June 16, 2009
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference was awarded with seven student-athletes on the 2009 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII at-large teams. On the men's side, Greg Moss of Loyola Marymount was named to the first team, while Matt Adler of Santa Clara, Achim Christner of Saint Mary's, Tim Heafner of Loyola Marymount, and Shane Mason of Pepperdine were named to the second team. On the women's side, Jenni Heinser of San Francisco and Miki Ueoka of Santa Clara were named to the third team.
Moss, a golfer and native of Sherman Oaks, CA, graduated with a 3.85 GPA in economics. This year, he had a breakthrough season on and off the field as he was the individual champion at the 2009 WCC Golf Championships and was also the recipient of the 2009 Mike Gilleran Scholar-Athlete award.
Adler, a water polo player from San Anselmo, CA, is a junior and currently has a 3.85 GPA as a finance major. This season, he saw action in all 30 games and notched 10 goals off 30 attempts. He also tallied 14 assists and 12 steals.
Christner, a tennis player from Holzelfingen, Germany, graduated with a 3.97 GPA in business administration. He is a three-time member of the WCC honorable mention team for doubles and once for singles, and has also been a member of the WCC Spring All-Academic team.
Heafner, a Bellevlle, IL native, is a two-time LMU Student-Athlete of the Year and was a team leader on the men's water polo team, helping the program to its sixth Western Water Polo Association title and a third place finish at the 2009 NCAA Championship. Heafner graduated this May with a 3.76 GPA in Business Law.
Mason is a native of San Diego, CA and a member of the golf team. He had his best season as a Wave, earning All-WCC honorable mention honors and coming in at 12th place at the WCC Championships. He was also named Pepperdine's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The junior is a political science major with a GPA of 3.92.
Heinser, just a sophomore tennis player and a native of Miami, FL, has already enjoyed a stellar career for the Dons, twice earning the WCC Player of the Year Award. Her biggest victory of her career came this season when she defeated then No. 7 Laura Giola of Furman University. She compiled a 16-3 record at the No. 1 position and is currently a business administration major with a GPA of 3.88.
Ueoka, also a sophomore, is a member of the golf team and a native of Lihue, HI. She had a breakthrough season this year as she tied for second at the WCC Championships, while also becoming the first Santa Clara women's golfer to advance to the NCAA West Regionals. She also compiled three individual tournament titles this year. She is currently majoring in biochemistry with a GPA of 3.49.
In the At-Large program, nominations are limited to three per school per gender (a total of three men's at-large candidates and three women's at-large candidates). If an institution participates in both the college and the university divisions, it may nominate a total of three men and three women between the two divisions. The at-large program consists of the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. There is no limit to the number of candidates that may be nominated for a particular sport within the at-large program. District VIII consists of schools located in California, Hawaii, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington.