Kristina Puck Earns First-Team Academic All-America Tennis Honors

June 3, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Senior Kristina Puck (Hamburg, Germany) earned First-Team District III Academic All-America honors after posting a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA, as announced by the College Sports Information Director's Association. Puck is the third member of the JU tennis program to earn Academic All-America honors, joining senior Ben Birkmann (Bremen, Germany) and sophomore Martin Hehensteiger (Shechen, Germany). Puck and Birkmann have qualified for the national ballot, which will be announced on June 15 and June 17. Puck is the fifth JU student-athlete to earn Academic All-America awards this year, joining national First-Team Academic All-American senior women's soccer player Inge Heiremans (Tremelo, Belgium) and national Second-Team Academic All-America senior softball player Dianna Korcak (Clearwater, Fla.).

JU has had a banner year for academic honors, garnering five CoSIDA Academic All-America awards, 187 Atlantic Sun Academic All-Conference honors, 33 Pioneer League Academic Honor Roll honors and one National Scholar-Athlete Award for junior rower Lauren Calhoun (Baltimore, Md.).

Puck posted a 15-4 record in singles play and a 14-8 record in doubles action for the 15-2 Dolphins who ranked as high as No. 75 in the ITA polls midway through the season. Puck posted a 4-0 record in tournament doubles play and began the spring season on a 12-0 run. She was a four-time President's Honor Roll honoree for posting a 4.0 GPA and was the winner of the University Award, given to the JU female student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA. Puck also garnered two Atlantic Sun All-Conference honors and was named Atlantic Sun Tennis Player of the Week in 2003.