March 24, 2010
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara's Josh Finkelstein and Anne Marie May were named the 2009-10 Big West Scholar-Athletes of the Year at a banquet hosted by the conference in Orange County on March 11. Each of the nine league institutions selects the winners from one of 18 conference-sponsored sports.
Finkelstein, a senior on the men's tennis team, is a business economics major. He garnered All-Big West First Team accolades in 2008 and 2009, serving as the team caption for the past three seasons. Finkelstein is a Dean's List and Big West All-Academic member as well as a 2009-10 Athletics Director Honor Roll member. He has helped out with the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons youth clinics and the UCSB Adopt-A-Family program. Finkelstein hopes to play Davis Cup for Hong Kong after college but also would be interested in pursuing a career in business.
May is one of the most decorated swimmers to ever compete for the Gauchos. The senior from Carmel, Calif., recently swam at the 2010 NCAA Championships and was ranked No. 1 in the nation earlier this year with the fastest time in the 50 free. A two-time NCAA All-American in the 50 free, she has broken all-time UCSB records 43 times and Big West records 17 times. May also earned 2008-09 CSCAA Scholar All-American and Big West Academic All-Conference honors. Her community involvement includes Special Olympics, Swim Against Malaria, and UCSB's Adopt-A-Family program. A communication major, she is considering training for the next Olympic trials after finishing 14th in the 50 free at the 2008 Olympic trials.
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