WUSTL Lands Five on Capital One Academic All-District Team
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St. Louis, Mo., May 18, 2012 – Washington University in St. Louis had five student-athletes named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Five At-Large First Team, as announced Friday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Juniors Gary Parizher and Adam Putterman of the No. 15 ranked men’s tennis team, sophomore Chi Pham of the women’s swimming and diving team, sophomore Corinne Rauck of the No. 11 ranked women’s tennis team and senior Chris Valach of the men’s swimming and diving team took home the accolades.
Parizher, a second-team all-University Athletic Association (UAA) selection, has put together a 33-10 overall record this season while playing No. 2 singles and No. 3 doubles. He is 25-3 at No. 2 singles, and had a string of 15-straight wins from March 6-April 27. Parizher has a 3.87 grade points average while majoring in biology.
Pham posted five top-10 finishes at the 2012 UAA Swimming Championships, including runner-up finishes in the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay. She earned All-America honors in the 100 backstroke and the 200 individual medley in 2011, and holds the school record in the 100 backstroke. Pham has a 3.74 GPA and is majoring in philosophy-neuroscience-psychology.
Putterman has a 50-12 record as a junior while playing the top spot for the Bears in singles and doubles. A second-team all-UAA honoree in singles and doubles, he has a 105-48 (.686) overall record and became the 11th player in school history to join the 100-win club. He will represent Washington U. in singles and with freshman Ross Putterman in doubles at the NCAA Division III Individual Championship on May 24-26 in Cary, N.C. Putterman has a 3.77 GPA while majoring in business.
Rauck has a 27-10 overall record in 2012 for the women’s tennis team, and earned a doubles spot with junior Kate Klein in the 2012 NCAA Division III Individual Championship to be held on May 24-26. She earned second-team all-UAA honors at No. 1 doubles in 2012 after posting a 2-1 record at the UAA Championship. Rauck holds a 3.84 GPA and is majoring in biology.
Valach earned all-UAA honors in 2012 with a runner-up finish in the 800 freestyle relay and a third-place finish in the 500 freestyle, while also adding a fourth-place finish in the 1,650 freestyle. He was a two-time All-American in the 800 freestyle relay and a member of the school-record 800 freestyle relay team. Valach is a chemical engineering major with a 3.86 GPA.
In order to be selected to an academic all-district team, a student-athlete must demonstrate success on the playing field and in the classroom, with academic and athletic achievements taken into consideration. The student-athlete must possess a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade point average and be at least a sophomore in academic standing. All five student-athletes will be eligible to be selected to the Academic All-America Team, which will be announced on Tuesday, June 5.