Four Rebels Named Academic All-District
May 22, 2008
LAS VEGAS - Four UNLV athletes have been voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII University Division At-Large Teams as selected by sports information directors, it was announced on Thursday. Swimmer Johan Claar was named to the men's first team for the second straight year, while Matt Kinsinger of the men's golf team was a second team selection. Kim Bonney of the women's swimming team earned her third career academic all-district honor, as she was named to the first team for the first time, while Elena Gantcheva of the women's tennis team was a second team selection.
Claar, a senior and native of Bankeryd, Sweden, was the Mountain West Conference champion in the 500 free in this year's championship meet, swimming a time of 4:21.67, the second-fastest in school history. He also placed second in the 1650 free, an event he won in 2007, and was fourth in the 200 free, while also swimming on the first place 800 free relay squad. Claar, who helped lead UNLV to its fourth-straight MWC championship title, also received the 2008 MWC Senior Recognition Award, for his years of accomplishments in leadership, athletic performance, and academics.
Claar, a three-time All-MWC Academic Team member, carries a cumulative 3.80 GPA with a major in business.
Kinsinger, a senior and native of Reno, was named MWC Golfer of the Month this past April and finished fourth on the team this year with a 72.79 scoring average, which also ranked him 10th in the conference. He had two top-five finishes on the season, including a season-high of third place at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate on April. He had a total of 12 rounds under par this season, with a low of 68 (three times), and was named to the all-conference team this past season.
Kinsinger, a three-time MWC Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-MWC honoree, carries a cumulative 3.81 GPA with a major in business finance.
Bonney, a senior and native of Cape Town, South Africa, was named the 2008 MWC Women's Swimmer of the Year after winning three invididual titles, including the 200 breast in a new conference record time. She also won both the 100 breast and the 200 IM in new UNLV record times. The records didn't stop there, as Bonney swam on three first place relays at the league championships, all in new MWC record times (200 and 400 medley, 400 free). Just like Claar, Bonney was received the 2008 MWC Senior Recognition Award, and twice has been named UNLV's Most Outstanding Female Scholar-Athlete (2005-06, 2006-07), for holding the highest cumulative GPA at the school.
Bonney, who was a three-time Academic All-MWC honoree, carries a cumulative GPA of 3.89 with a double major in accounting and business management.
The first woman to be named Mountain West Conference Tennis Player of the Year three times in a career, Gantcheva's 3.49 cumulative grade point average in hotel administration helped her become the first Lady Rebel tennis player to earn a CoSIDA academic honor in five years. A three-time Academic All-MWC honoree, the native of Sofia, Bulgaria, was an All-American in 2006 and finished her career with the highest winning percentage in singles play for any four-year player in UNLV history.
The at-large all-district team represents the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. Student-athletes must be in at least their second season, hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 and be a starter or important reserve to be eligible.
District VIII is made up of schools in California, Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.