March 29, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State's women's swimming and diving team picked up three first-team honors, two second-team honors and four honorable mentions when the Pac-10 Conference announced its All-Academic women's swimming and diving teams, Friday.
Shald recently earned All-America honors in the pool for the second time, placing 11th in the 100-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championships while improving her school record time to 54.47. A pre-business major from Omaha, Neb., she has a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Stanford (Oakland, Calif.), who capped off her outstanding senior season by placing 17th in the 1650y freestyle at the NCAA Championships, will graduate with a 3.65 GPA in conservation biology. She is ranked fourth in school history in the 500y free (4:47.18), seventh in the 200y free (1:48.76) and 1650y free (16:29.67) and ninth in the 1000y free (10:00.80). This is the second season in a row she has been named to the Pac-10's all-academic first team. In 2000, she received honorable mention recognition.
Lightner, a junior from Tucson, Ariz., carries a 3.90 GPA in psychology. This season she improved her career bests in the 100y and 200y butterfly events to 59.87 and 2:06.21, respectively.
Burgess, of Phoenix, Ariz., is the ASU school record holder in the 1-meter springboard, 6-dive optionals and the 3-meter springboard, 6-dive format. Majoring in communications, she has a GPA of 3.55.
Townsend, who recently picked up second-team All-America honors placing 14th in the 1650y free at the NCAA Championships is ranked second in school history in that event and is record-holder in the 500y free (4:45.09). A native of Australia, she has a 3.46 GPA in elementary education.
Honorable mention recognition went to junior Claire Hedenskog (recreation & tourism major, 3.05 GPA), senior Riley Mants (elementary education, 3.34), sophomore Brianna Patterson (recreation & tourism, 3.37) and sophomore Jessica Stenson (elementary education, 3.0).