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Tut Fuller, Dave Linn get Academic All-America honors

June 14, 2005
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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Swimming's Dave Linn and tennis' Tut Fuller were named to the ESPN The Magazine 2005 College Division Men's At-Large Academic All-America team that was announced today.

They were among 45 student-athletes -- including an impressive six from the MIAC -- honored from Division II, III and NAIA institutions in the sports of swimming, tennis, golf, wrestling, lacrosse and water polo.

Linn and Fuller are St. Thomas' second and third Co-SIDA Academic All-Americans this school year. (Two other UST women are on the national ballot in track and field and women's at-large.) UST has received this coveted honor 41 times, including 34 honorees in the last 15 years.

Linn (SR-Shorewood, Wis./Milwaukee Marquette HS) was a three-time first-team honoree and becomes just the fourth Tommie to become a three-time Academic All-American. He joins football players Curt Behrns (1993-95), Andrew Hilliard (2000-02) and Jake Barkley (2000-02). Hilliard also was a two-time honoree in track and field.

Linn, who graduated with a 3.98 gpa in Biology, has been accepted into medical school. He holds four school records and is a two-time honorable mention All-American. He placed third in the MIAC 100- and 200-backstroke this season and on his career was a four-time conference champion and eight-time top-five placer in the 100 and 200 backstroke and 200 IM. He was active on campus with the Biology club and as a volunteer throughout his career for Toys for Tots, Christmas ornament sale, foodshelf drive and American Cancer Society Swim-a-thon.

Fuller (SR-Dubuque, Iowa), a four-year tennis starter with 50-plus career wins near the top of the lineup, made was one of 15 second-team honorees. A first-team Academic All-District selection in 2004 and 2005, he's the second Tommie tennis player to receive the award (Jacob Kraus won in 2002). Fuller graduated with a 3.99 gpa in Biology and has been accepted into the University of Michigan medical school. Fuller also received two academic minors -- Business and Chemistry.

In 2005, he finished 15-5 at first singles player and 13-7 in doubles. As a junior in 2004 he finished 13-7 at No. 2 singles and 13-6 at No. 1 doubles. He was all-conference at first doublein 2004, and all-conference at second doubles in 2003. He was team MVP in 2004 and received UST's Most Determined Award in 2002 and 2005. He was team captain in 2004 and 2005. Among his campus and community activities include Red Cross Blood Drive, Women's Shelter Fundraiser, campus student-athlete committee, UST Physics Student of the Year in 2002-03, UST Chemistry Student of the Year in 2001-02, hospital volunteer 2003-05, and President of campus Tri-Beta Biology club in 04-05.

Other MIAC honorees were Augsburg's Mark Matzek and Ryan Valek from the Auggies' NCAA champion wrestling team; Pete Schwingler from Gustavus' national semifinal-qualifying tennis team; and St. John's All-American hockey goalie Adam Hanna.
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