71 Honorees Top MWC Academic List

Quarterback John Beck was one of 71 Cougar athletes recognized as Academic All-Mountain West Conference. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The Mountain West Conference announced its 2004 Fall Semester Academic All-Mountain West team Thursday.

The conference announced 325 student-athletes were named to the list. BYU led the MWC with 71 honorees, 25 more than any other school in the league.

To be eligible for All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have completed at least one term while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. The student-athletes must also be starters or significant contributors on their athletic team.

The Cougar football team had an MWC-best 31 student-athletes recognized as All-Academic performers. Austin Collie, who also earned MWC Freshman of the Year recognition, and second-team All-MWC Quarterback John Beck highlight the list of football players honored.

Seven BYU women's volleyball players were recognized. Junior Lindsy Hartsock, who excelled on the court earning the Collegiate Volleyball Update Blocker of the Year award, also performed well in the classroom, maintaining a 3.4 grade point average majoring in health science.

Women's soccer had 12 Academic All-Conference honorees, including first-team All-MWC performer Claire Thomas with a 3.52 GPA in biology.

Four-time All-American cross country runner Laura Turner is one of 10 women's cross country runners named to the Academic All-Mountain West team. She has a 3.13 GPA in physical education.

Among the 11 runners honored for the fifth-ranked men's cross country team was team-leader Joshua Rohatinsky, who maintains a 3.46 grade point average in exercise science.

For a complete list of All-Academic honorees for the BYU teams see the Mountain West Conference release.

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