Babcock, Bywater Lead Pac-12 Academic Winners
Nov. 23, 2011
November 23, 2011 For Immediate Release Contact: Michael Bruscas
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Senior Christine Babcock was named to the Pac-12 Cross Country All-Academic First Team for the third time in her career, and junior Joey Bywater earned Second Team honors for the first time, leading a total of twelve UW runners who earned academic distinction today from the conference office.
Babcock, who just helped the Husky women's cross country team an NCAA second-place finish, becomes the third Husky ever with three All-Academic First Team selections. The Irvine, California native was also an All-Pac-12 Second Team and All-West Region performer this year. She maintains a 3.93 grade point average majoring in Early Childhood and Family Studies. Tara Carlson (1993-95) and Stacie Hoitink (1990-92) are the two other Husky women with three First Team All-Academic honors.
Bywater earned Second Team distinction this year after being named an honorable mention the past two years. The Lake Stevens, Washington native owns a 3.50 cumulative GPA as a Math major focusing on teaching prep. Bywater led the Husky men at the Roy Griak Invite, the Wisconsin Invite, and the Pac-12 Championships where he placed a career-best 16th.
Huskies receiving honorable mention on the women's side includes NCAA competitor Justine Johnson who owns a 3.64 GPA double majoring in English and History. NCAA alternate Chelsea Orr was an honorable mention, as is junior Allison Linnell, sophomore Breanna Huschka, sophomore Phoebe Merritt, and redshirt freshman Megan Morgon.
Senior Max O'Donoghue-McDonald earned his second honorable mention honor, as he carries a 3.24 GPA in History. Sophomore Gareth Gilna, and redshirt freshmen Daniel Gibson and Kevin Mangan also earned honorable mention, a first for all.