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Kelly Peterson Honored at Academic Excellence Banquet

April 6, 1999

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Irish senior cross country co-captain Kelly Peterson earned top honors Tuesday night at the seventh annual Academic Excellence Awards Dinner organized by the University of Notre Dame’s Office of Academic Services for Student-Athletes and sponsored by the Athletic Department.

The dinner, held in the concourse of the Joyce Center, honored the 410 student-athletes who possess a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average or higher. Also honored were the student-athletes on each varsity team with the highest cumulative GPA (trainers, managers and cheerleaders included), plus the teams with the highest combined GPAs in each semester.

Lou Nanni – executive director of the South Bend Center for the Homeless — served as guest speaker.

Peterson, an English and anthropology double major (in the College of Arts and Letters) from Escondido, Calif., was honored as the graduating senior with the highest cumulative GPA (3.945). She’s a two-time cross country letterwinner who also competes in track.

Seven athletes were cited for earning 4.0 grade-point averages during the ’98 spring semester — Cindy Harding (cheerleading, senior, Naperville, Ill.), Phil Murphy (soccer, senior, Brentwood, Tenn.), Mike Naumann (baseball, sophomore, Tucson, Ariz.), Steve Kane (fencing, junior, Cincinnati, Ohio), Andy Jurkowski (hockey, junior, Madison, Wis.), Matt Hedden (swimming, sophomore, Westerville, Ohio) and Nate Andrulonis (track, sophomore, Pittsburgh, Pa.).

Reaching the 4.0 mark in the ’98 fall semester were Andy Warford (tennis, senior, Bismarck, N.D.), Brittany Kline (swimming, senior, Crystal Lake, Ill.), Hilary Burn (track, freshman, Ottawa, Ont.), Dana McSherry (track, junior, Merrick, N.Y.), Leah Ashe (rowing, sophomore, Orchard Park, N.Y.), Lezlie Potter (rowing, senior, Englewood, Colo.), Murphy, Hedden and Andrulonis.

Honored for having the highest cumulative averages among first-year students were Burn, Adam Tibble (football) and Kim Rubeis (lacrosse).

The teams with the highest combined GPAs were men’s golf in the spring ’98 semester at 3.2 and women’s lacrosse in the fall ’98 semester at 3.37.

Here are the individuals with the top cumulative GPAs by sport:
(must have achieved upper-class status)

Baseball           Mike Naumann        Sophomore Tucson, AZMen's Basketball   Dennis Carroll      Senior    LaGrange, ILWomen's Basketball Ruth Riley          Sophomore Macy, INCheerleading       Cindy Harding       Senior    Naperville, ILMen's Fencing      Steve Kane          Junior    Cincinnati, OHWomen's Fencing    Carianne McCullough Sophomore Philadelphia, PAFootball           James Caputo        Junior    Chatham, NJMen's Golf         Jeff Connell        Junior    Lacrosse, WI      Women's Golf       Beth Cooper         Junior    Kalamazoo, MIHockey             Andy Jurkowski      Junior    Madison, WIMen's Lacrosse     Steve Fiamingo      Junior    Cincinnati, OHWomen's Lacrosse   Carrie Marshall     Sophomore Monument, CO   Managers           Jim Brockmole       Senior    Dauphin, PARowing             Leah Ashe           Sophomore Orchard Park, NYSoftball           Danielle Klayman    Sophomore San Diego, CA   Men's Soccer       Phil Murphy         Senior    Brentwood, TNWomen's Soccer     Monica Gonzalez     Sophomore Richardson, TXMen's Swimming     Matt Hedden         Sophomore Westerville, OHWomen's Swimming   Rhiana Saunders     Junior    The Woodlands, TXMen's Tennis       Andy Warford        Senior    Bismarck, NDWomen's Tennis     Jennifer Hall       Senior    Oklahoma City, OKMen's Track        Nate Andrulonis     Sophomore Pittsburgh, PAWomen's Track      Kelly Peterson      Senior    Escondido, CATrainers           Kristen Spellacy    Junior    Mayfield Heights, OH   Volleyball         Lindsay Treadwell   Senior    Austin, TX