June 6, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - First Team selections Zack Midles and Jordan Swarthout led a host of Husky track and field athletes named to the Pac-10 All-Academic Team, the conference office announced. Student-athletes must carry a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average to be eligible for consideration.
Washington had seven athletes named to either the First or Second Teams and an additional 20 Huskies earned honorable mention. Six of the Huskies recognized are in action this week at the NCAA Championships, juggling finals while competing against the nation's best for national titles.
Midles earns First Team distinction for the first time in his career. The senior will compete in the hammer throw at NCAAs on Friday. Currently enrolled in a master's program for digital media, Midles owns a 3.63 grade-point average. He is joined on the First Team by Swarthout, a high school teammate of Midles from Capital High in Olympia. Swarthout makes the All-Academic First Team for the second-straight year, and boasts a 3.88 GPA in international studies. Swarthout made the NCAA Prelims at 10,000-meters this season.
Second Team honors on the men's side went to senior Ryan Vu, sophomore Jeremy Taiwo, and redshirt freshman Jake Vetter. Vu and Taiwo are currently in Eugene prepping for their first NCAA Outdoor Championships, Vu in the pole vault and Taiwo in the decathlon. This is the first year on the Second Team for all three.
A pair of pole vaulters led the women's side as senior Ally Wojciechowski and sophomore Taylor Fjeran were both named to the Second Team. Wojciechowski carries a 3.60 GPA in chemistry, while Fjeran maintains a 3.72 mark in ecology, evolution & conservation.