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Four Lions Earn Academic All-Conference Honors



June 1, 2001

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The season continues to see postseason honors pile in for Loyola Marymount University student-athletes. This time it was the West Coast Conference All-Academic team, which was released on Friday.

Women's crew, who placed third in the West Coast Conference this season, had two rowers named to the All-Academic team, junior Charlotte Livingstone and senior Christina Orsa. Joining the two rowers was freshman Michael Farrell of the men's golf team and sophomore Penka Fileva of the women's tennis team.

Livingstone, who is a junior in elgibility, is a graduate student in Liberal Arts and earned a perfect 4.00 in her first year at LMU. The All-Conference selection is a member of the women's varsity eight team.

Her teammate, Orsa, was a four-year rower for the Lions and was voted LMU's most valuable Oarswoman in 2000. In that same season she was an All-Conference selection. She led the Lions in the stroke seat her senior season while earning a degree in Natural Science with a 3.37 GPA.

As the Lions' number one singles player, Fileva, who is a Business major with a 3.46 GPA, led the women's tennis team to its highest WCC finish ever (second). She began the season with a six match winning streak and posted a 9-9 mark at the No.1 singles spot. She was also part of the No.2 doubles team that posted an 8-3 record. She capped a successful year being named to All-WCC singles team.

Farrell, in his first year at LMU, earned a 3.60 GPA in Political Science, and averaged 77.2 strokes per round on the year. His best finish of the season (2nd) came in his first event as collegiate golf at the Yale Fall Intercollegiate Tournament. He finished with a 217 through three rounds. In addition, he shot a season-low one round score of 67 in round one at Yale. He competed in 9 of the teams' 11 events of the year and finished with the third best average on the team.

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