Gators place three on ESPN Magazine First Teams

Gainesville, FL – The University of Florida placed three student-athletes on 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III At-Large teams. Senior gymnast Savannah Evans (Destin, Fla.) is a member of the women’s first team. Junior Kevin Nead (Ithaca, N.Y.) and senior Luca De Matteis (Naples, Italy), both swimmers, merited first-team consideration on the men’s side. All three advance to the national Academic All-America ballot.

Evans is pursuing a double major in sports management & business and owns a 3.75 grade point average. She earned All-America first-team honors for vault and floor exercise, advancing to 2007 NCAA Individual Event Finals after posting season-best marks of 9.90 for both events in NCAA Championships Session I team qualifying competition. Evans shared fourth in the NCAA floor final (9.90) and took sixth in the vault final (9.8125).  Evans also shared the NCAA Northeast Region floor title at 9.90 for the first regional event title of collegiate career. Evans is a three-time member of both the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll and the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches Scholastic All-America team.

Nead, the 2007 SEC Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year, is a zoology/pre-med major with a 3.98 GPA. He is currently in Lille, France, where he has been selected, based on exceptional academic achievement and research potential, to conduct diabetes-related research for eight months. The Ithaca, N.Y., native was also chosen by UF faculty to publish and present cancer-related research that he performed at the school. Nead has earned All-America honors in the 400 individual in each of the last two years, and owns four-career All-SEC accolades.

An aerospace and mechanical engineering major with a 3.86 GPA, De Matteis ranked 10th nationally in the 200 breast last season with a time of 1:56.27. A native of Naples, Italy, he collected four All-America honors, including one in the 200 breast in each of the last three years, and garnered All-SEC recognition eight times. De Matteis was also a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection. The one-time school record holder in the 200 breast, he finished his career ranked in the UF all-time top-five in the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 medley relay.

The men’s Academic All-America national team will be announced June 12, followed by the women’s team on June 14.

2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III Teams – University Division

First Team – Women

Amanda Blumenherst Duke Golf

Amy Stopford Duke University Field Hockey

Savannah Evans Florida Gymnastics

Courtney Kupets Georgia Gymnastics

Heather Reynolds Georgia Southern Tennis

Kristi Miller Georgia Tech Tennis

Audra Cohen Miami Tennis

Leah Wigger Virginia Golf

Lindsay Pieper Virginia Tech Lacrosse

Jessica Botzum Virginia Tech Swimming

Second Team

Kristen Waagbo Duke Lacrosse

Lene Krog East Carolina Golf

Romy Altmann Florida State Swimming

Caroline Westrup Florida State Golf

Claire Maust Georgia Swimming

Heather Kendell North Carolina Field Hockey

Sara Anundsen North Carolina Tennis

Emily Klein North Carolina-Wilmington Golf

Cassandra Price Radford Tennis

Klaudyna Kasztelaniec William & Mary Tennis

First Team – Men

Richard Redding Coastal Carolina Tennis

Ed Douglas Duke Lacrosse

Geoff Handsfield East Carolina Swimming

Luca De Matteis Florida Swimming

Kevin Nead Florida Swimming

Roberto Castro Georgia Tech Golf

Ofer Finkler Georgia Tech Swimming

Henrique Cancado Old Dominion Tennis

Ben Rubeor Virginia Lacrosse

Thomas Cunningham Virginia Military Institute Wrestling

Second Team

Dimitar Dimitrov Appalachian State Tennis

Jonas Enander Hedin Charlotte Golf

Ray Sheedy Charlotte Golf

Phillip Compeau Davidson Tennis

Alex Kennon Florida State Swimming

Jonas Blixt Florida State Golf

Brendon Todd Georgia Golf

Andrew An Mercer Golf

Barden Berry North Carolina Golf

Benjamin Carlotti North Carolina Tennis

Pat Mellors Virginia Swimming

Peter Borchelt Virginia Military Institute Swimming

Neil Savage Virginia Tech Swimming