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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 12:00 am

FAIRBANKS — A trio of Alaska Nanooks athletes was honored for its prowess in the classroom Wednesday afternoon when Capital One announced its Academic All-American Division II At-Large Teams.

Selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, the student-athletes are selected based on a combination of athletic performance as well as academics.

Sophomore shooter Ryan Anderson and senior skier Lex Treinen were selected to the second team, while sophomore skier Alyson McPhetres was a third team women’s selection.

Ten Alaska athletes have earned Academic All-America honors, since the first honoree in 1989.

“It’s outstanding to see these fine student-athletes honored in this way,” athletic director Gary Gray said in a press release. “Their academic accomplishments are significant, especially since two of the three are still early in their athletic careers as Alaska Nanooks.”

It marked the first time three Nanooks were chosen Academic All-Americans in the same year.

In 2012, skier Erik Soderstrom was a First Team selection, and women’s basketball player Nicole Bozek was a Third Team pick.

In 2008, men’s ski team members Marius Korthauer and Vahur Teppan were first and second team members, respectively.

Treinen, from Anchorage, and a northern studies major, is the fourth Alaska men’s skier to be honored. Anderson, a biology major from Great Falls, Va., and McPhetres, a Spanish and geological engineering major from Chugiak, are the first shooter and women’s skier to be honored.

Anderson, who boasts a 3.88 grade point average, was a National Rifle Association first team All-American for smallbore and second team in air rifle this year. He led the team in both disciplines at the NCAA Championships to help the Nanooks to a fourth-place finish. Following the collegiate season, Anderson went on to take the gold medal in the three-position and prone smallbore events  and  a silver in air rifle at the Junior Olympic National Shooting Championships.

Treinen had a 3.78 GPA as an undergraduate and holds a 4.0 in his graduate program. He finished second in the 15-kilometer freestyle at the NCAA Central Region Championship to help the men’s team finish second. He was third in the 20-kilometer classic at the conference championship to help the Nanooks to a third-place team finish. Before this year, Treinen was a two-time NCAA All-American. He qualified for the NCAA Championship three times. He was a member of the U.S. U-23 World Championship Team in 2011.

McPhetres, a dual-sport athlete holds a 3.92 GPA. She was one of two women’s skiers for the Nanooks to qualify for the 2013 NCAA Championship after winning both events at the Central Region Championship to lead the Nanook women to the team title.

She was the conference champion in the 15-kilometer free technique race and was an All-Central Collegiate Ski Association second team selection.

As a member of the cross country program, she was a 2011 NCAA Championship participant and earned a spot on both the GNAC and USTFCCCA All-Academic teams.

Contact the News-Miner sports department at 459-7581.


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