/Comp. Science/Math
Dan Denning Kenyon (Cross Country) Jr. Columbus,Ohio 3.95/Molecular Biology
Paul DiCamillo Johns Hopkins (Cross Country) Sr. Potomac, Md. 3.99/Biomed. & Elec. Engin.
Jeremy Dubow Wash. U. (Mo.) (Cross Country) Jr. HighlandPark, Ill. 3.95/Finance/Accounting
Mike Habalar Slippery Rock (Soccer) Sr. New Holland,Pa. 3.97/Sec. Ed./Soc. Studies
Nathan Hottle Washington & Lee (Swimming) Sr. Clearbrook, Va. 3.84/Eng./Computer Sci.
Joel Kosakoff UC San Diego (Soccer) Sr. Del Mar,Calif. 4.00/Economics/Psychology
Justin Krueger Ohio Wesleyan (Soccer) Sr. Loveland,Ohio 3.95/History/Chem./Pre-Med
Michael Mrvale St. Francis (Ill.) (Soccer) Sr. Shorewood,Ill. 3.95/Mathematics/Accounting
Arnold Seto MIT (Cross Country) GR Winnetka, Calif.
5.00**/Health Sci. & Tech.
Mark Sundet Luther (Cross Country) Sr. Algona, Iowa3.76/Biology/Health

College Division Second Team

Leo Carney Messiah (Wrestling) Sr. Bradford, Pa. 3.69/Biology/Pre-Med.
Seamus Donnelly Franklin Pierce (Soccer) Sr. Dublin, Ireland 3.30/Int'l. Business
Michel Dupont St. Michael's (Ice Hockey) Jr. Montreal,Quebec 3.56/Biology
David Fox Nichols (Ice Hockey) Sr. Blenheim, Ontario4.00/Accounting
Scott Frerichs Bentley (Ice Hockey) Sr. Shaker Heights,Ohio 3.81/Finance
Sam Glass Calvin (Soccer) Sr. Grand Rapids, Mich. 3.97/Chem./Class. Civilization
Oliver Grund Ashland (Cross Country) Sr. Lohfelden,Germany 3.80/Philosophy/Pol. Science
Marlon Haverdink N'western (IA) (Cross Country) Sr. Ankeny, Iowa 3.99/Business Education
Ben Kitzke Rochester (Swimming) Sr. Knoxville, Tenn.3.95/Optics
Kevin Lannon St. Norbert (Cross Country) Sr. Bolingbrook,Ill. 4.00/English/Math/Physics
Dan Lewandowski Augsburg (Wrestling) Sr. Hastings,Minn. 3.50/Computer Science
Andy Reigstad Saint Cloud St. (Wrestling) Sr. Willmar, Minn. 3.80/Elementary Education
John Smith Rollins (Soccer) Sr. Manchester, England3.65/History
Albert Wheeler Otterbein (Cross Country) Jr. Lancaster, Ohio 4.00/Biology/Chemistry
Ron Zukley Delaware Valley (Wrestling) Sr. Doylestown, Pa. 3.75/Environmental Science

College Division Third Team

Jonathan Dandy Harding (Cross Country) Jr. Topeka,Kan. 4.00/Physics/Chemistry
John Dorsch Hillsdale (Cross Country) Sr. Amherst, Ohio 4.00/Biology/Pre-Med.
Samuel Gibson N'western (Iowa) (Wrestling) Jr. Stuart, Iowa 4.00/Chemistry/Biology
Aaron Holley Brandeis (Cross Country) Sr. Arlington,Mass. 3.64/Biology/Psychology
Pat Kelly Nebraska-Omaha (Wrestling) Sr. Cody, Wyo. 3.52/Business
Matthew Lau MIT (Water Polo) Sr. Tacoma, Wash. 4.40**/Electrical Engin./Comp. Sci.
Brad Murray Williams (Soccer) Sr. Wellesley, Mass. 3.35/Economics
David Nellis Augustana (IL) (Cross Country) Sr. W. Des Moines, Iowa 3.57/Comp. Sci./Math/Geog.
Mike Northrop Tufts (Cross Country) Sr. Durham, N.H. 3.55/Mechanical Engineering
Aluede Okokhere
California Lutheran (Soccer) Sr. Uromi, Edo, Nigeria 3.59/Accounting
Matt Olver John Carroll (Swimming) Sr. Rochester, N.Y. 3.85/Econ./Foreign Affairs
Jacob Schmidt Muhlenberg (Soccer) Sr. Spokane, Wash. 3.73/Economics
Chris TruittAdams State (Cross Country) Sr. Lovington, N.M. 4.00/Allied Health/Biology
William Watts Calvin (Soccer) Sr. Altadena, Calif. 3.96/Math/Pre-Med.
Jerome Lee Yaw Gardner-Webb (Soccer) Sr. Point-a-Pierre,Trinidad 3.81/Business

* GTE Academic All-America Team Member
of the Year - College Division
** 5.0 Scale