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Brink, Gernhofer Named to GTE Academic First Team

May 24, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University seniors Jeff Brink (Grand Rapids, Mich./Christian) and Kyle Gernhofer (Traverse City, Mich.) were both named to the men's tennis GTE Academic District IV First Team on Tuesday (May 23).

Brink and Gernhofer were the top two vote getters among all nominees in GTE District IV. That district includes Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama.

The duo now goes on the national ballot for GTE Academic All-America voting.

A biomedical sciences major with a 4.0 GPA, Brink was named to the GTE Academic All-District IV team for the second consecutive year. He was an Academic All-American a year ago. The Grand Rapids native has also been twice selected as a Mid-American Conference All-Academic first team player (1998 and 1999) and an ITA Scholar Athlete (1999). The 1999 and 2000 winner of the WMU Male Athlete of the Year Award, Brink won 164 matches during his collegiate career, the seventh-best total in program history. He plans to study dentistry.

Gernhofer maintains a 3.83 GPA as a biomedical sciences major. He was a GTE Academic All-District IV pick in 1999 and was an ITA Scholar Athlete last season. Gernhofer has been named to MAC All-Academic teams the last two years and won the 2000 Jack Vredevelt Sportsmanship Award. He also earned All-MAC Second Team honors this season. Gernhofer's 144 career victories rank No. 11 on the Broncos' career wins list.

Brink and Gernhofer helped Western Michigan reach the MAC title match in three of their four seasons. The duo helped the Broncos reach the 1999 NCAA Tournament, the program's first appearance ever, and capture two MAC championships during their playing days.

Media contact: Geoff Brown; 616 387-4138; geoffrey.brown@wmich.edu

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