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Historic grades for Spring 2004:
3.24 department GPA and 74% on honor roll

     FAYETTEVILLE - With 26 athletes posting perfect semester grades, the University of Arkansas achieved historic performances in the classroom by its female student-athletes on the Women's Athletics Department Academic Excellence Honor Roll as 74% of all Lady Razorback athletes earned Spring 2004 semester grades at or above a 3.00.
     Started in 1989 to recognize Lady'Backs who achieved in the classroom as well as in competition, the highest previous percentage of female athletes was 68%, a level reached in both the Fall 2002 and Spring 2003 semesters.
     "Even by our own standards, this was a special semester," Director of Women's Athletics Bev Lewis said.
     The department-wide grade point average for the 147 Lady Razorbacks was another all-time high at 3.24 for the Spring 2004 semester. In fact, eight of Arkansas' nine teams* had squad GPAs over 3.00. (*--For the Academic Excellence program, cross country, indoor and outdoor track - three sports under NCAA guidelines - are considered one squad.)
     Leading the way were Arkansas' gymnastics and basketball teams. The Gym'Backs scored a perfect 10 in the classroom as all 10 team members were on the Academic Excellence list with a department-leading team grade point average of 3.64 for co-head coaches Mark and Rene Cook.
     Coach Susie Gardner's basketball team had the second highest percentage on the honor roll with 83%, and posted a record-shattering 3.30 team GPA. Arkansas' women's basketball team had its previous best GPA in the 15-year history of the program during the Fall of 2003 with a 2.99, but blew through the 3.00 barrier for the first time ever thanks to 10 players on the honor roll. Soccer coach Gordon Henderson had his team at third on percentage of athletes on the honor roll with 80%.
     On grade point average, tennis coach Michael Hegarty's squad was second in the department with a 3.39 GPA. Anne Goodman-James' swimming and diving team was next at 3.35 followed by NCAA regional participant golf team at 3.31 as Coach Kelley Hester's team squeaked past basketball's 3.30.
     The 2004 SEC outdoor champion track team led the Academic Champions with ten 4.00 students led by Arkansas' nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year, high jump all-American Jessica Johnson. Coach Lance Harter had almost half of his track team selections - 23 - on the 4.00 list. Swimming was next with five 4.00 students followed by soccer with four. For total number of athletes on the honor roll, Harter's squad led with 23 followed by soccer at 20.
     Here is the complete University of Arkansas Women's Athletics Department Academic Excellence Honor Roll for the 2004 Spring:

     Academic Champions, 4.00: Devon Burger, soccer, undeclared; Anne Campbell, swimming, kinesiology; Irene Conn, swimming, elementary education; Monika Dybicz, tennis, apparel studies; Allison Harris, soccer, psychology; Lana Hass, swimming, history; Kristie Holman, soccer, undeclared; Laura Insell, track and field, English; Laura Jakosky, track and field, marketing; Jessica Johnson, track and field, animal science; Laura Kerr, track and field, mathematics; Rebecca Kerr, track and field, chemistry; Melissa Leigh, gymnastics, undeclared; Molly Muck, swimming, biology; Jennifer Norlein, golf, finance; Kristin Peoples, basketball, biology; Sarah Pfeifer, basketball, industrial engineering; Reagan Rodriguez, soccer, nursing; Sarah Saffa, track and field, undeclared; Christine Schreiner, swimming, international business; Maureen Scott, track and field, kinesiology; Penny Splichal, track and field, recreation; Sarah Topham, softball, business; Chelsey Warmack, volleyball, pre-medicine; Kristina Watkins, track and field, psychology; Alison Zeiner, track and field, mathematics.
     Women's Athletic Director's List, 3.50-3.99: Barbara Auer, swimming, marketing; Rachel Barnett, gymnastics, undeclared; Michelle Bisaccia, softball, English; Jamie Burnette, gymnastics, marketing; Ashley Carter, softball, kinesiology; Carrie Dillsaver, soccer, nursing; Anna Dybicz, tennis, finance; Shana Easley, softball, marketing; Kallie Foglesong, softball, journalism; Jessie Gordon, track and field, accounting; Jennifer Haaser, volleyball, history; Mary Katherine Hamilton, soccer, undeclared; Kimberly Harris, gymnastics, marketing; Lindsay Haywood, soccer, French; Lindsey Hinshaw, golf, kinesiology; Melissa Hobbs, basketball, kinesiology; Leslie Johns, swimming, psychology; Gena Johnson, golf, marketing; Christian Kincannon, tennis, chemical engineering; Angela Kora, swimming, mechanical engineering; Stacy Lewis, golf, undeclared; Jennifer Culp Lincoln, track and field, education; Audra Loveless, gymnastics, kinesiology; Valanna Lyons, softball, communications; Courtney Mahon, golf, nutrition; Michelle Martin, track and field, nursing; Morgan McCord, soccer, marketing; Hannah McLeod, gymnastics, kinesiology; Dana McQuillin, gymnastics, interior design; Blair Miller, soccer, undeclared; Whitney Morton, tennis, international relations; Drue Orwig, swimming, biology; Lisa Petry, swimming, elementary education; Caroline Peyton, track and field, undeclared; Holly Rosen, soccer, undeclared; April Seggebruch, basketball, marketing; Kristina Smith, track and field, Middle Eastern studies; Andrea Sparks, soccer, management; Shannon Spaulding, track and field, philosophy; Katherine Stauffer, soccer, psychology; Margaret Stoner, swimming, elementary education; Ashley Sutton, track and field, marketing; Kristen Thibodeaux, swimming, marketing; Kathryn Thompson, gymnastics, undeclared; Sheree Thompson, basketball, kinesiology; Lauren Vogl, soccer, architecture.
     Women's Athletics Honor Roll , 3.00-3.49: Danielle Allen, basketball, communication; Amy Allison, volleyball, kinesiology; Erin Anderson, track and field, kinesiology; Kellie Bedient, soccer, kinesiology; Kele Brewer, volleyball, kinesiology; Christina Burger, soccer, undeclared; Adrienne Bush, basketball, business systems; Veronica Campbell, track and field, marketing; Melissa Cornett, tennis, biology; Karla Crose, volleyball, kinesiology; Zsuzsa Csobanki, swimming, interior design; Nicole Deeter, softball, kinesiology; Aneita Denton, track and field, sociology; Cassandra Drew, gymnastics, English; Helen Duke, soccer, nursing; Katie Hardman, gymnastics, kinesiology; Shanna Harmon, basketball, communication; Katie Howard, track and field, international relations; Melissa Johnson, softball, hospitality; Denitza Koleva, volleyball, kinesiology; Jacqueline Lemons, soccer, nursing; Megan McCool, soccer, criminal justice; Sarah Moll, swimming, marketing; Susie Nieder, swimming, biology; Melinda O'Malley, softball, elementary education; Iliana Pacheco, tennis, chemistry; Blaire Perry, softball, elementary education; Tiffany Redlarczyk, track and field, kinesiology; Heather Schlichtman, softball, kinesiology; Erica Sigmont, track and field, marketing; Candice Swan, softball, kinesiology; Roberta Tarnauskaite, volleyball, international business; Kathryn Taylor, soccer, marketing; Sarah Trew, golf, criminal justice; Ruby Vaden, basketball, communication; Rochelle Vaughn, basketball, communication; Shiloh Whiting, track and field, animal science; Julie Williford, soccer, elementary education.

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