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Anteaters honor scholar-athletes

May 25, 2004

UC Irvine Athletics honored a school record 176 student-athletes as

2003-04 Big West Conference Scholar-Athletes at the program's annual

banquet May 17 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

This year's list brings UCI's total to 2,397 conference

scholar-athletes since 1983.

Requirements for this award include maintaining a 3.0 grade-point

average over three quarters or a 3.2 GPA over two quarters for

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freshmen. Student-athletes must also earn letters in their sports.

The Scholar-Athlete award was implemented by the Big West

Conference to honor student-athletes who have maintained a high level

of scholastic excellence while participating in intercollegiate

athletics. UCI expanded the award to include teams that do not

participate in Big West-sponsored sports.

In addition to the 176 scholar-athletes, UCI also recognized

several individuals.

Men's volleyball player Jimmy Pelzel was recognized as the Lauds

and Laurels Senior Athlete of the Year, the most prestigious award

given by the UCI Alumni Association.

Pelzel is UCI's only two-time All-American, earning second-team

honors in 2004. He also earned second team All-Mountain Pacific

Sports Federation accolades this season, joining Erick Helenihi as

the school's only three-time all-conference honoree.

He garnered MPSF Player of the Week honors on April 14, his fourth

career award, the most by any UCI player.

The outside hitter ended his UCI career as the all-time leader in

kills (1,703) attack attempts (3,587) and service aces (96). This

season, Pelzel led the nation, totaling 578 kills and was ranked

sixth nationally in kills per game with a 4.62 average. He recorded

37 kills against Stanford in January, which was the second most kills

in the nation this year.

UCI's Big West Scholar-Athletes of the Year were seniors Annmarie

Turpin (indoor/outdoor track and field) and Jonathan Endrikat

(tennis). Each conference school honors one male and one female

athlete each year.

Turpin was on her way to her second consecutive Big West title in

the heptathlon last weekend, but suffered a hamstring injury in the

200 meters that took her out of the competition.

She currently ranks 10th in NCAA Division I this season in the

heptathlon with 5,332 points and hopes to compete at the NCAA

Championships in Austin, Texas, June 9-10.

Turpin ranks second all-time at UCI in the high jump, fifth in the

100 hurdles and ninth in the javelin. She finished 13th in the

pentathlon at the NCAA indoor track and field championships earlier

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