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Paneno Named GTE Academic All-District
By: UCLA Athletics

March 23, 2000

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA men's soccer player Nick Paneno (La Ca?ada, CA) was named to the Men's University Division Fall/Winter At-Large GTE Academic All-District VIII second-team.

During the fall season, Paneno, a senior Sociology major with a 3.248 GPA, led UCLA to its second Final Four appearance in three years. Voted the team's Most Inspirational Player, he recorded three assists in 1999, including two in the NCAA Championships. His final assist in 1999 led to the game-winning goal, sending the Bruins into the semifinals. Paneno, a defensive midfielder, helped the Bruins shut out nine opponents during the season. Earlier, he was selected to the MPSF's All-Academic team.

Paneno is just the third Academic All-District selection in UCLA men's soccer history, joining 1997 selection Josh Keller and 1983 pick Roland Schmid.

The GTE Academic All-District is selected by voting among members of the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in the district. To be eligible for consideration for the team, a student-athlete must carry a GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), must be in at least his second year of participation at the school and must be an important squad contributor.

GTE Academic All-District VIII

(Men's University Division, Fall/Winter At-Large)

First Team

Johann AppellLong Beach St.Sr.Cross CountryCosta Mesa, CA4.00Kinesiology
Ryan BelsdoeUNLVGradSoccerLas Vegas, NV4.00Economics
Steve FeinOregonSr.Cross CountryLenexa, KS3.60Accounting
John HedengrenBYUJr.Cross CountryRichland, WA3.98Chemical Engineering
Jason JonesUtah StateSo.Cross CountryEdmond, OK3.999Business
John LowryBYUSr.SwimmingManteca, CA3.80Accounting
Andy NonakaPacificJr.SwimmingConcord, CA4.00Electrical Engineering
Brent PedersenArizonaSr.Cross CountryAurora, OR3.76Biology
Chris SchwandtUCSBSr.SoccerFresno, CA3.77Philosophy/
Amit SekerUCSBSo.Water PoloBet-Lehem, Israel3.90Computer Science

Second Team

Jody BensonSouthern UtahSr.Cross CountryPayson, UT3.393Physical Education
Andrew HookerUNLVSo.SoccerVictoria, B.C.3.88Mech. Engineering
Daniel JacksonFresno StateJr.WrestlingKingsburg, CA3.77Plant Science
Mark JohnsonSanta ClaraSo.SoccerO'Fallon, IL3.59Mech. Engineering
Nathan MoroneyOregon StateJr.SoccerHillsboro, OR3.91Construction
Engineering/ Management
Brian O'ConnorSan DiegoSr.SoccerEscondido, CA3.30Business
Nick PanenoUCLASr.SoccerLa Ca?ada, CA3.248Sociology
Jonathan SkaalenStanfordSr.Water PoloCoronado, CA3.40Economics
Guard YoungBYUSr.GymnasticsOklahoma, City, OK 3.45Communication
Adam ZapalaStanfordJr.SoccerCupertino, CA3.35American Studies
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