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Lions Pile-up Leadership Awards

April 23, 2002

Los Angeles, CA (April 18, 2002) - Student-athletes at Loyola Marymount University have traditionally claimed many service and leadership awards at LMU, and 2002 was no different as six Lions earned prestigious awards as part of the 2001-02 Student Service and Leadership Award ceremony.

Junior Jeff Kovar and senior Devon Courtney claimed the Student-Athlete of the Year honor for their achievements on and off the playing arena. In addition, freshman Stephanie Hybki was honored with the Sr. Peg Dolan Award, sophomore Krista Zabor was awarded the Dr. Renee Harrangue Award, junior Kate Murray was given the Fr. Alfred Kilp Award and senior Robert Klamser was given the Sr. Raymunde McKay Award.

Kovar, a three-time All-Conference selection as a defender, helped the men's soccer program to its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, its first appearance in the national rankings (#15) and fourth place finish in the powerhouse West Coast Conference. In addition to his on the field accomplishments, Kovar earned Dean's List honors in each semester while enrolled at LMU. He has a 3.85 GPA while majoring in Biology. The Palos Verdes, Calif., native has also served as a campus EMT, is a member of Beta Beta Beta (Biology Honor Society) and is a two-time WCC Academic All-Conference selection.

In leading the women's water polo team to their first ever Western Water Polo Association conference championship and the University's first ever trip to the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship in 2001, the goalie Courtney has been a big part of the program's rise to prominence in the past four seasons. Courtney earned first-team All-WWPA honors in the 2001 season as the Lions went 23-7 and finished third in the nation. With more than 110 games under her belt as the Lions' starting goalie, Courtney has the Lions poised for another conference title in 2002 as they enter the WWPA Championship with the number one seed and ranked seventh in the country. As impressive as her stats and success has been in the pool, she has been equally impressive in the classroom. The communication studies major will finish her career with a 3.85 GPA, the highest of any graduating senior this year.

In her first season on the women's cross country team, the freshman Hybki has made her mark as a future leader at LMU. Her best race in her inaugural season of college competition was in a time of 26:08 at the UC Riverside Invitational She earned the Dolan Award, which is given to first year students who have effectively established themselves as emerging campus leaders. Recipients have assumed active and challenging roles that have developed their personal leadership skills, enriched the quality of campus life, promoted school spirit and facilitated the creation of a dynamic and respectful community.

The women's swim team had one of its best overall performances in the 2001-02 season, thanks in large part to the talent of the sophomore Zabor. The winner of the Dr. Renee Harrangue Award for sophomores, Zabor set the school record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:07.30 and set and broke the school record in the 200 breaststroke three times last season with the best time of 2:26.44. She already holds the record in the 100 butterfly with her time of 58.69 and in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:08.50, both of which she set as a freshman. The English major who is pursuing a minor in art has a 3.87 GPA and earned the Harrangue Award for her growing excellence in fostering the University's mission, challenging awareness, advocating for local and/or global justice issues, generous service to LMU and service for the community.

As a first-team WCC All-Conference selection in women's basketball, the junior Murray is on the verge of becoming one of LMU's all-time top scorers. With just under 1,000 career points heading into her final season in 2002-03, the Tigard, Oregon, native was a key player in the Lions' 15-13 season. She finished the 2001-02 season second on the team in points per game (13.8), rebounds (6.2) and total assists (100). Murray, who will probably be a preseason All-American candidate next season, has also done it in the class room and the community. As chairperson of LMU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Murray earned the Klip Award for juniors who have excelled by enriching the quality of campus life by building school spirit, by creating a dynamic and respectful community, and giving selflessly in an attempt to make the University and community a better place. The business major was a District VIII Academic All-American this season and has a 3.82 GPA.

The senior Klamser from Ventura, Calif., is a National Scholar-Athlete and has been a consistent force for the LMU men's crew program. As a member of the Varsity 8 Team that defeated UCLA and Chapman last season, Klamser has solidified his role at starboard for the Lions. The business administration major with a 3.51 GPA earned the McKay award for his instrumental role in initiating change, assuming leadership roles that have motivated peers to challenge themselves and to challenge others, enriching the quality of campus life creating a positive and respectful community and for giving selflessly of his energy to the University and the community.



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