Five Penn Staters Earn Academic All-District Honors
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., May 24, 2001 -- Five Penn State student-athletes have been named to the Verizon Academic All-District Spring At-Large teams.
Selected Academic All-District in a vote by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) were: junior men's golfer Andy Latowski (Pittsburgh, Pa.), senior track and field athletes Susanne Heyer (Leipzig, Germany.) and Toyin Augustus (Huntsville, Ala.), senior men's lacrosse player Ted Holmes (Flourtown, Pa.) and sophomore men's volleyball standout Zeljko Koljesar (Kitchener, Ontario).
Latowski and Heyer were selected to the first team, and are eligible for Verizon Academic All-America consideration. Student-athletes nominated for Verizon Academic All-America consideration must have at lest a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or important reserve.
Heyer was second in the mile at the Big Ten Indoor Championships this year. She was an NCAA provisional qualifier in the 1,500 meters, won the 800 at the Princeton Invitational and the 3000 at the USTCA Coaches Meet. Heyer was a 2000 cross-country All-American, finishing 14th at the NCAA Championships and third at the Big Ten Championships. An Information Systems major, Heyer owns a 3.78 grade point average. She is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Latowski finished second on the team in stroke average with 73.33. He shot career low rounds in back-to-back tournaments en route to winning medalist honors at the Princeton Invitational and Rutherford Intercollegiate. He shot a career low round of 68 at the Rutherford to claim the championship. He is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree. A marketing major, Latowski owns a 3.71 grade point average.
Augustus broke Penn State records in the 60-meter hurdles and 60-meter dash during the indoor season. She finished fourth at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in the 60-meter hurdles and was an NCAA provisional qualifier. At last weekend's Big Ten Outdoor Championships, she was fifth in the 100-meter hurdles and has an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the event. A Business Management major, Augustus owns a 3.64 grade point average. She is a two-time All-Big Ten Academic selection.
Holmes was a four-year starter and co-captain for the Nittany Lions. He compiled 14 points on eight goals and six assists this past season and had 15 ground balls. He was selected Academic All-ECAC and won the Friends of Penn State Award for having the highest GPA on the squad. A Finance major, Holmes owns a 3.77 grade point average.
Koljesar started all 32 games this past season and was instrumental in helping Penn State to EIVA Championships and an automatic berth in the NCAA semifinals in the 2000 and 2001 seasons. He was selected to the 2001 All-EIVA First Team, 2001 EIVA All-Tournament Team and 2001 EIVA All-Academic Team. In his freshman year he was named EIVA Newcomer of the Year. A Computer Science major, Koljesar owns a 3.76 grade point average.
Penn State has earned 19 Verizon Academic All-District honors in 2000-01, an increase of three over its total from last year and a significant increase over the Nittany Lions' 11 honorees in 1998-1999. Five Penn State student-athletes have been named a Verizon Academic All-American in thus far in 2000-01 and 48 in the previous seven years.