6 on women’s team, 5 from men’s honored Wednesday
July 25, 2012
TEMPE, ARIZ. – The Arizona State University track and field team officially wrapped up the 2012 postseason award campaign as 11 Sun Devils were named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I All-Academic Track and Field team on Wednesday, the USTFCCA has announced.
Six members of the women’s team and five student-athletes from the men’s team earned All-Academic nods when the lists were released today, bettering last year’s total of 11.
Cj Navarro, an ASU CoSIDA Academic All-American, led the way for the women as she took her four consecutive USTFCCCA honor. Navaro finished her graduate degree this season after posting a 4.08 GPA – graduate-work included – in Education Technology. Navarro scored for the Sun Devils in both the hammer and discus competition at the Pac-12 Championships and was just one spot away from qualifying for the NCAA finals in the discus competition.
Redshirt sophomore Constance Ezugha, the Pac-12 long jump champion, earned her second career honor on the list while ASU’s other selections of Hailey Hanna, Alex Hartig,Ashley Lampley and Natasa Vulic were all first time selections.
On the men’s side, John Klinecontinued his postseason haul off All-Academic nods as the First-Team Academic All-American picked up his third career spot on the USTFCCCA list alongside teammate Nick Happe, who also earned his third recognition.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary round).
July 25, 2012
SUN DEVIL 2012 OLYMPIANS (as of July 25, 2012)
Desiree Davila (marathon/USA)
Kelsey Campbell (wrestling/USA)
Zeke Jones (freestyle wrestling head coach/USA)
Alison Williamson (archery/Great Britain)
Amy LePeilbet (soccer/USA)
Riley McCormick (diving/Canada)
Gal Nevo (swimming/Israel)
Micky Benedetti (diving/Italy)
Rowie Webster (water polo/Australia)
Amy Hastings (track and field/USA)
Ryan Whiting (track and field/USA)
Kyle Alcorn (track and field/USA)
Eric Boateng (men’s basketball/Great Britain)
James Harden (men’s basketball/USA)
Ike Diogu (men’s basketball/Nigeria)
Donald Sanford (track and field/Israel)
Gao Ao (water polo/China)
Rita Keszthelyi (water polo/Hungary)
TEMPE, ARIZ. – Arizona State University added its two more Olympians to its 2012 campaign as it has been announced that water polo players Gao Ao (China) and Rita Keszthelyi (Hungary) have been added to their respective rosters for the London Games.
The two additions likely represent the final members of the 2012 London Olympic athletes with Sun Devils ties, bringing the final tally to 18.
This will be the second Olympiad for Gao, who just finished her freshman campaign at Arizona State. Gao competed for her host nation at the 2008 Beijing Games and helped guide the team to a fifth-place finish. Gao’s performance was so exceptional that she was named as one of the All-Stars of the tournament.
Despite only competing half of the opening season as a Sun Devil, Gao was a difference-maker in the pool. Gao posted 21 goals in 19 appearances on the season, and her 1.11 goals per contest were 23rd in the MPSF on the year. Gao will be just the second current student-athlete behind Canadian diver Riley McCormick to represent ASU at the Olympics.
Keszthelyi has yet to hit the pool for a game in a Sun Devil uniform, but her performance on the international scene should have fans excited for a prospect. The incoming freshman for the 2013 season was named the Player of the Tournament at the 2011 Junior World Championships in Italy.
Keszthelyi’s squad came just short of winning the world title in an 11-9 decision against Spain. Even so, Keszthelyi was named the Player of the Tournament after notching 13 goals in the tournament, one of which was the deciding goal in an overtime victory against Russia that sent the team to the finals. The final goal was part of a four-goal effort from the youngster in that particular game.
Despite signing in spring of 2011, Keszthelyi remained in Hungary through the 2012 season to train with the Hungarian National Team in preparation for this year’s Olympics.
“I am so proud of the Sun Devil Water Polo players that will be representing their countries at the upcoming Olympic Games,” head coach Tood Clapper said. “It is also a very proud moment for the ASU water polo program that we have one past, one present and one future player in the Olympic Games. We will be cheering loud for our Sun Devils.”
Gao and Keszthelyi join Australia’s Rowie Webster to give the Sun Devils three competitors at the 2012 Olympic Games. While Gao competed in 2008, she was no where near signing with ASU at the time and thus, the 2012 season marks the first season for a Sun Devil water polo player at the Olympics.
The water polo tournament at the Olympic Games is set to begin July 30th.