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Long Beach State Has 10 Student-Athletes Named to Big West Fall All-Academic Team

Feb. 13, 2018

IRVINE, Calif. -- The Big West Conference announced its Fall 2018 All-Academic Team, and a total of 10 Long Beach State student-athletes were recognized.

In order to be eligible for the All-Academic team, student-athletes must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, complete one full academic year at the member institution prior to the season for which the award is being received (at least a sophomore academically), and compete in at least 50 percent of their team's contests.

Women's soccer led the way with four student-athletes making the list. Junior Dana Fujikini made the Big West All-Academic Team for the second time in as many years, while senior Imani McDonald, and sophomores Taylor Bistline and Kaitlin Fregulia earned the honors for the first time in their careers.

Women's volleyball, women's cross country, and men's cross country each had two representatives from their respective programs. Sophomore Hailey Harward and graduate student Rachel Nieto represented the women's volleyball program, while sophomores Christie Nesbit and Julie Vargas were honored from women's cross country.

Men's cross country, which is Long Beach State's only men's sport in the fall, saw junior Patrick Burcaigo and sophomore Robert Daseler honored.

Below are all 10 of the Long Beach State honorees for Fall 2018:

Women's Volleyball (2)
Hailey Harward, Sophomore, Marketing, Phoenix, Ariz.
Rachel Nieto, Graduate Student, Sport Psychology MS, Walnut Creek, Calif.

Women's Soccer (4)
Taylor Bistline, Sophomore, Community Health, Garden Grove, Calif.
Kaitlin Fregulia, Sophonore, Kinesiology, Torrance, Calif.
Dana Fujikuni, Junior, Health Care Administration, Moorpark, Calif.
Imani McDonald, Senior, Communications, Long Beach, Calif.

Women's Cross Country (2)
Christie Nesbit, Sophomore, Kinesiology, Torrance, Calif.
Julie Vargas, Sophomore, Recreation, Huntington Beach, Calif.

Men's Cross Country (2)
Patrick Burciago, Junior, Kinesiology, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Robert Daseler, Sophomore, Spanish, Las Vegas, Nev.

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