May 25, 2006
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Four LMU athletes were named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic Teams today. Three members of the women's rowing team, plus one golfer were instrumental in leading the Lions to WCC Championships this spring, and also excelled in the classroom. Jill Austin, Carla Conway and Erin Ludwig were named to the women's rowing All-Academic Team, and senior Chaz Inouye was named to the men's golf All-Academic team.
To be considered, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA, while also be a significant contributor to his or her team.
Inouye earns All-Academic honors for the second year in a row, graduating this spring with a 3.35 GPA in Business Administration. As the only senior on this year's team, Inouye guided the Lions to their first ever WCC Championship and first ever NCAA Regional appearance. LMU tied for 6th in the West Region and will compete in the NCAA Championships next week in Sunriver, Ore.
Inouye placed 23rd at the WCC Championships, and shot a 71 (-1) all three days of the NCAA Regionals. He finished with a 213, his lowest three-round total of the season. He finished the Regional in a tie for 38th place.
All three rowers were members of the women's varsity 8 boat that had an outstanding season in 2006. The highlight of the year was LMU's first ever WCC Championship on April 29th. Needing a win by the women's varsity 8 in the final event of the day to capture the team trophy, the Lions earned a boat-length victory over Gonzaga to win the program's first WCC title and break Gonzaga's streak of nine straight conference championships.
The women's varsity 8 never lost to a WCC opponent all season, defeating rival Gonzaga in four different races. In addition to winning the conference title, the women's varsity 8 placed 2nd at the WIRA Championships, and finished highest among non-Pac-10 schools at the Pac-10 Championships.
Austin, a sophomore from Newport Beach, CA, earned All-WCC and All-WIRA honors following the WCC and WIRA Championships. She is a Communications Studies major with a 3.69 GPA.
Conway, a senior from Long Beach, CA, sat in the number seven seat this season. She graduated in May with a degree in Communications Studies with a 3.72 GPA.
Ludwig, a senior from Irvine, CA, served as a co-captain this season and sat in the number two seat. She graduated in May as well with an Accounting degree with a 3.61 GPA.
All three rowers were also named CRCA West Region National Scholar Athletes earlier this week. The award recognizes student-athletes with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher that competed in 75 percent of her team's 2006 spring races. Also, the student-athletes must be upperclassmen (2nd, 3rd, or 4th year) in terms of eligibility and their head coaches must be good standing members of the CRCA.