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Rebel Academic Top-30 Announced

March 7, 2001

LAS VEGAS - The UNLV Athletics Department has announced the 2001 UNLV Rebel Academic Top 30. This year's group, which includes the 31 UNLV student-athletes (31 and not 30 because of a tie) with the highest grade point averages for the spring 2000 and/or fall 2000 semesters, was honored during halftime of Saturday's men's basketball game against Wyoming.

All students were enrolled in and completed a minimum of 12 credits and achieved a semester GPA of 3.90 or higher for one or both semesters. An impressive 18 student-athletes achieved a remarkable 4.0 GPA.

The Rebel Academic Top 30 was started in 1996 to recognize the very best student-athletes and this year's 3.90 minimum GPA is the highest in the history of the program. Other years, qualifying GPAs were: 2000 - 3.77, 1999 - 3.72, 1998 - 3.67, 1997 - 3.74, 1996 - 3.60.

Men's soccer and softball led the way this year each with five of the 31 honorees. Baseball, men's swimming and women's soccer each had four, track & field/cross country and men's tennis each had three, while women's basketball and golf had one member each.

The Rebel Academic Top 30 will also be honored at the Student-Athlete Honors Luncheon at the Tam Alumni Center on April 5.

There are many other highlights from the fall 2000 semester for the athletics department in academics. Eight of UNLV's athletic teams recorded cumulative GPA's in excess of 3.0, which is the highest number of teams since records were kept beginning in 1994. The previous high was five teams, which has happened four times.

The respective team GPA's of 3.0 or higher were: softball (3.3), women's tennis (3.2), men's swimming (3.2), women's soccer (3.1), men's tennis (3.1), baseball (3.0), women's swimming (3.0) and women's basketball (3.0). Softball's 3.3 GPA is its highest-ever semester total and marks the first time that softball has been No. 1 in the department.

Also, a total of 80 student-athletes (23 percent of the athletic department) earned Dean's List honors. That is highest total of student-athletes to make the Dean's List in athletic department history. In addition, almost one-half (46.8 percent) of all UNLV student-athletes achieved in excess of 3.0.

Lastly, 25 student-athletes were nominated and selected for Mountain West Conference All-Academic teams, including 10 from women's soccer, nine from football and three each from volleyball and cross country.

2001 UNLV Rebel Academic Top 30 Team

Name            	Sport
Charelle Ainslie	Softball
Clayton Belding 	Baseball
Danielle Ferreira	Softball
Jonathan Fiene  	Swimming (men's)
Shannon Frederickson	Soccer (women's)
Andrew Hooker   	Soccer (men's)
Kellie Krueger   	Soccer (women's)
Scott Lander     	Golf
Kevin Lunkwitz  	Soccer (men's)
Charlotte McGee 	Track & Field
Megan Merchant   	Swimming (women's)
Christopher Milka	Soccer (men's)
Heidi Plummer   	Basketball (women's)
Marni Polakow   	Soccer (women's)
Kristin Puhl    	Soccer (women's)
Benjamin Scheinbaum	Baseball
Garett Shitanishi	Baseball
Tuomas Talvio   	Soccer (men's)
Doug Wake       	Swimming (men's)
Nicole Truax    	Softball
Will Pulgarin   	Swimming (men's)
Robert Parlade  	Tennis (men's)
CJ Schalyo      	Soccer (men's)
Adam Thurgood   	Tennis (men's)
Jessica Zarndt   	Track & Field/Cross Country
Donna Escobar   	Softball
Paula Lechner   	Track & Field
Carrie Bayless   	Softball
Daniel Erez     	Tennis (men's)
Jacint Simon    	Swimming (men's)
Joseph Wickman   	Baseball
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