Six Tiders named Academic AAs

During the 2002-03 academic year, the Southeastern Conference had 17 student-athletes selected first-team Verizon Academic All-America. <br><br>Alabama had six athletes in all named Academic All-Americans, three first-team and three second-team.

Stephanie Kite and Kristin Sterner, both Tide gymnasts, were selected first-team along with soccer athlete Kim Zarzour. Kenny King (football), Beau Hearod (baseball) and Katie Holtzapfel (soccer) were named to the second team.

The 17 first-team athletes selected was the most of any conference in the nation. In a scaled value system, the SEC also had more points than any conference in the country.

Not only did the SEC have 17 first-team Academic All-Americas in 2002-03, but also placed 13 on second-teams and five on third-teams, giving the league a total of 35 student-athletes honored.

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) selects Verizon Academic All-America® teams in 12 programs: football, women's volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's track & field/cross country, women's track & field/cross country, men's at-large and women's at-large. A first team, second team and third team are selected in both the University (Division I and I-AA) and College (Division II, III and NAIA) Divisions. Football consists of just first and second teams.

The SEC does not sponsor men's soccer as a conference sport. The scaled value system gives each conference three points for a first-team selection, two points for a second-team selection and one point for a third-team selection.

In the survey, the SEC led with 82 points, followed by the Big Ten with 76 points, the Big 12 with 65 points, the Big East with 53 points and the Pac-10 with 48 points.

The Big Ten had the most total student-athletes honored with 40, 12 on the first-team, 12 on the second-team and 16 on the third-team.

The names of the SEC student-athletes making the first team 2002-03 Verizon Academic All-America Teams are listed below (Name, School, Team/Sport, Class, GPA, Major):

Simidele Adeagbo, Kentucky, Women's Track & Field/Cross Country, Sr., 3.89/Journalism
Matt Bonner, Florida, Men's Basketball, Sr., 3.98/Business Administration*
Michael Burton, Tennessee, Men's At-Large (Swimming/Diving), Sr., 4.00/Chemistry
Andreina Byrd, Arkansas, Women's Track & Field/Cross Country, Sr., 3.90/Microbiology
Corrin Drakulich, Georgia, Women's Track & Field/Cross Country, Jr., 4.00/Genetics & Religion
Cesar Garcia, Auburn, Men's At-Large (Swimming/Diving), Jr., 3.97/Mechanical Engineering
Hunter Hillenmeyer, Vanderbilt, Football, Sr., 3.70/Economics & Human/Organizational Development
Stephanie Kite, Alabama, Women's At-Large (Gymnastics), Jr., 4.00/International Business
Kara Lawson, Tennessee, Women's Basketball, Sr., 3.77/Finance
Kacey Montgomery, Tennessee, Women's At-Large (Crew), Sr., 4.00/Microbiology
Rodney Reed, LSU, Football, Jr., 3.93/Accounting
Brian Rohrer, Alabama, Men's Track & Field/Cross Country, Sr., 4.00/Biology
Kristin Sterner, Alabama, Women's At-Large (Gymnastics), Sr., 3.92/Biology
Jon Stinchcomb, Georgia, Football, Sr., 3.73/Microbiology
Zach Wilcox, Florida, Men's At-Large (Swimming/Diving), So., 3.93/Aerospace Engineering
Libby Windell, Arkansas, Women's Volleyball, Sr., 3.96/Microbiology
Kim Zarzour, Alabama, Women's Soccer, Sr., 4.00/Communication Disorders

Tiders Beau Hearod, Alabama, Baseball, Sr., 3.62/Finance; Katie Holtzapfel, Alabama, Women's Soccer, Jr., 4.00/Nursing; and Kenny King, Alabama, Football, Sr., 3.24/Business Marketing were named second-team Academic All-Americans.

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