June 5, 2002
Seattle - Four student-athletes at the Washington have been named recipients of $3,000 postgraduate scholarships by the Pac-10 Conference. The Husky recipients were Anna Mickelson of Washington national championship Varsity 8 women's crew team, David Moilanen of the Husky swimming team, Caroline Putz of the women's soccer program and Bryn Ritchie from the men's soccer team.
Mickelson is one of the most decorated rowers in UW history. She was a member of the Varsity Four team that won the NCAA Championship in 1999. The Bellevue, Wash., native rowed on UW's crew that won the inaugural Henley Royal Regatta in July of 2000. She was a member of the Huskies' Varsity Eight teams that captured NCAA titles in 2001 and 2002.
The first UW swimmer to ever earn Academic All-America honors, Moilanen has a 3.96 cumulative grade-point average in chemistry and physics. This season, the Renton, Wash., native finished out his career by becoming the first UW swimmer to break the 50-second barrier in the 100 backstroke, logging a school record time of 49.69. Moilanen also is a member of the team's school record 200 freestyle and 400 medley relays, while he became the only the third swimmer in Husky history to be named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team three times.
Putz completed her career as Washington's all-time leader with 27 assists, including a school-record 11 that led to game-winning goals. She is listed fourth among all-time Huskies with 22 career goals and ranks second with eight game-winners. A four-year starter in the midfield, Putz led the Huskies to three NCAA Tournament appearances. UW won the Pac-10 championship in 2000 and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. Putz was a three-time All-Pac-10 selection and a two-time all-region performer.
Ritchie, a native of Medford, Ore., was the 2001 National Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association. A four-year starter as a defender for the Husky soccer team. He earned second-team All-America honors as a junior and was a third-team pick as a senior. He helped the Huskies to a 58-21-2 record during his career.
To be eligible for a Pac-10 postgraduate scholarship a student-athlete must have an overall grade point average of 3.00 or its equivalent, be in their final season of intercollegiate athletics eligibility, have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team, intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time graduate student, and have behaved both on and off the field in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. Participation in campus community service activities and demonstration of leadership qualities also are taken into consideration.