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June 3, 1997

Red Raiders Lead the Way in Academic Selections

DALLAS - Texas Tech, tying Missouri for the most selections, had six golfers named to the 1997 Academic All-Big 12 Women's Golf Team, released today by the conference office.

The six Red Raiders included four golfers - sophomore Beth Covington (Sonora, Texas), junior Kristin Kight (Odessa, Texas), sophomore Brooke Lowrance (Snyder, Texas) and freshman Alana Soliz (Lubbock, Texas) - who led Tech to a second consecutive appearance in the NCAA West Regional Championships. The others are freshmen Julie McMahon (San Angelo, Texas) and Jill Stelzer (Post, Texas).

To qualify, a student-athlete must have been a letterwinner in his or her sport with a least a 3.0 grade point average in the previous two academic terms or have a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Student-athletes with a 3.30 grade point average or better are considered first team and a 3.00 to 3.29 GPA honorable mention.

"This team has a great deal to be proud of," said Texas Tech head coach Jeff Mitchell. "It is like having two jobs. They work extremely hard to be successful athletes. They also work very hard to be successful academically."

Covington, Kight, Lowrance and Soliz helped lead Tech to a sixth-place finish in the Big 12 Conference Women's Golf Championships. Lowrance tied for ninth at the Big 12 tourney. Kight and Lowrance played in all 10 of Texas Tech's tournaments this year, Covington participated in nine, while the rookie Soliz played in five events.

"They are required to do everything that other students do and they never complain," Mitchell said. "I am excited to see them excel at academics. A degree is always going to be the top priority. Athletics will always be important, but it will always be secondary to academics."

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