Nine UIC Student-Athletes Named to HL All-Academic Teams

April 24, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS - Nine UIC student-athletes were named to the Horizon League's Winter Academic All-League Teams, it was announced by League officials from their Indianapolis headquarters Tuesday. The Flames' nine selections ranked second in the Horizon League.

"We are in the middle of our most successful academic era in school history, and all of the credit goes to our student-athletes for their hard work in the classroom," said UIC Athletic Director Jim Schmidt. "The success we've enjoyed over the past four semesters is something our department is very proud of. I'm looking forward to even more recognition at tonight's Academic Achievement banquet."

Highlighting UIC's representation were Shamiea Green (4.0/Instructional Leadership) from the women's basketball team, and women's trackster Mariya Denisenko (4.0/Kinesiology), who both had perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point-averages at the conclusion of the 2011 Fall Semester. Green wrapped up her eligibility with the Flames last month, and is pursuing her Master's degree. Denisenko is in her sophomore seasons with both the indoor and outdoor track & field teams.

The UIC women's swimming & diving team collected a department-high three All-Academic selections, with seniors Sarah Harper (3.84/English) and Clair Martin (3.69/Communications), and sophomore Melanie Waszak (3.5/undeclared) all earning the plaudit. Waszak was a part of seven school records during the 2012 campaign, including setting the individual school standard in the 200 butterfly, 500 freestyle and 1,000 freestyle.

The men's and women's indoor track & field teams each had two student-athletes named to the All-Academic Teams. Seniors Brian Denk (3.55/History) and Matt Zaluckyj (3.5/Teaching of Math) both collected the honor on the men's side, while Denisenko and senior Kellie Schuh (3.29/Biology) were recognized as UIC's women's track & field All-Academic selections. Zaluckyj and Schuh both currently boast the Horizon League's best times in the respective outdoor 800-meter run (men's) and long jump (women's).

Sophomore men's diver Woody Lord, who was named the team's Co-Diver of the Year, represented UIC on the men's swimming & diving All-Academic squad. Lord boasts a 3.36 GPA in his fourth full semester at UIC - he set the school record in the 1-Meter Diving event this past season.

The Horizon League recognizes student-athletes with seasonal Academic All-League Teams in each of its 19 championship sports. To be eligible for Academic All-Horizon League consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 or higher (based on a 4.00 scale) and have completed at least one year at the member institution, having earned 24 semester-hour or 36 quarter-hour credits.