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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

June 15, 2006

Gena Lindsay Gathers One More Honor in Career With Academic All-America Award

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State senior student-athletes Gena Lindsay (St. Joseph, Mo.) was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America College Division At-Large Second Team, announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). This academic award is the second of Lindsay's career as she was a Third Team pick last season. The sports included in "At-Large Teams" are tennis, water polo, swimming, skiing, gymnastics, golf, ice hockey, rifle and field hockey.

Gena holds a 3.94 grade point average in elementary education. She becomes the third Academic All-American this year at Northwest and 17th Northwest recipient all-time.

A two-time MIAA MVP and MIAA Women's Tennis Sportsmanship Award winner, Lindsay leaves Northwest as one of the most decorated female tennis players. With a 77-26 doubles record, she holds the most career wins in school history. She has been a part of four North Central Region Championship teams. Holding a 19-1 mark at the top singles position this spring, Lindsay was ranked first in the North Central Region and picked up a unanimous All-MIAA First Team selection at No. 1 singles. She has logged a 80-10 career mark in singles action.

Lindsay rattled off a 29-match winning streak going back to the 2005 season. Of her 19 overall singles wins, 17 of them came in straight sets. Her string of wins came to an end against nationally-ranked Alejandra Miranda-Sanchez of Drury on April 28.

The Academic All-America Teams program honors 816 male and female student-athletes annually who have
succeeded at the highest level on the playing field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA (the College Sports Information Directors of America), a 2,000 member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

To be eligible, a student-athletes must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point
average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.

For a complete listing of the Academic All-America Teams, go to www.cosida.com.

*Northwest Academic All-Americans (1952-2006)*
Men's At-Large
Bill Bobo - 1994
Robby Lane -1998
Bob Sundell - 1989
Robby Lane - 1999
Zach Keith (3rd Team) - 2006

Women's At-Large
Kathy Kearns - 1997
Gena Lindsay - 2005 (3rd Team)
Gena Lindsay - 2006 (2nd Team)

Volleyball
Jill Quast (1st Team) - 2000

Track/Cross Country
Tucker Woolsey (1st Team) - 2002
Clint Prange (1st Team) - 2003
Clint Prange (1st Team) - 2005

Football
Robert (Chip) Gregory (1st Team) - 1981
Josh Lamberson (1st Team) - 2004
Troy Tysdahl (1st Team) - 2004
Josh Lamberson (1st Team) - 2005^

Women's Basketball
Marla Sapp - 1985
Betty Olson - 1984

Men's Basketball
Bob Sundell (2nd Team) - 1989

Softball
Kendra Smith (1st Team) - 2000

^ All-American of the Year in College Football Division

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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