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Golf's Bieniek named Academic All-MAC

May 7, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- The accolades continue for Western Michigan University's Erica Bieniek, an April business graduate and four-year member of the varsity golf team.

With her selection to the All-Mid-American Conference First Team in April, Bieniek became the first Bronco golfer named to an All-MAC squad in the five-year history of varsity women's golf at WMU. Now, the Scottville, Mich., native has added Academic All-MAC team selection to her list of honors. She also owns virtually every team record for the Broncos. The five-member academic all-conference squad also included two student-athletes each from Bowling Green and Kent State.

An accounting major from Scottville, Mich., Bieniek was graduated with a bachelor of business administration degree and a 3.27 cumulative grade-point average April 26, but was unable to attend her commencement ceremony, because she was representing WMU at the MAC Championships that weekend in Ohio. To celebrate her graduation, Bieniek shot a one-under-par 71 that day, which tied for the lowest round of the day.

Academic all-conference honors are given to student-athletes who excel 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.

Media contact: Scott Kuykendall, 269 387-4138, scott.kuykendall@wmich.edu

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