Aug. 8, 2009
Eleven UCLA Bruins have been named 2009 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars. Diverse: Issues In Higher Education established the award in 1992 to honor undergraduate students who have made achieving both academically and athletically a winning combination. In addition to athletic ability, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence and community activism. To be included, students must compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 and be active on their campuses on in their communities.
Ashe earned All-America honors at UCLA and was te first African American to win the NCAA singles title.
Four Bruins - Allison Taka of the women's basketball team, Tiffany Joh from women's golf and Mizuki Sato and Nicole Tom, both from the women's gymnastics squad - were named to the first team. Five Bruins were named to the second team, one to the third team and one was honorable mention.
Here is the complete list of UCLA student-athletes honored:
Student-Athlete, Class, Cumulative GPA, Major, Sport
Allison Taka, Jr., 3.72 gpa, Sociology, Women's Basketball
Mizuki Sato, So., 3.34 gpa, Physiological Science, Women's Gymnastics
Nicole Tom, So., 3.28 gpa, Physiological Science, Women's Gymnastics
Tiffany Joh, Sr., 3.44 gpa, History, Women's Golf
Maria Uribe, So., 3.36 gpa, History, Women's Golf
Glory Yang, So., 3.33 gpa, Pre-Business Economics, Women's Golf
Lauen Hall, So., 3.41 gpa, Undeclared, Women's Swimming
Marisa Samaniego, Sr., 3.20 gpa, History, Women's Swimming
Marco Anzures, Jr., 3.40 gpa, History, Men's Track & Field
Erica Tukiainen, Jr., 3.39 gpa, French, Women's Basketball
Tori Pena, Jr., 3.21 gpa, International Development, Women's Track & Field