Four Sooners Named to Academic All-Big 12 Teams

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 25, 2006

DALLAS, Texas   Four University of Oklahoma women’s tennis players landed on the Academic All-Big 12 Tennis teams, the league office announced Tuesday. The Sooners ranked third in terms of most student-athletes named to the women’s teams.

“This is a great honor for these players, but we’re not surprised that they made the list,” said head coach Mark Johnson. “They have an established pattern of academic success.”

Sophomores Gabby Baker and Christi Baxley and juniors Anne Carter and Irina Lykina were all named to the first team. Baker, a journalism major, was given special distinction for maintaining a 4.00 grade point average and was one of only three student-athletes on the women’s and men’s teams with a perfect GPA. Baxley and Carter earned the honor for the first time, while Lykina was named to the first team last year.

The all-league squad consists of 38 first team members combined with five on the second team. First team members must maintain a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team members must have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or for the previous two semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of her team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

2006 Academic All-Big 12 Tennis first team (Oklahoma)

Name, Classification, Major, Hometown
*Gabby Baker, So., Journalism, Gold Coast, Australia
Christi Baxley, So., Undecided, New Braunfels, Texas
Anne Carter, Jr., Marketing, Edmond, Okla.
Irina Lykina, Jr., Accounting, Kazan, Russia

*Earned a 4.00 GPA.



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