May 27, 2004
Three UCLA student-athletes were selected to the Verizon Academic All-District VIII Women's At-Large team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Gymnast Kate Richardson (Coquitlam, BC) earned first-team honors, and rower Monica Grova (Santa Cruz, CA) and swimmer Kristen Lewis (Moraga, CA) received second-team acclaim. Richardson is now eligible for the national Academic All-America ballot.
Richardson, a sophomore physiological science major with a 3.755 cumulative GPA, helped lead UCLA to its second consecutive NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship. She placed fourth in the all-around at the NCAAs and earned first-team All-America honors in the all-around, vault and bars and second-team honors on beam. At the Pac-10 Championships, she successfully defended her floor exercise crown, scoring a perfect 10. Richardson totaled six perfect 10s on the year and finished the regular season ranked No. 1 nationally on beam, No. 2 in the all-around, No. 4 on vault, No. 6 on floor and No. 11 on bars. Richardson, a 2000 Canadian Olympian, is currently training for a berth on the 2004 Olympic team.
Grova, a junior neuroscience major with a 3.801 GPA, is a 2003 and 2004 CRCA West Region National Scholar-Athlete and a two-year co-captain and three-year letterwinner. She received first-team Pac-10 All-Academic accolades in 2003 and was named UCLA's Most Valuable Novice in 2002. Grova has been an integral member of the varsity eight in the past two seasons and rowed the five seat in UCLA's 2004 Pac-10 Grand Final appearance. She also recorded the Bruins' fastest erg score this season and has been named to the Director's Honor Roll every quarter at UCLA.
Lewis, a senior sociology major with a 3.571 GPA, is a six-time All-American and 2004 Olympic Trials qualifier. In 2004, she received a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic second team. She is a four-year member of the UCLA Athletic Director's honor roll and four-year selection to the Pac-10 All-Academic second team. At this year's NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, she received two All-America honors, finishing 11th in the 200m Fly and 13th in the 100m Fly. Lewis ended her UCLA career ranked third all-time in the 200 yard Fly (1:56.77) and fifth in the 100 yard Fly (53.41).
In order to be eligible for Academic All-District honors, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), must be a starter or important reserve and be in at least their second season at their current school. District VIII includes schools in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and British Columbia. The at-large category includes student-athletes in the following women's sports: bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis and water polo.