March 23, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - Three University of Oklahoma student-athletes Ginger Russell, women's gymnastics, David Kjeldgaard, wrestling, and Huy Ly, men's gymnastics, were honored today with first-team GTE Academic All-District VI Team honors. A total of 10 student-athletes from both the men's and women's fall and winter sports were selected from the at-large team. All three Sooners are now eligible to earn Academic All-America honors.

Russell, a zoology major, is a senior all-arounder from Fort Smith, Ark. Russell has collected six balance beam championships this season and owns the highest beam average on the team with a 9.761. She highlighted the Big 12 Championships last Saturday by garnering a second-place finish (39.300) in the all-around. The conference has honored Russell as Big 12 Gymnast of the Year in 1998 and a two-time Big 12 Gymnast of the Week.

Kjeldgaard, a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, competed at 157 pounds for the Sooner wrestling team and is a management major. This season he compiled a 30-5 record and qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second-consecutive season. Kjeldgaard climbed as high as fourth in the national polls and was the Big 12 runner-up in his weight class.

Ly, a zoology-pre med major from Stillwater, Okla., has earned All-District VI honors for the second straight season. The senior team captain has set three career highs and has been an integral part of OU's lineup for four seasons. Ly is a candidate for the Nissen-Emery Award, presented annually to the nation's top men's collegiate gymnast.

First-team honorees consist of those who have maintained a 3.2 or better grade point average and are active competitors in their selected sports. District VI first team members will join the rest of the district selections from across the nation on the national ballot.