March 29, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State's men's swimming and diving team saw two of its athletes pick up first-team honors while four received second-team nods when the Pac-10 Conference named its All-Academic men's swimming and diving teams, Friday. The last time the ASU men earned six combined first and second team Pac-10 All-Academic spots was 1994.
Sophomore diver Gordon Blukis and senior swimmer Bo West earned first-team honors. Blukis (Cuptertino, Calif.) was ASU's leader in the diving events for most of the 2001-02 season, picking up nine dual meet victories including sweeps of the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events vs. Wisconsin, USC and Stanford. Majoring in pre-business, he has a GPA of 3.57. West (Esbjerg, Denmark), who earned first-team academic honors for the second straight season is set to graduate with a 3.39 GPA while majoring in business economics and finance. He is currently competing at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., and is coming off a 15th-place finish in the 200y freestyle at the Pac-10 Championships.
Harcsas (Penzberg, Germany), is a business management major with a 3.06 GPA. He entered the day ranked second in school history in the 200y backstroke (1:43.96), fifth in the 100y back (48.77) and eighth in the 200y individual medley (1:49.70).
A fellow backstroker, Hussein is No. 2 in ASU history in the 100y back (48.03) and No. 3 in the 200y back (1:44.45). The Fullerton, Calif., native has a 3.19 GPA in computer engineering.
Meadows (Leeds, England) is contending for his second straight All-American season at NCAAs and is ranked seventh in program history in the 200y (1:36.31) and 500y free (4:21.28). A pre-business major, he has a 3.11 GPA.
Tate (Gaithersburg, Md.), who is majoring in justice studies and sociology carries a 3.38 GPA. At the Pac-10 Championships he placed 16th in the 200y butterfly, and 20th in the 100y fly and 100y back.