March 5, 2003
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Nineteen Atlantic Coast Conference scholar-athletes have been named recipients of the 2003 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarships, as announced by Commissioner John Swofford. The scholarships are given to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate-level degree following graduation. Each recipient will receive $5,000 to use towards their graduate education. Student-athletes receiving the award have performed with distinction both in the classroom and in their respective sports, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.
In addition to those receiving scholarship funds, there will be four student-athletes receiving Weaver-James-Corrigan Honorary Awards. These students will be recognized for their outstanding performance both in athletic competition, as well as in the classroom throughout their collegiate careers and who intend to compete in their respective sports at the Olympic or professional level.
The award is named in honor of the late Jim Weaver and Bob James as well as Gene Corrigan, past ACC commissioners. The league’s first commissioner, James H. Weaver, served the conference from 1954 to 1970, after a stint as the director of athletics at Wake Forest University. His early leadership and uncompromising integrity is largely responsible for the excellent reputation enjoyed by the ACC today.
Bob James, a former University of Maryland football player, was named commissioner in 1971 and served for 16 years. During his tenure, the league continued to grow in stature and became recognized as a national leader in athletics and academics, winning 23 national championships and maintaining standards of excellence in the classroom.
Eugene F. Corrigan assumed his role as the third full-time commissioner on September 1, 1987 and served until August of 1997. During Corrigan’s tenure, ACC schools captured 30 NCAA national championships and two national football titles.
Prior to 1994, the Weaver-James postgraduate scholarships were given as separate honors. The Jim Weaver award, originated in 1970, recognized exceptional achievement on the playing field and in the classroom, while the Bob James award, beginning in 1987, also honored outstanding student-athletes.
Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Wake Forest led the conference in selections this year with a total of three apiece. Clemson, Duke, Florida State and NC State had two student-athletes selected while Maryland and Virginia each had one representative on the list of honorees.
The following is a complete list of the Weaver-James-Corrigan scholars: Clemson – Jenna Kirsten Burtch (swimming); Jackie J. Robinson (football); Duke – Joanna Hingle (rowing); Kate Kaiser (lacrosse); Florida State – Gary C. Visser (track & field); Brandi M. Stuart (softball); Georgia Tech – Shilo Ayalon (swimming); Daniel Roland Dyke (football); Jamie Rui-Jing Wong (tennis); Maryland – Samantha F. Sweeney (softball); North Carolina – Laura Edith Greene (volleyball); Natalie Anne Halbach (gymnastics); Stephen Alrick Mohr (swimming); NC State – Diana Lynn Henderson (cross country); Gretchen Christina Lear (soccer); Virginia – Lauren Christine Aumiller (lacrosse); Wake Forest – Nuria Clau (golf); Carissa Ann Rutland (track & field); Paul Eugene Singleton (cross country and track & field). Recipients of the Weaver-James-Corrigan honorary awards follow: Duke – Kevin Cassese (lacrosse); Florida State – Matthew J. Lynch (baseball); North Carolina – David Matthew Crawford (soccer); Virginia – Mirjana Bosevska (swimming).
The 23 student-athletes will be honored Friday, April 11, 2003, in Greensboro, N.C., at a luncheon hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis. The luncheon will be held in the Empire Room at the Elm Street Center on South Elm Street.
Lauren Christine Aumiller, University of Virginia, Lacrosse, Baltimore, Md.
Member of the USA National Elite Team … named the national midfielder of the year by insidelacrosse.com … led the nation in scoring with 106 points … became just the 14th person in the history of Division I lacrosse to record more than 100 points in a season … set school record with 71 goals … named State Player of the Year …. Finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy … two-time All-American, including first-team honors by both USL/IWLCA and insidelacrosse.com … already ranks third all-time in Virginia lacrosse history with 220 points … scored in every game as a junior, setting a school record for consecutive games scored in a single season …. Captain of the United States Under-19 National Women’s Lacrosse team that captured the 1999 IFWLA World Championship in Perth, Australia … awarded the Heather Leigh Albert award as the top player in the girls’ division at the US Lacrosse National Tournament (1999) .
Shilo Ayalon, Georgia Institute of Technology, Swimming, Kafar Hanassi, Israel
Member of the ACC 50th Anniversary team for Men’s Swimming & Diving … 2003 ACC Swimmer of the Meet … 2003 ACC champion and conference record-holder in the 1650 freestyle (14:47.99) … 2002 All-American and 2001 honorable mention All-American in 1,650 freestyle … Seven-time All-ACC honoree in his career … Owns Georgia Tech school records in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 1,000 freestyle, 1,650 freestyle and 400 individual medley … Ended 2002 ranked No. 23 in the world in the 1,500-meter freestyle … Three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll … 2001 Verizon Academic All-District III At-Large team … 2001 and 2002 College Swimming Coaches Association of America Academic All-American.
Mirjana Bosevska, University of Virginia, Swimming, Skopje, Macedonia
Two-time Olympian for Macedonia (1996 and 2000) … 11-time NCAA All-American and nine-time ACC champion … Six-time first-team All-American, including three-consecutive years in the 400 I.M. (she has qualified for the 400 I.M. in the 2003 NCAAs) … Named the 2002 ACC Meet MVP and as well as the 2002 ACC Swimmer of the Year … Three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection became the first UVa swimmer to win to four consecutive ACC titles in the same event when she won the 400 I.M. at the 2003 ACCs … Five-time ACC Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week during her career, Bosevska holds the school and ACC records in the 400 I.M. (4:09.75) and 200 I.M. (1:59.31), she also swam on UVa’s school record setting 800 free relay (7:15.75) … Member of the ACC 50th Anniversary Women’s Swimming and Diving Team.
Jenna Kirsten Burtch, Clemson University, Swimming, Holland, Mich.
Earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2002 for the 400 medley relay … Three-time ACC Champion as a member of the Tigers’ winning 200 medley and 200 and 400 free relay teams in 2002 … Named to the All-ACC team in 2001 and 2002 and was a member of the ACC Honor Roll in 2000, 2001 and 2002 … Maintained a 4.0 GPA in Psychology during her career at Clemson … Currently holds the second-fastest times in Clemson history in the 50 and 100 free and the fourth-fastest time in the 200 free … Member of the 200 and 400 free relay teams and the 200 and 400 medley relay teams that hold the fastest times in the Tiger recordbooks.
Kevin Cassese, Duke University, Lacrosse, Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.
Two-time All-ACC and All-America selection … 2001 ACC Player of the Year … Earned second team All-America honors as a sophomore in 1991 and then received first team All-America accolades last year as a junior … Honored as the National Midfielder of the Year in 2002 … Last summer, Cassese helped the United States to the gold medal at the 2002 International Lacrosse Federation World Championship in Perth, Australia … Three-time Academic All-ACC choice who carries a 3.54 cumulative grade point average … On pace to join Duke’s 100-point club … Two-year team captain for the Blue Devils, who has amassed 83 career points on 55 goals and 28 assists while leading Duke to back-to-back ACC Championships in 2001 and 2002 and three consecutive NCAA Tournament berths.
Nuria Clau, Wake Forest University, Golf, Barcelona, Spain
All-ACC and All-America performer … Clau has been the Demon Deacons’ number one golfer the past two years … Won her first tournament last fall while leading the team in stroke average … Competed in the World Amateur Championship for the Spanish national team, which finished third …Two-time NGCA Academic All-American … Finalist for the 2002 Socrates Award presented by The Sporting News … Wake Forest Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
David Matthew Crawford, University of North Carolina, Soccer, Durham, N.C.
First-team All-ACC selection in 2002, when he led the conference with a school-record 16 assists … Earned first-team Academic All-America honors in 2002, his senior year, and has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa honorary society … Dean’s List and ACC Honor Roll selection throughout his career, he served as a member of the Student-Athlete Leadership Committee and represented UNC at the 2002 NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference.
Daniel Roland Dyke, Georgia Institute of Technology, Football, Winter Springs, Fla.
Four-time first-team Verizon Academic All-America … Four-time member of the ACC All-Academic football team … Named three times to the ACC Academic Honor Roll … 2002 Anson Mount Scholar-Athlete Award … Four-year starting punter for the Tech football team with a career average of 41.37 yards per kick … Posted the second-best career punting average in school history … Recorded three of the top eight season averages in Tech history … Ranks seventh in Tech history in career punting yards (5,461) and eighth in career punts (132) … Served as a teaching assistant for Calculus for the fall semester of 2002 … Georgia Tech President’s Scholarship recipient (top 3% of incoming freshmen) … Earned his bachelor’s degree in December of 2002 and is now enrolled in graduate school, pursuing a master’s in electrical engineering with an emphasis on biomedical engineering.
Laura Edith Greene, University of North Carolina, Volleyball, Yadkinville, N.C.
ACC Player of the Year in 2002 … Named the first All-American in program history as she led the Tar Heels to the program’s first ever appearance in the NCAA Regionals last fall …Co-captain of the team … Helped the team to its first 30-win season since 1985 and a 32-4 record en route to a ACC Regular Season title … Ninth in ACC history in career digs … Holds several UNC records, including 1,558 career digs, 4,717 career attempts, 1,502 attempts in a season, a 4.02 dig average in a season and 36 digs in a single match.
Natalie Anne Halbach, University of North Carolina, Gymnastics, Plymouth, Minn.
A balance beam specialist, Halbach scored a 9.95 on the event in 2001, posting the second-best score in school history … Two-time All-EAGL selection on balance beam …Competed on the event at the NCAA Regionals in 2001 and 2002 … Three-time member of the EAGL All-Academic team … Three-time NACGC/W Scholastic All-America and a member of the Dean’s List every year at Carolina.
Diana Lynn Henderson, North Carolina State University, Cross Country, Hendersonville, N.C.
Has been a scorer and blocker for NC State on two conference championship teams in 2000 and 2002 … In 2000, she aided her team to the District III Championships, and was a member of the 2002 runner-up squad … Raced in two NCAA Championship meets; in 2000 when the Wolfpack finished 11th, and in 2002 on the 13-place team … Henderson notched all-conference honors in track in 2001 after finishing third in the 10,000 meters and was an NCAA provisional qualifier that season … She also recorded a top-10 finish at the 2001 track championships in the 5,000 meters … Seven-time NC State Scholar Athlete and has been named to the conference’s all-academic squad on three occasions … Member of three national honor fraternities: Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Beta Phi and Phi Eta Sigma, and was inducted into the Golden Key Honor Society.
Joanne Hingle, Duke University, Rowing, Alexandria, Va.
Three-year letterwinner and 2003 team co-captain … Two-time All-American, National Rowing Scholar-Athlete, All-South Region and All-ACC selection … Helped Duke to its first ever national ranking in rowing (17th) as well as a first place finish in the varsity eight in the Cal Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic, a second place finish at the ACC Championships and a sixth place finish at the Central Regionals … Named COSIDA/Verizon Academic All-District … As a sophomore, Hingle became Duke’s first ever rowing All-American earning second team honors.
Kate Kaiser, Duke University, Lacrosse, Cockeysville, Md.
2003 team captain … Currently a member of the U.S. Elite Lacrosse squad and was a member of the ACC’s 50th Anniversary women’s lacrosse team … Entered the 2003 campaign ranked third in career goals (116) and fifth in career points (130) … 2003 Tewaaraton Trophy candidate and a Lacrosse Magazine Preseason All-American … In 2002, Kaiser was the Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Player of the Year before suffering a season ending knee injury on the opening day of practice … As a junior, she collected 50 goals, falling just four goals shy of setting a single-season school record … During her career, she has been a USL First Team All-American, an IWLCA First Team All-America and an All-ACC selection two times each … Three-time IWLCA All-Region selection … As a freshman, Kaiser was named ACC Rookie of the Year and also made the NCAA All-Tournament Team.
Gretchen Christina Lear, North Carolina State University, Soccer, Springfield, Va.
Ranks fifth all-time in NC State history in saves (254) and shutouts (15) … After an excellent freshman campaign, compiling a record of 4-3-1, a 1.30 gaa and a pair of shutouts, Lear was forced to sit out nine games her sophomore year due to injury … Returned for the second half of the season and posted a 1.01 gaa and six shutouts, earning ACC Player of the Week honors … In her junior season, Lear was again forced to sit
for five games in mid-season due to injury … Added three shutouts to her career total and a 1.37 gaa … Named to the SoccerBuzz Elite and Soccer America Teams of the Week, as well as ACC Player of the Week in October 2002 for her play in goal in NC State’s 2-1 victory over No.1 North Carolina … Six-time Dean’s
List, NC State Scholar Athlete, and ACC Honor Roll honoree … Named to the 2001 Verizon third team academic all-region team, the 2002 Verizon first team academic all-region team and 2002 third team academic All-American … 2002 College of Engineering Senior Scholarship nominee and the winner of the 2002-03 Henry M. Bremer Endowed Scholarship.
Matthew J. Lynch, Florida State University, Baseball, Ft. Pierce, Fla.
Has been the Seminoles’ No. 1 starter for the last two seasons … Owns a career record of 33-4 and currently ranks ninth in ACC history in career victories … Named a second team All-American and first team All-ACC in 2002 after going 13-2 with a 3.59 ERA … Started 2003 with a perfect 4-0 record and a 3.38 ERA and has helped the Seminoles earn the No. 1 ranking in the national polls … Should finish among FSU’s all-time top 10 in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts … Drafted in the seventh round by the San Diego Padres last year, Lynch chose to return to Florida State for his senior season to earn his degree in risk management, insurance and real estate.
Stephen Alrick Mohr, University of North Carolina, Swimming, Mequon, Wisc.
Four-year letterman and a tri-captain of the 2002-03 team … Ranks eighth in UNC history in the 1000-yard freestyle at 9:13.92, fourth in the 400-yard individual medley at 3:52.56 and third in the 1650-yard freestyle at 15:13.87 … Named first-team All-ACC in 2001 and he was an NCAA Championships qualifier in the 500 free, 1650 free and 400 IM in both 2000 and 2001 … Won the Bruce Webster Memorial Award as Carolina’s Most Dedicated Swimmer as a freshman and sophomore … Three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection and he has made the Dean’s List at UNC in each of his first seven semesters … named to the Verizon/CoSIDA Academic All-America All-District Team … As a freshman and a sophomore he was named an NCAA Academic All-American by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
Jackie J. Robinson, Clemson University, Football, Orangeburg, S.C.
Served as president of the team’s LIFELINE Organization, the team’s leadership group … Consistent Dean’s List Student, Robinson has made the ACC Academic Honor Roll each of the last four years and should be the football team’s first five-time selection in seven years … Played his final season on the gridiron as a graduate student, as he earned his degree in health science in December of 2001 … Caught 18 passes for 229 yards this past season, fourth on the Tiger team in receptions … For his career, Robinson caught 53 passes for 637 yards and four scores … Played in 43 games, 28 as a starter, and four bowl games.
Carissa Ann Rutland, Wake Forest University, Track & Field, Sugarland, Texas
Three-time all-regional cross country runner … Selected to the 2002 All-ACC cross country squad, while capturing an eighth-place finish … Took seventh in the 5,000m at the 2001 ACC Indoor Championships and came in ninth in the 10,000m at the 2002 ACC Outdoor Championships.
Paul Eugene Singleton, Wake Forest University, Cross Country/Track & Field, Greenville, S.C.
Two-time All-ACC selection … Ran the third leg of the DMR team that won two straight ACC Indoor Championships (2001, 2002) … Earned individual All-ACC honors, placing second in the Indoor 800m in 2002 and third during his sophomore campaign … Also a member of the DMR team that currently holds the school and ACC record.
Brandi M. Stuart, Florida State University, Softball, Cerritos,Calif.
Leading the nation as one of just 31 members of the National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) … In 2002 she became just the fourth FSU softball player to ever garner NFCA First Team All-American honors … Currently in the top four of eight different career record categories at FSU … Just the second FSU softball player ever invited to attend Team USA Softball camp last season … Named a 2002 Verizon Academic All-American … Last year she led the Tribe to the semi-finals of the 2002 Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City while batting .391, hitting 10 home runs and knocking in 45 RBIs … Her 10 home runs and 49 walks were both program records.
Samantha F. Sweeney, University of Maryland, Softball, Marlton, N.J.
Switch-hitting center fielder on the softball team … entered the 2003 season as Maryland’s career leader in batting average (.332), doubles (28) and triples (4) … Set a number of single-season school marks on her way to earning All-ACC honors last season, including batting average, stolen bases, and triples … Named to the NFCA Mid-Atlantic Region second team … As a freshman in 2000 (she missed the 2001 season with an injury), Sweeney led the squad in on-base percentage despite missing 24 games due to injuries.
Gary C. Visser, Florida State University, Track & Field, Orlando, Fla.
Team captain on the 2003 track & field squad … Finished sixth at the 2002 ACC Indoor Championships in the pole vault competition after establishing a career-best height of 15′ 5″ … Competed in the decathlon at the ACC Outdoor Championships placing 4th with a total score of 6,534 … His point total ranks him 8th overall in the decathlon in the Florida State record books … At the 2002 Snowbird Invitational, Visser turned in a top performance in the javelin throw with a mark of 164′ 3.5″, placing him 10th all-time in Florida State history … Competed for the Seminoles in the pole vault, discus, and 110m hurdles in his first three seasons at Florida State.
Jamie Rui-Jing Wong, Georgia Institute of Technology, Tennis, Singapore
Member of the ACC 50th Anniversary team for Women’s Tennis … Two-time all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, (2000-2001) … ACC Champion at No. 4 singles, 2000 … Participated in the 2002 NCAA Individual Championships, the first Tech female ever to earn a berth … Entering her senior season, she has the highest singles winning percentage in school history while ranking third in Tech history in career singles wins and career doubles victories … Recipient of Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Scholarship for 2002-03 as Tech’s top female scholar athlete … Three-time member of the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll.