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Men's tennis players earn conference academic honors

May 7, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Four members from the Western Michigan University men's tennis team have been named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference team.

Senior Ryan Maarschalk, junior Ravi Pathanjali, and sophomores Tom Dennis and Mike Findling were selected to the team. Western Michigan had the most members of any school, earning four of the eight spots of the academic all-conference team. Ball State and Northern Illinois were represented by two players each.

Maarschalk of Harare, Zimbabwe, has a 3.74 cumulative GPA with a major in biomedical studies. He also has earned WMU's Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in both 2002 and 2003. Pathanjali of Tamilnadu, India, is a computer information systems major with a 3.25 overall GPA. Dennis, a business major from Rochester, Mich., has a 3.88 cumulative GPA, and Findling of Livonia, Mich., is a business major with a 3.62.

The honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award. Outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments from the current season only are considered.

Western Michigan finished the season 19-5 overall, 4-1 in the MAC, good for second place in the league. WMU returns all but one of their players, Maarschalk, for the 2003-04 season.

Media contact: Travis McCurdy, 269 387-4138, travis.mccurdy@wmich.edu

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