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Soma Named First-Team Academic All-District VIII
Release: 06/03/2005
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June 3, 2005

SEATTLE - Washington senior Kate Soma, who will seek her fifth-straight All-America honor in the pole vault at next week's NCAA Championships, was one of 10 West Region women's athletes named Friday to the 2005 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VIII first-team. The honor, voted on by collegiate sports information directors in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Montana, puts Soma on the ballot for Academic All-America consideration, results of which will be announced June 21.

A graduate of Grant High School in Portland, Ore., Soma boasts a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 in business administration at Washington, with an emphasis in marketing. The senior will graduate from UW's School of Business one week from Saturday, but will not be on hand to receive her diploma, instead competing in the pole vault at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento.

Soma's NCAA appearance -- the seventh of her UW career -- will see the Husky try to win the first NCAA title by a UW women's athlete since 1988, after consecutive runner-up finishes outdoors in 2004, and indoors in 2005. Soma's four-career All-America awards equal the most by any woman in school history, while her career-best vault of 14 feet, 3 ½ equals the seventh-best ever by a collegiate vaulter.

Soma is the second Husky vaulter in as many years to win the Academic All-District honor. Two-time NCAA champion Brad Walker earned the distinction in 2004, before being named an Academic All-American later that year.

2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII Women's Track and Field Team (Univ. Division)
Name	School	Yr.	Hometown	GPA	Major
Rachel Bertholf	Washington State	Sr.	Colbert, Wash.	3.74	Marketing
Katie Christianson	Fresno State	Sr.	Indian Wells, Calif.	3.79	Biology
Julie Elliott	Portland	Sr.	Eugene, Ore.	3.63	Nursing
Jennifer Kowacz	Arizona State	Sr.	Goodyear, Ariz.	4.00	Fine Arts
Miruana Mataoanu	Boise State	So.	Bucharest, Romania	3.85	Business
Brooke Meredith	California	Sr.	Redding, Calif.	3.21	American Studies
Marie Nilsson	San Diego State	Sr.	Kil, Sweden	3.95	International Security Conflict
					and Security Resolution
Maegan Schmutz	Southern Utah	Sr.	Cedar City, Utah	3.95	Family and Consumer Science
Kate Soma	Washington	Sr.	Portland, Ore.	3.50	Business Administration
Jenna Timinsky	UCLA	So.	Encinitas, Calif.	3.94	Linguistics and Anthropology
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