May 22, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Four Wildcats have been named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V at-large selections, announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Andy Long (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) of men's swimming and Hilary Bowen (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) of women's lacrosse were tabbed as first-team selections, while Samantha Murray (Altrincham, England/Altrincham Grammar) of women's tennis and Andrea Hupman (Lawrenceville, Ga./Brookwood) of women's swimming were honored as second-team picks.
As first-teamers, both Long and Bowen now are eligible for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America ballot. The Academic All-America at-large program encompasses all sports not covered by their own dedicated awards process. Each school is allowed to nominate up to three male and three female student-athletes for the at-large award; student-athletes must be starters or important reserves, have a minimum 3.20 GPA and be sophomores athletically and academically to be eligible.
Long was Northwestern's third-quickest distance swimmer on the year, breaking his own career record in the 1,650 free at the 2008 Big Ten Championships. A double major in mechanical engineering and manufacturing & design engineering, Long is graduating from NU a year early to work with NASA's space program, building robotics to aid in data collection in space.
Bowen, a junior human development and psychological services major, was a first-team All-American Lacrosse Conference selection this year, and currently is tied for second on NU's single-season goals scored record list. She and the No. 1 seed Wildcats take on Syracuse Friday afternoon, May 23, in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, seeking NU's fourth-consecutive national title.
Murray is a sophomore economics major who has played at No. 3 singles nearly all season long for Northwestern. The Wildcats spent much of the year ranked No. 1 in the nation before bowing out of the NCAA Tournament in the quarterfinal round. The team set school records for wins and winning percentage in its best season in program history.
Hupman, a senior biomedical engineering major, recently wrapped up one of the most successful seasons in NU women's swimming history. Already a member of the U.S. National 'A' team, Hupman set a trio of Big Ten Championships records and won two conference titles en route to being named Swimmer of the Championships. She also earned six All-America honors at the NCAA meet, leading NU to a 19th-place finish, its best in nearly a decade.