Tritons earn academic awards

    While being key assets to their teams, seven Triton athletes proved their competence outside their respective sports by receiving recognition for their academic excellence.

    Courtesy of UCSD Athletics

    Seniors Emily Gray and Sara Patton, junior Elizabeth Jones and sophomore Joyce Chang of the women’s crew team were selected to the 2003 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division II National Scholar-Athlete Team, making up over one quarter of CRCA scholar-athletes from across the nation.

    Gray will graduate this year with two bachelor of science degrees in psychology and chemistry and will remain in the area when she studies at UCSD School of Medicine this coming fall. Last year, she was one of only nine named to the United States Rowing Collegiate Honor Roll.

    In addition, Gray received First Team All-American honors for the second year in a row.

    Patton will graduate this year with a degree in structural engineering, finishing with a grade point average of 3.767. This is her third time to receive the CRCA National Scholar-Athlete award and in 2001, she received UCSD’s Student-Athlete Day award.

    Senior Samara Silverman from the women’s water polo team was named to the 2002-03 Verizon Academic All-District VIII College Division team. She will graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in political science with minors in history and law and society, finishing with a GPA of 3.629.

    Junior Neil Kalra from the cross country team was also named to the 2002-03 Verizon Academic All-District VIII College Division team. This year’s UCSD “”Racer of the Year,”” Kalra currently holds a 3.814 GPA and is majoring in biology and minoring in psychology.

    Junior Rafael Bergstrom from the Triton baseball team was named to the 2002-03 Verizon Academic All-District VIII College Division team. A communication major, Bergstrom will end this season with a 3.355 GPA. This year’s Most Valuable Pitcher and Coach’s Award winner also was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s “”Pitcher of the Week”” this past season.

    Last but certainly not least is senior Audrey Sung from the cross country and track and field teams, who was named to the 2002-03 Verizon Academic All-District VIII College Division team for the third time. This month, she will receive her bachelor of science degree in biochemistry/cell biology, finishing with a flawless 4.0 GPA.

    Besides her academic achievement, Sung is an All-American for cross country and track and field. She has won UCSD’s “”Racer of the Year”” award twice and CCAA Athlete of the Week three times. She was also UCSD’s 2001-02 Athlete of the Year.

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