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Five Lions Named WCC Spring All-Academic Selections

Marni Hietbrink and Courtney Cox of LMU rowing's varsity 8 were among the five Lions honored as WCC spring All-Academic selections.
Marni Hietbrink and Courtney Cox of LMU rowing's varsity 8 were among the five Lions honored as WCC spring All-Academic selections.

June 27, 2007

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Five Lions are among the honorees as the West Coast Conference announced its spring All-Academic selections this week. The All-Academic team recognizes the league's top student-athletes in the spring WCC-sponsored sports of baseball, golf, tennis, and rowing.

Nate Keadle of baseball, Josh Escobedo of golf, Pavla Mesterova of women's tennis, and Courtney Cox and Marni Hietbrink of women's rowing represented LMU as the all-conference selections.

At the completion of each athletic season, the WCC selects an all-academic squad for each of the participating sponsored sports. To be considered, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (3.00 for golf), while also being a significant contributor to his or her team.

"These honorees represent the commitment of WCC student-athletes to both academic and athletic excellence," WCC Com¬missioner Michael Gilleran said. "Every year, it's a difficult process to narrow the long list of qualified nominees from each institution. All of those nominated should be proud of their achievements."

Nate Keadle


Keadle (Huntington Beach, Calif.), a junior business administration major, is honored after posting a cumulative grade point average of 3.35. Roster size makes the baseball academic selections especially competitive, and Keadle is the first baseball Lion to earn the recognition since the 2000 season. A relief pitcher for LMU, Keadle led the team with 28 appearances. He finished the season with a record of 3-2, including a 2-0 record in WCC play.

Josh Escobedo


Also a junior business administration major, Escobedo (Tucson, Ariz.) is honored for his GPA of 3.04. After winning the WCC Championship with the Lions in 2006, Escobedo finished in the league's top-40 with a 250 at the 2007 championship.

Pavla Mesterova


The third LMU junior business administration major to be honored this semester, Mesterova (Prague, Czech Republic) posted a cumulative GPA of 3.29. After leading the Lions to the league championship match in 2006, she returned in 2007 to earn WCC Player of the Year honors and first-team selections in both singles and doubles play. Mesterova finished the season ranked 60th in the nation in singles after posting a 27-6 record. The 27 wins ranks fifth all-time in LMU history for victories in a single season while her .818 winning percentage is the best in program history.

Cox (Phoenix), a senior humanities major, is honored after posting a cumulative GPA of 3.21 over her four-year LMU career. Hietbrink (Baulkham Hills, Australia) earns the all-academic honor after recording a 3.39 GPA as a junior psychology major. Cox and Hietbrink led the Lions to the WCC Championship in 2006 and helped the squad take second this season. Following the 2007 championship, both were named All-WCC selections.

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