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UC Irvine's Salute to Scholar-Athletes

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IRVINE, Calif. -- UC Irvine Athletics honored 113 student-athletes at the annual Salute To Scholar-Athletes banquet Wednesday night at the Bren Events Center.

This year's list of Scholar-Athletes brings UCI's total to 3,616 since 1983.

Requirements for this award include maintaining a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) over the previous three quarters or a 3.2 GPA over two quarters for freshmen and transfer students.  Student-athletes must also earn letters in their sports.

The Scholar-Athlete award was implemented by the Big West Conference to honor those student-athletes that have maintained a high level of scholastic excellence while participating in intercollegiate athletics.  UCI expanded the award to include teams that do not participate in Big West-sponsored sports.

In addition to the 113 scholar-athletes, UCI also honored several individuals.  Charles Jock was recognized as the Lauds & Laurels Outstanding Student-Athlete, the most prestigious award given by the UCI Alumni Association.  Jock was recently named Big West Track Athlete of the Year for the third consecutive year and is a two-time All-American.  He currently holds the fastest 800 meter time (1:44:75) in the United States and will compete in the NCAA Championships beginning Wednesday (June 6) in Des Moines, Iowa.

Senior track athlete Amber Middleton garnered UCI Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.  Middleton, who was the Big West runner-up in both the 100 and 400 hurdle events, advanced to the NCAA West Preliminary Round.  The sociology major was a member of UCI’s school-record 4x400 relay team (3:42.25) and ranks second in UCI history in the 100 hurdles (13.71) and is third all-time (58.96).

Baseball player Crosby Slaught was honored as the UCI Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. Slaught, a social sciences major, finished his career on the mound with a 23-10 record, good for sixth in the Anteater record book. The pitcher had 49 career starts, which ties him for fifth at UCI, and his 23 wins are tied for eighth all-time.

Baseball player D.J. Crumlich was recognized at the banquet after being honored in March as UCI’s Big West Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.  The senior shortstop was tabbed Big West Defensive Player of the Year along with being named to the All- Big West Second Team.  He led the team with a .324 batting average and paced the Anteaters with 39 runs scored.  The business economics major has also been named to the Big West Academic all-Conference team.

Soccer player Lexi Kopf was named UCI’s Big West Female Scholar Athlete of the Year in March.  The senior ended her career at UCI ninth all-time in goals, (20) and 11th in points (44).  Kopf, who was a member of the UCI teams that made NCAA appearances the last two years, was named to the 2011 All-Big West First Team and the Big West All-Academic Team.  She will graduate with degrees in biology and psychology and social behavior.

Track hurdler Jacob Yowell and women’s water polo player Katie Croghan were awarded the UCI Academic Achievement Award by the UCI Admissions Office, and women’s tennis player Stephanie Hammel received the Athletics Leadership Award.  The women’s golf team earned the Faculty Athletic Representative Award for highest team GPA.

UCI also honored student-athletes with Class Performance Awards:

UCI Outstanding Freshman Performance
Cami Privett, Women’s Soccer (Big West Freshman of the Year)
Jillian Yocum, Women’s Water Polo (Second in NCAA Tournament saves)
Will Davis, Men’s Basketball (Set single-game and single-season blocked shots records)

UCI Outstanding Sophomore Performance
Natalia Ledezma, Women’s Soccer (All-Big West first team)
Andrew Thurman, Baseball (All-Big West first team)
Mitch Wise, Men’s Water Polo (Third team All-American)

UCI Outstanding Junior Performance
Jessy Cardey, Women’s Water Polo (Big West Player of the Year)
Ericka Nowell, Women’s Track and Field (Big West Champion in 400-meter hurdles)
Kevin Tillie, Men’s Volleyball (First team All-American)

UCI Outstanding Senior Performance
CoCo Goodson, Women’s Soccer (Second team All-American)
Carson Clark, Men’s Volleyball (First team All-American)
Miguel Ibarra, Men’s Soccer (First team All-American)
Charles Jock, Men’s Track and Field (Big West Track Athlete of the Year)

2011-12 SCHOLAR-ATHLETES

Baseball:  Ryan Cooper, D.J. Crumlich, Jordan Fox, Andy Lines, Jimmy Litchfield, Dillon Moyer, Jonathan Munoz, Ronnie Shaeffer, Crosby Slaught, Taylor Sparks, Connor Spencer, Mark Trentacosta, Matt Whitehouse

Men’s Basketball:  Adam Folker

Men’s Cross Country:  Brennen Halliday, Ryan McMonigle, Trevor Smith.

Men’s Golf:  Mickey Chan, Pete Fernandez

Men’s Soccer:  Bryan Breslin, Victor Calderon, Jake Marcon, Dennis Martinez, Norby Rodriguez

Men’s Tennis:  Mika DeCoster, Eric Gast

Men’s Track and Field:  Stephen Brown, Alvin Cheng, Tommy Hamm, Mike Kennedy, Riley Martin, Trevor Wightman

Men’s Volleyball:  Ian Castellana, Jeremy Dejno, Connor Hughes, Dan McDonnell, Will Montgomery

Men’s Water Polo:  Bo de Lange, Sam Figueroa, Jimmy Friedrich, Derrik Jarvis, Alex Kazmier, Kyle Kittlitz, Winston Newland, Nick Pfeil, Brian Pickford, Alan Robertson

Women’s Basketball:  Cheyenne Cathey, Lauren Spinazze

Women’s Cross Country: Emma Archuleta, Shelley Foerster, Mary Follo, Kaycee Holcomb, Maggie McDuffee, Nicole Mendoza, Chelsea Schneider, Gabbi White, Courtney Wilson

Women’s Golf: Sarah Baek, Michelle Park, Lalita Patipaksiri, Michelle Yang, Taryn Yee

Women’s Soccer: Carly Crowder, Devon Delarosa, Sarah Devine, Kala Gabler, Amanda Hardeman, Lexi Kopf, Jordan Kopf, Alexis Rafael, Mar Rodriguez, Jackie Samis, Dana Sanderlin, Mady Solow

Women’s Tennis: Courtney Byron, Franziska Goettshing, Stephanie Hammel, Brooke Schweyer, Kristina Smith

Women’s Track and Field: Marie Brashears, Itos Aikhionbare, Janessa Brown, Kelly Collins, Jamie Crow, Lauren Freschauf, Kira Helmer, Christa Kondru, Martina Mickos, Amber Middleton, Kelsi Sando, Jennica Smith, Corina Ubario, Alexandra Webb, KayC Wharton

Women’s Volleyball: Pauline Acres, Marissa Alvarez, Mary Carls, Shannon Fleming, Alexandra Hauser, Shaina Olsen, Taylor Smith, Aly Squires, Sarah Wilder, Kristin Winkler

Women’s Water Polo: Kate Avetoom, Hannah Croghan, Katie Croghan, Hilary Estrada, Layne Kipp, Mary Jane O’Neill, Rebecca Voytilla, Danielle Warde

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