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Beach Has 13 Athletes Named to Big West Fall All-Academic Team

Jan. 31, 2017

IRVINE, Calif. - The Big West Conference has announced its 2017 Fall All-Academic Team, and a total of 13 Long Beach State athletes have been recognized on this year’s team. To qualify for a spot on the All-Academic Team, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, complete at least one academic year at the school prior to the season for which the honor is given (at least a sophomore academically), and compete in at least 50 percent of their team’s games.

Three teams boasted four All-Academic Team members: women’s cross country, women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. LBSU’s only men’s sport in the fall is cross country, and senior Sam Bautista represented the 49ers with his third straight All-Academic honor.

On the women’s side, cross country had four representatives for the second year in a row. Senior Ashley Carrera leads the way as a three-time honoree, joined by seniors Jodi Lambert and Pauline Mandel, plus junior Alexandra Lathos.

In women’s soccer, Mimi Akaogi and Celeste Dominguez each earn their third-straight All-Academic Team nod, while sophomores Dana Fujikuni and Jordan Sanders are first-time honorees. In women’s volleyball, Nele Barber is the lone senior on the list, joining junior Anete Brinke and a pair of sophomores in Peyton Grahovac and Mykah Wilson.

Here are all 13 of the LBSU honorees for Fall 2017:
Men’s Cross Country
Sam Bautista, Senior, Political Science, Whittier, Calif.

Women’s Cross Country
Ashley Carrera, Senior, Health Education, San Pedro, Calif.
Jodi Lambert, Senior, Child Development, Overland Park, Kan.
Alexandra Lathos, Junior, Athletic Training, Salinas, Calif.
Pauline Mandel, Senior, Human Development, Temecula, Calif.

Women’s Soccer
Mimi Akaogi, Senior, Studio Art, Cupertino, Calif.
Celeste Dominguez, Senior, Environmental Science & Policy, Long Beach, Calif.
Dana Fujikuni, Sophomore, Health Care Admin, Moorpark, Calif.
Jordan Sanders, Sophomore, Pre-Kinesiology Exercise Science, Temecula, Calif.

Women’s Volleyball
Nele Barber, Senior, Theory & Practice of Cinema, Berlin, Germany
Anete Brinke, Junior, Economics & Econ Theory, Riga, Latvia
Peyton Grahovac, Sophomore, Sport Psychology, Orange, Calif.
Mykah Wilson, Sophomore, Criminal Justice, Southlake, Texas



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