Three Western Kentucky University Student-Athletes Named Academic All-District

May 23, 2000

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Western Kentucky University student-athletes Michael Lindskog and Valerie Lynch were named to the first-team GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Spring At-Large Team Tuesday, as voted on by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. Therese Johannsen was a second-team selection as well.

Lindskog and Lynch are eligible for the Academic All-America team -- the men's squad will be announced June 13, with the women's team to follow two days later.

Lindskog, a junior men's tennis player and resident of Stjarnhov, Sweden, was 12-8 in singles play -- primarily at the No. 2 position -- and had a team-leading 12-6 mark at No. 1 doubles last season. As a junior in '99, he led the Hilltoppers to a school-record 27-3 campaign, compiling a 28-1 singles record while earning Sun Belt Conference Player-of-the-Week honors. Lindskog was a second-team GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American and first-team academic all-district honoree last year and has twice been named to the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner's All-Academic List. He has a 3.97 grade point average with a double-major in marketing and German.

Lynch, a senior indoor/outdoor track performer from Cork, Ireland, was also a first-team all-district selection to the Fall/Winter At-Large team. She defended her title in the 5,000-meter run at the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships this month, and also provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 10,000 meters with a school- and Sun Belt-record time of 35:19.63 at the Penn Relays in April. Lynch also won both the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter runs at the SBC indoor championships each of the last two years, sharing women's track Performer-of-the-Meet honors in February. She also led Western's cross country team, winning the individual title for the second straight year at the Sun Belt Championships in November to help WKU to the team title. In addition to winning two events and finishing second in two others last season, she placed 14th at the NCAA Southeast Regional in 1999 and was 11th at the meet the previous year. Lynch carries a 3.468 GPA in civil engineering and has been named to SBC Commissioner's All-Academic List twice.

Johannsen was Western's top performer on the women's tennis team, finishing the 2000 campaign with an 11-8 record at the No. 1 singles position. The native of Osthammar, Sweden, has compiled a 27-15 record in two collegiate seasons, and was the only honoree on either the first or second team to have a 4.0 GPA. The sophomore -- who was selected to the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner's All-Academic List as a freshman -- majors in psychology.

To be eligible for the academic all-district and All-America teams, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore both academically and athletically and have at least a cumulative 3.2 GPA.

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