April 10, 2003
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A total of nine UC Santa Barbara student-athletes in the sports of men's and women's basketball and men's and women's swimming earned All-Academic recognition from the Big West Conference, the league announced Thursday.
To be eligible for the conference's all-academic team, student-athletes must maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA, have attained sophomore standing academically and competed in at least 50 percent of their team's contests.
Earning Big West All-Academic recognition for a third straight season was women's basketball senior guard Jess Hansen, also an all-conference second team performer on the court. The Oregon City, Ore., native is pursuing a degree in religious studies. Also repeating as an all-academic honoree was teammate Lisa Willett, a junior religious studies major from Santa Barbara. In February Willett was named to the Verizon Academic All-District VIII Third Team.
Men's basketball forward Scott Rainey, a native of Astoria, Ore., also earned recognition from the Big West for his diligence in the classroom. The redshirt freshman is a law and society major.
In men's swimming, senior Karim Varela (Portland, Ore.), junior Ryan Dingler (Visalia, Calif.) and sophomore Scott Baer (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), all earned spots on the Big West All-Academic squad. Varela - who earned his second straight award - is majoring in computer science, while Dingler and Baer are pursuing degrees in business economics and mechanical engineering, respectively.
On the women's side, senior geography major Vicky Rogers (West Covina, Calif.), and sophomores Becky Glusac (San Antonio, Texas) and Jennifer Moeckel (Stockton, Calif.) were recognized by the conference as well. It is the second such honor for Rogers, while Glusac and Moeckel are majoring in environmental sciences and law and society, respectively.
For the complete list of Big West All-Academic honorees, visit www.bigwest.org.