GTE Academic All-American Spring Women's At-Large Team Includes 12 Student Athletes with Perfect Grade-Point Average

Full Transparency

Our editorial transparency tool uses blockchain technology to permanently log all changes made to official releases after publication.

More of our content is being permanently logged via blockchain technology starting [10.23.2020].

Learn more

STAMFORD, Conn. - - The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced the GTE Academic All-America Spring Women's At-Large Teams today. Of the 31 student-athletes named to the first team, 12 have perfect 4.0 Grade Point Averages (GPA's) for their college careers.

In the University Division, the six are: Maria Abatjoglou of Kansas (tennis), a senior from Charleston, W. Va.; Jill Blankenship of Kentucky (track), a senior from Sycamore, Ill.; Simone Bock of New Mexico (tennis), a senior from Wuerzburg, Germany; Katie Ollendick of Virginia Tech (tennis), a senior from Blacksburg, Va., who was the Division's Team Member of the Year; Rikke Pederson of Northern Arizona (track), a junior from Stenloese, Denmark; and Charity Wachera of West Virginia (track), a senior from Nairobi, Kenya.

The six in the College Division are: Monica Bradley of Drew (lacrosse), a junior from Newton, N.J.; Kelli Brady of Truman St. (tennis), a senior from Jefferson City, Mo.; Misty Campbell of Northwest Missouri St. (track), a senior from St. Joseph, Mo.; Elise Henry of Nebraska-Omaha (track), senior from Council Bluffs, Iowa; Julie Mavity of Abilene Christian (tennis), a junior from Katy, Texas; and Jill Patronagio of Augustana (Ill.) (track), a senior from Coal Valley, Ill. The College Division Team Member of the Year was Rebecca Tucker of SUNY-Brockport (lacrosse), a senior from Scottsville, N.Y.

Of the 31 student-athletes named to the first team, 21 (68 %) had GPA's of at least 3.90 with an average GPA of 3.89.

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.

With 1997 revenues of more than $23 billion, GTE is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies and a leading provider of integrated telecommunications services. In the United States, GTE provides local service in 28 states and wireless service in 17 states; nationwide long-distance and internetworking services ranging from dial-up Internet access for residential and small-business consumers to Web-based applications for Fortune 500 companies; as well as video service in selected markets.

Outside the United States, the company serves more than 7 million telecommunications customers. GTE is also a leader in government and defense communications systems and equipment, directories and telecommunications-based information services, and aircraft-passenger telecommunications.

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

1998 GTE Academic All-America Women's Spring At-Large Teams

University Division First Team

NameSchool/SportYr.HometownGPA/MajorMaria AbatjoglouKansas (Tennis)Sr.Charleston, W. Va.4.00/Spanish/PhilosophySanem BerksoySo. Ill.-Carbondale (Tennis)Sr.Istanbul, Turkey3.96/Mechanical EngineeringJill BlankenshipKentucky (Track)Sr. Sycamore, Ill. 4.00/BiologySimone Bock New Mexico (Tennis) Sr.Wuerzburg, Germany4.00/Intl. BusinessKellee BoothArizona St. (Golf)Sr.Coto de Caza, Calif.3.55/Business Mgmt.Julie BorosGeorgia (Golf)Sr.Plantation, Fla.3.97/FinancePeggy BoutillierVirginia (Lacrosse)Sr.Baltimore, Md.3.60/Sociology/EducationFelice Aisha ChowMiami (Crew)Sr.Maraval, Trinidad3.96/Microbiology & ImmunologyBeth CranstonFlorida (Track)Sr.Dayton, Ohio 3.91/Environmental EngineeringNada Kawar UCLA (Track) Sr.Montrose, Calif.3.90/BiologyMichelle MagidBoston Univ. (Tennis)Sr.Houston, Texas3.65/BiologyKatie Ollendick***Virginia Tech (Track)Sr.Blacksburg, Va.4.00/Psych./Exercise ScienceChristy OtteMontana St. (Track)Sr.Billings, Mont.3.81/Studio ArtsRikke PedersonNorthern Arizona (Track)Jr.Stenloese, Denmark4.00/Civil EngineeringJulie ScottStanford (Tennis)Sr.Austin, Texas3.55/PsychologyCharity WacheraWest Virginia (Track)Sr.Nairobi, Kenya4.00/Community Health

University Division Second Team

Jenny Adams Tennessee Tech (Track)Jr.Lawrenceville, Tenn.4.00/Chemistry
Lisa BeranKansas (Track)Sr.Hays, Kan.3.92/Biology/Pre-Med.
Dora DjilianovaFresno St. (Tennis)Jr. Plovdiv, Bulgaria3.93/Business
Amy EricksonMarquette (Track)Sr.Two Rivers, Wis.3.52/Speech Pathology
Rebecca FlowersWilliam & Mary (Track)Sr.Lovettsville, Va.3.97/Geology
Margaret GardelBrown (Crew)Sr.Acton, Mass.3.81/Physics/Math
Leslie HenleyTennessee (Track)Sr. Manchester, Tenn.3.87/Exercise Science
Heather HowardRice (Track)Jr.Westminster, Colo.4.00/Biology/Managerial Studies
Alicia KerstynSouth Florida (Tennis)Sr.Valrico, Fla.3.82/Biology
Laura Martin South Alabama (Track)Soph.Kincardine, Ontario4.00/Statistics
Sascha NewmarchMaryland (Lacrosse)Sr.West Lakes, Australia3.51/Marketing
Elena PiliptchakKansas St. (Tennis)Sr.Kiev, Ukraine4.00/Accounting & Finance
Kelly SmithColorado (Track)Sr.Petoskey, Mich.3.98/English
Jamie StrieterWestern Michigan (Track)Sr.Rolling Prairie, Ind.3.81/Integrated Supply Mgmt.
Krystyn Van VlietBrown (Crew)Sr.Bridgeton, N.J.3.90/Engin./Biomedical Ethics
Maureen WickerhamSyracuse (Track)Grad.Saratoga Springs, N.Y.4.00/Public Admin.

University Division Third Team

Emily AnthonyAustin Peay (Track)Sr.Adams, Tenn.3.69/Biology/Chemistry
Erin CarneyIndiana (Golf)Sr.Lacrosse, Wis.3.57/Finance
Mallory CroslandVanderbilt (Golf)Jr.Bethesda, Md.4.00/Economics
Holly Mays-DeemLiberty (Track)Sr.Logan, Ohio3.86/Nursing
Brooke DivineDrake (Track)Sr.Austin, Minn.4.00/Biology
Gina DysardDayton (Tennis)Sr.Michigan City, Ind.3.93/Elementary/Special Ed.
Kristin EhstVanderbilt (Lacrosse)Jr.Bally, Pa.3.95/Biology
Gladys GanielProvidence (Track)Jr.Harrington, Maine3.97/Political Science
Cheryl HaslagSouthwest Missouri St. (Track)Sr.California, Mo.4.00/Psychology
Olga MencnarowskaSouth Alabama (Track)Jr.Trined, Czech.4.00/Marketing/Intl. Business
Angie MenserIndiana St. (Track)Sr.Batesville, Ind.3.80/Accounting
Minna RasimusSouth Florida (Track)Jr.Ulvila, Finland4.00/Economics
Anna WidenNorthern Illinois (Tennis)Soph.Boras, Sweden4.00/Finance

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

1998 GTE Academic All-America Women's Spring At-Large Teams

College Division First Team

Danielle ArgentoShippensburg (Lacrosse)Sr.Westbury, N.Y.3.99/Elementary Education
Vista BeasleyEmory (Track)Sr.Fitzgerald, Ga.3.55/Biology
Monica BradleyDrew (Lacrosse)Jr.Newton, N.J.4.00/Religious Studies
Kelli BradyTruman St. (Tennis)Sr.Jefferson City, Mo.4.00/Ex. Sci./Pre-Phys. Therapy
Misty CampbellNorthwest Missouri St. (Track)Sr.St. Joseph, Mo.4.00/Middle/Junior High Ed.
Ranessa CrawfordAbilene Christian (Track)Sr.Evant, Texas3.87/Biology
Jennifer HartmanCedar Crest (Lacrosse)Sr.Boyertown, Pa. 3.89/Genetic Engineering
Elise HenryNebraska-Omaha (Track)Sr.Council Bluffs, Iowa4.00/Biology/Pre-Med.
Andrea JeseritzNorth Dakota St. (Track)Sr.Hutchinson, Minn.3.92/Psychology
Julie MavityAbilene Christian (Tennis)Jr.Katy, Texas4.00/History
Laura Nelson Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Track)Sr.Schofield, Wis.3.92/Elementary Education
Jill PatronagioAugustana (Ill.) (Track)Sr.Coal Valley, Ill.4.00/Biology/Pre-Vet. Med.
Rebecca Tucker***SUNY-Brockport (Lacrosse)Sr.Scottsville, N.Y.3.96/Psych./Phys. Ed.
Lace Van ZeelandWisconsin-LaCrosse (Track)Sr.Kimberly, Wis.3.90/Physical Therapy
Debra WoodGannon (Lacrose)Jr.Coatesville, Pa.3.69/Pre-Phys. Therapy/Science

College Division Second Team

Andrea ClarkCalvin (Track)Sr.McBain, Mich.3.89/Commun./Rec. Therapy
Danielle DuffySwarthmore (Track)Sr.Media, Pa.3.69/Biochemistry
Tiffany EbenspergerWisconsin-Oshkosh (Track)Sr.Juda, Wis.3.39/Biology/Pre-Vet.
April FeltGustavus Adolphus (Track)Soph.Fridley, Minn.3.96/Math/Classics
Ann HisrichBaldwin-Wallace (Track)Sr.New Philadelphia, Ohio3.92/Sports Mgmt.
Wendy JollyHardin-Simmons (Tennis)Jr.Sweeny, Texas4.00/Biology
Tina KeckIllinois Coll. (Track)Sr.Millstadt, Ill.3.96/Accounting
Kate LArmandWidener (Track)Soph.Swarthmore, Pa.3.98/Psychology
Codi Lehr North Dakota St. (Track)Soph.Gackle, N. Dak.3.94/Pharmacy
Lisa MalminSeattle Pacific (Track)Sr.Gig Harbor, Wash.3.99/Chemistry
Kathy NelsonOklahoma Christian (Track)Jr.Fort Worth, Texas3.91/Biology/Pre-Phys. Therapy
Kinga SlowinskaWorcester St. (Track)Jr.Winchendon, Mass.3.99/Occupational Therapy
Chrissy SwartzOhio Wesleyan (Lacrosse)Sr.Columbus, Ohio3.79/Chemistry/Pre-Med.
Debbie VolkersAugustana (S. Dak.)Jr.Primghar, Iowa3.70/Fitness
Tammy WilliamsGustavus Adolphus (Golf)Jr.Silverton, Ore.3.98/Mathematics

College Division Third Team

Sr.Greenville, Pa.3.97/Bus. Admin./Env. Science
Beth BowlerSpringfield (Track)Sr.Arlington, Mass.3.59/Physical Therapy
Kim-Laura BoyleColby-Sawyer (Lacrosse)Sr.Plainfield, Vt.3.72/Biology
Jess EllisLuther (Track)Sr.Waukon, Iowa3.56/Biology
Deanna EstesShenandoah (Lacrosse)Sr.Rochelle, Va.3.35/Env. Science
Jamie HagerbaumerEmory (Track)Jr.Waukegan, Ill.3.97/Economics
Jaimee HeffnerWashington & Jefferson (Track)Jr.Clarion, Pa.3.90/Psychology/Sociology
Heather HoyleMissouri Southern St. (Track)Jr.Carl Junction, Mo.3.94/Pre-Pharmacy
Amy KoontzBloomsburg (Tennis)Jr.Bedford, Pa.3.95/Political Science
Maureen McGranaghanCarnegie-Mellon (Track)Jr.Knoxville, Tenn.3.96/Humanities & Arts/
Heidi NicholsIthaca (Track)Sr.Newfield, N.Y.3.54/Sociology
Skye Beth PorterHardin-Simmons (Golf)Sr.Petersburg, Texas4.00/Psychology
Laura ProvinzinoLewis & Clark (Tennis)Sr.St. Cloud, Minn.4.00/History/Intl. Affairs
Nancy RissmillerGeorge Fox (Track)Sr.Tigard, Ore.3.60/Elementary Education
Leah WalbournSt. Lawrence (Tennis)Sr.Oswego, N.Y.3.90/Psychology
Widener (Lacrosse)Sr.Aston, Pa.3.92/Management

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

Related Articles


Virtual Reality (VR) has begun to transform medicine in profound ways. VR solutions are being used to train doctors and to plan and practice operations.


Verizon’s military discounts site shows everything you need to know about Wireless offers, FiOS savings and military career opportunities, all in one place, making it simple for service members and veterans to discover what Verizon has to offer.